A Long-standing and Recognized Commitment
IBM's commitment to workplace safety was first formalized in 1967. Today, our safety record is among the best in the industry. Having moved beyond compliance, IBM has implemented best practices in health and safety management globally to ensure the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses for our employees.
The company's focus on workplace safety also extends to contractors working on IBM premises and provides them with information regarding working safely, reviewing potentially high-risk work activities and, when safety concerns are identified, requiring that they are addressed by contractor management.
IBM obtains independent third-party recognition to verify the effectiveness of such safety initiatives as the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which provides official recognition of excellent safety and health (well-being) programs.
The OSHA VPP STAR award recognizes corporations that demonstrate leadership in workplace injury and illness prevention and who have been successful in reducing workplace hazards. Over the years a number of IBM sites in the U.S. have received OSHA's highest recognition as Voluntary Protection Program Star sites, including:
For many years, IBM has also earned several prestigious awards for global leadership in health and safety, some of which are noted below.
|Location||Name of Award||Sponsoring Organization|
|US||Edward N Brandt, Jr. Award||National Aids Fund|
|US||John D Thompson Distinguished Fellow Award||Yale School of Medicine's Health Management Program|
|US||Computerworld Honors Award — Laureate Award||Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation|
|Burlington, VT||Vermont OSHA Green Mountain VPP||State of Vermont Department of Labor|
|East Fishkill, NY||"Recognition of Significant Improvement Award"||National Safety Council (NSC)|
|Rochester, MN||Occupational Excellence Achievement Award||National Safety Council (NSC)|
|Yorktown, NY||Occupational Excellence Achievement Award||National Safety Council (NSC)|
|Burlington, VT||Governor's Worksite Wellness Award — bronze||Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport|
|Tucson, AZ||Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) VPP Star recertification||State of Arizona|
|Poughkeepsie, NY||OSHA VPP STAR||US Dept of Labor|
|Argentina||National Quality||PNC (Premio Nacional de Calidad)|
|Global||OHSAS 18001 re-certification||Bureau Veritas|
|US||APEX Award for Quality||United Health Group|
|US||C Everett Koop National Health Award||The Health Project|
|Austria||Gütesiegel Betriebliche Gesundheitsförderung (BGF award)||Network of Health Promotion|
|IBM International Holdings Singapore (MFG)||Singapore H.E.A.L.T.H Award (Helping Employees Achieve Life-Time Health). Gold award||Singapore Government Ministry — Health Promotion Board|
|Taiwan||Healthy workplace certificate||Bureau of Health Promotion — Dept of Health Republic of China (Taiwan)|
U.S. and Global Injury/Illness Statistics
The following table details the performance results of IBM's safety programs in a sampling of countries. Trending global injury/illness data allows IBM to monitor emerging trends aligned with our current business and emerging strategic business growth areas. Because of the changing nature of IBM's business, IBM has determined that the rate for all industries as a comparative norm for 2005 and beyond is appropriate. The company consistently demonstrates low workday case rates (a measurement of injury/illness severity and business impact). In this table, n/a indicates data is not available. The sampling of countries listed below includes IBM locations with a significant employee presence and/or are manufacturing locations. The injury rates assume an average of 2000 hours worked per employee per year. Singapore data pertains to injuries with three or more days of lost time. Due to differences in governmental requirements, a direct comparison between countries is not appropriate.
The charts below represent IBM U.S. OSHA rates, along with the rates for general industry. These are the rates for total work-related injury/illness cases reported under the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act. In addition to lost-time cases, they include cases that required medical treatment or restricted the employee's work activity. Some numbers have been updated from prior years.