Performance: Safety, health & wellbeing

Our commitment

We are committed to promoting a safe, healthy and energizing work environment in which our people, and those from third-parties working closely with us, are able to express their talents, drive innovation, and improve business performance.
Progress against our 2015 targets for safety, health and wellbeing is summarised below.

During 2013 a number of activities and initiatives focused on delivery of improvements in key risk areas were undertaken. The identification of specific sites or business units in need of improvement (“hot spots”) enabled the effective targeting of appropriate interventions and support in areas such as driver safety, fall prevention, stress management, ergonomics, accident investigation and training in behavioural SHE. Here you can find more information on driver safety and health and wellbeing activities during the year.
Progress against our 2015 targets for safety, health and wellbeing is summarised below.

  • Fatalities (zero tolerance) – There were no fatalities involving AstraZeneca employees, contractors or members of the public during 2013.
  • Accidents and illnesses – In 2013, the lost time injury/illness rate reduced by 10% compared to 2012. This result means that we have achieved our 2015 target, of a 25% reduction in the lost time injury/illness rate from the 2010 baseline, two years early. An estimated total of 4400 working days were lost due to workplace accidents and occupational illnesses in 2013.
Lost time injury

Categories of accident with serious injury

Categories of occupation

We continue to work together with our contractors to ensure the same level of safety commitment as we would expect from our own employees. In 2013 the lost time injury rate for contractors working on our global engineering and construction projects and activities was 0.59 per million hours worked, compared to 1.93 in 2012. The rate is significantly lower than the construction industry norms in the countries in which we are working.

Driver safety

The 2013 collisions per million kilometers driven KPI was 6.13(CPMK), which represents an 18% improvement on 2012 performance. We achieved our 2013 target and we are on track to meet our 2015 target which reflects a 40% reduction from the 2008 baseline.

Collisions per million miles driven

Health and wellbeing 

In 2013 86% of our sites around the world offered at least four essential health programmes for employees, meeting our 2013 target of > 80%. By 2015 we aim to have >80% of sites offering all six essential health programmes. You can read more about health and wellbeing in AstraZeneca here.

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