Employee Safety, Health
The safety and well-being of our employees is just as important to us as the safety of the children and consumers who play with our toys and games (see Product Safety). Hasbro is committed to providing safe, healthy, and productive workplaces globally. Our approach is that every accident is preventable and our goal is an injury-free workplace.
Keeping Employees Safe
We have implemented strict safety standards at all our facilities and operations, based on global best practice and regulatory requirements. These standards cover all areas of employee health and safety, including performance and accountability processes, employee education, training and communications, incident reporting and investigation, and safety inspections. In addition to our internal standards, all Hasbro facilities are required to meet local and country requirements.
We ensure compliance through regular audits of our owned and operated facilities. Our office and distribution facilities are audited on a rotating basis every three, and five years, respectively.
The health and safety hazards encountered by our employees vary by facility, type of operation, and job task, and may be posed by machinery, material handling, operating industrial vehicles, working with chemicals and tools, or office work. Through careful design of our products and facilities, as well as safeguards, warning devices, personal protective equipment, administrative controls, and clear policies and training, we work to eliminate workplace risk. For example:
- Managers, supervisors, and team leaders must complete incident investigation training
- Employees who work with, or who may be exposed to, live electrical circuitry must complete specific training every two years
- Employees who handle hazardous waste must complete annual training
Avoiding Office Injuries
We take multiple approaches to preventing ergonomic injuries, such as sprains and repetitive stress, among our employees. All Hasbro offices document ergonomic practices and procedures, and communicate this advice to employees. Whenever we add a new process or activity, we assess potential hazards and conditions that might lead to musculoskeletal injuries.
We also ask employees to report any symptoms immediately so they can get treatment and take steps to avoid a more serious injury. We provide ergonomics training such as proper lifting techniques to employees whose jobs involve risk factors such as repetitive motion, excessive force, awkward body postures or positions, or vibration.
Visit our 2015 CSR Report Update for more information on global and regional injury and illness rates.