Health & Safety

Biogen Idec strives to maintain a healthy and safe work environment.

In 2010, we implemented a new, web-based database for managing health- and safety-related incidents and events. The database streamlines the process for notifying superiors, assigning corrective actions and creating an incident log, which is an account of all work-related injuries and illnesses. This new system enhances our ability to track trends, such as types of injuries, activities and locations, and allows us to be more proactive in our health and safety program management. We regularly update the system to keep pace with the changing requirements of our business. We also require all employees to attend safety classes specifically tailored to their lines of work.

In addition to ensuring workplace safety, we work to promote the health and well-being of our employees. We offer a range of education, tools, resources and programs to help each person optimize his or her health, including annual wellness fairs, health-centric ‘Lunch ’n Learns’ and incentives to take a personal health assessment. Individual sites also host their own events. For example, in Research Triangle Park, NC, in 2010, we introduced a team-based, 10-week weight-loss program in which participating employees lost 5 percent of their total weight.

OHSAS 18001 Certified Manufacturing Facility in Hillerød

In 2011, our Hillerød facility received OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001 certification. OSHAS 18001 is a standard for health and safety management systems, designed to help organizations manage and control their occupational health and safety risks.

As part of the certification process, a cross-functional team worked with a wide range of employees to identify our most significant health and safety issues and, as needed, develop corrective action programs and processes to minimize these risks. In addition, the team set measurable targets and goals, which will be used to track the facility's progress over time. Moving forward, Hillerød management will annually review the facility's program and performance to identify further opportunities to improve the system and enhance health and safety at the site.