Bristol-Myers Squibb Indiana Manufacturing Facilities Achieve Department Of Labor’s OSHA “Star” Status

Recognition Focuses on Excellence in Workplace Safety and Health

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 8:00 am EDT



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EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company’s (NYSE: BMY) pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in Evansville and Mount Vernon, Indiana have earned the Indiana Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) prestigious “Star” certification, the highest level of recognition the Agency offers through its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The Star designation is held by only 35 other companies/sites in Indiana. Approval into the VPP is OSHA's official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health management programs.

The Mt. Vernon and Evansville sites focus on pharmaceutical manufacturing, including finishing, packaging, warehousing, laboratory support, and quality control operations.

“Our commitment to providing the highest quality medicines for patients in need goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to workplace safety,” said Carlo de Notaristefani, president, Technical Operations, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “This recognition by Indiana OSHA is an important safety milestone for our manufacturing sites in Mt. Vernon and Evansville and highlights a safety culture where management support and high employee involvement result in outstanding health and safety protection to employees, contractors and visitors.

The areas of excellence highlighted by OSHA included the existence of various employee-driven teams that raise and address safety issues and concerns, review site safety procedures, conduct training and promote safety awareness.

“Most significantly, this is all about our employees having a safe place to work and the employee effort that made it happen,” said John Wellemeyer, general manager, Indiana Technical Operations, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “You don’t achieve Star status without full active participation and commitment from your workforce, and everyone at both facilities can take pride in contributing to this achievement.”

Initiated in 1982, OSHA’s VPP recognizes and partners with businesses and work sites that show excellence in occupational safety and health – as well as a commitment to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards.

Star participants have implemented comprehensive safety and health management systems, have achieved injury/illness rates below their industry’s national average and are self-sufficient in their ability to control work site hazards.

Sites with Star status are re-evaluated every three to five years, with incident rates reviewed annually. Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Evansville and Mt. Vernon Star status was awarded by Indiana OSHA.

“Whenever we can welcome another Indiana employer into the ranks of the best of the best among safety conscious employers, we are elated to do so,” said Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Lori A. Torres. “Indiana’s VPP program is based upon rigorous criteria and scrutiny, so certification is a genuine accomplishment.”

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