Project Profile: Life Sciences


In 1991, Safety Management Group began a partnership with a large life sciences company in an effort to help manage their contractor safety processes. At the program’s inception, the OSHA incident rate (TRIR) for all contractors including construction, facility maintenance, and laboratory was over 26 injuries per 100 employees.

The SMG team first engaged with the company and their contractors through interactive field visits during which the goal was to gain an in-depth understanding of the behaviors behind the incident rate. With these findings in mind, SMG created and implemented safety initiatives to improve the safety performance.

Within the first two years of implementation, the incident rate was reduced by more than half, but it was still too high. So the SMG team kept plugging. Over time and in close collaboration with the client, we have implemented a pre-qualification process, orientation training, and pre-job planning process—as well as other proven safety practices.

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The result of this focused and in-depth effort was a reduction in incidents by another 52% the following three years. In partnership with SMG, this life sciences firm was able to reduce their TRIR by a total of 77% in just five years.

Today, SMG has more than 25 full-time safety professionals engaged for this client at sites across the country. Our team not only supports contractor safety, but also the client’s employee safety, environmental compliance, and permitting processes.

Here’s How We Did It

Focused on continuous improvement the team instituted a number of improvements to the contractor safety program, achieving a TRIR that has been under 1.0 for 13 consecutive years.

This client’s contractor OSHA incident rate is currently at 0.45. This represents a rate reduction of 98.4% since we began working together.


TRIR Rate Reduction

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