Optimizing employee health, safety and well-being is important to our work. We believe that it not only benefits our employees but also helps to reduce absence-related costs, increases productivity and drives business success. We focus on preventing both work-related and non-work-related accidents and injuries, as well as enabling employees to improve their health and well-being at work and at home.
During these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the protection of our employees is of the utmost priority. The company rapidly constituted a Crisis Management Team to monitor the situation and recommend measures to senior management, with the aim to shield our employees, ensure adherence to governmental intervention measures and protect the company from damages. Thanks to our state-of-art infrastructure, we were able to react swiftly, enabling more than 60% of our employees to work from home. Special protection measurements, such as high-quality face masks and disinfection stations, were immediately implemented to protect those who were not able to work from home, such as our people in the labs. We continue to closely monitor the situation and look forward to welcoming our workforce back to our premises around the globe.
An important part of cultivating a healthy workplace is investing in our employees’ awareness of their own health through strategies such as health screening and emotional health offerings. In addition, we have numerous employee Health & Well-being programs and support services in place, including on-site massages, medical check up’s for employees working in laboratories, risk analysis’ for pregnant women, support during pregnancy and breastfeeding time, annual flu shots, relaxation pods, discount on gym memberships, and ergonomic consulting for the workplace.
Internal audits in occupational health and safety are performed by the external auditor "Swiss Safety Center" in all research laboratories. For each field of occupational safety (e.g. chemical, biological and radio safety), we provide comprehensive trainings and instructions, especially for new employees.
In 2019, Idorsia’s First Aid Team organized a CPR / AED training course (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / Automated External Defibrillator) for all employees at headquarters. In addition, eye washing, fire extinguisher, and spill kit trainings were performed for employees working in the laboratories.