Teva cares about its employees' safety and strives to be one of the safest companies in the pharmaceutical industry. We are continuously working to improve, by instilling a strong safety culture worldwide. Our goal is to achieve a zero accident rate, through our rigorous compliance with global safety standards.
Teva uses the standardized OSHA
(Occupation Safety and Health Administration) incident rates, which are applied extensively throughout the industry. Our annual incident rates demonstrate a consistent decrease
(-21% decrease in 2010 compared to 2009), owing to Teva's ongoing, global activities to heighten safety awareness.
Teva invests a great deal of effort and resources to guarantee our employees' safety. We take active measures to ensure that our safety culture is adopted across all sites worldwide. Our main safety activities include:
Strict follow-up on annual safety work plans
Audits conducted by independent bodies as well as in-house teams, each involving a large number of employees.
Job Safety Analysis (JSA) of safety-related issues of each and every workstation, with the participation of the employees.
Periodic Safety forums and conferences held regularly.
Risk Management and Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) plans incorporated into working procedures, serve as both preventive measures and a means to identify and mitigate potential risks.
Safety training held at each site according to predefined training procedures and training work plans. Both employees and managers participate in direct safety training.
Incident debriefing: Every work accident and near miss is analyzed using the Debriefing and Lesson Extraction (DALE) system, especially developed for Teva’s needs. Insights are carefully reviewed and lessons are extracted, to be incorporated in the organizational collective memory.
Employees' involvement: Employees are encouraged to take an active part in Teva's safety efforts. Safety representatives, improvement teams and safety committees operate on a regular basis. 15% of Teva's employees around the world serve as safety representatives, thus contributing to the company's safety culture.