Health & Safety

When we talk about preventing injuries at Lilly, we like to say: "good medicine is no accident." We can't continue to serve our patients if our employees are hurt or unable to be productive. Many of our employees spend large amounts of time driving, thus risking motor vehicle accidents. Others are in laboratories where they work with potentially dangerous materials. Still others face ergonomic injury risks from working in a manufacturing setting. Our ultimate goal is for no employee to ever be hurt on the job.

In 2008, we established new goals to reduce employee injuries. We report our progress against these targets to senior management and the public. We measure health and safety performance globally using rates of serious injuries and lost time injuries.[1] Our goal is to reduce both rates by 50 percent by the end of 2013, compared with 2007.[2] Our third safety goal is to reduce collisions per million miles—i.e., the rate of vehicle accidents—by 50 percent by the end of 2013, also compared with 2007.


50% reduction in serious injury rate

50% reduction in lost time injury rate

50% reduction in motor vehicle collision                     rate

Serious injury rates have been declining the past 5 years.Percentage breakdown of serious injuries.


Our serious injury rate has dropped by 33 percent since 2007. Reductions in areas such as slips, trips, and falls and motor-vehicle collisions have been partially offset by an increase in ergonomic-risk injuries and illnesses, predominantly in administrative areas.

Graph showing the 2013 goal of lost time injury ratesPercentage breakdown of lost time due to injuries.


Chart displaying goal of motor vehicle collision to declined significantly in 2013.


Motor vehicle safety is measured in collisions per million miles, and collisions are reported around the globe. Our implementation of behind-the-wheel training, our Global Mobile Electronic Device policy, and other defensive-driving techniques have begun to have a positive impact on this rate. However, we realize that it will require significant effort to reach our 2013 goal.

[1] The serious injury rate is defined by the number of work-related injuries and illnesses that require medical treatment beyond immediate first aid per 100 employees working full time for a year. The lost-time injury rate, which reflects the severity of serious injuries, equals the number of serious injuries that result in an employee missing at least one day of work, per 100 employees working full time for a year.

[2] Recent acquisitions are not included in the data in this report; we estimate that the impact of recently acquired entities on our overall safety and environmental performance data is minimal. We are working to integrate the performance metrics of recently acquired entities for future reporting years.