Our employees’ health, safety, and well-being are a top priority for Zoetis. We are committed to a culture of safety in each of our locations around the world. We comply with all safety and health laws and regulations in the communities where we operate, and we have developed our own internal standards to create safe workplaces. Our employees have the right to a safe and healthy place to work.
Safety in Manufacturing
An example of our commitment to safety is found in our manufacturing division. The 28 sites that make up the Zoetis manufacturing network share a dedication to quality and safety that is embedded in all our manufacturing and supply processes.
Each of our manufacturing facilities is designed to meet the regulatory requirements in place for working with chemical or infectious disease agents. We work closely with government agencies and other key regulators in the countries where we operate to ensure that we follow their guidelines and regulations.
As of 2016, Zoetis performed better than the industry average in our manufacturing employee safety as measured by the total injury rate. Total injury rate is defined as workplace injuries with treatment beyond first aid per 100 employees. Zoetis’ injury rate has declined year over year.
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Star Award
The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has recognized Zoetis for exemplary achievement in occupational safety beginning in 1999. OSHA has awarded Star status to Zoetis through the Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program, which promotes effective worksite safety and health. The award has been given to three Zoetis manufacturing and supply sites; Whitehall, Illinois starting in 1999; Lee's Summit, Missouri beginning in 2009; and Lincoln, Nebraska beginning in 2010. To achieve this voluntary certification, Zoetis has repeatedly met strict performance-based criteria of a managed safety and health system, and underwent rigorous onsite evaluations by OSHA safety and health experts. The OSHA Star status also recognizes Zoetis’ best practices for occupational safety.