Workplace Safety

The health and safety of employees and contractors is a top priority for Philip Morris International (PMI), and we are committed to providing a safe and secure work environment. Our goal is to eliminate all work related injuries and illnesses. 

Safety is particularly important in manufacturing locations and for workers who drive our vehicles. Each work location has safety rules that must be followed. We comply with all health and safety laws, as well as our own health and safety policies, which often go beyond what the law requires.

Having safety rules alone is not enough, though. PMI’s commitment to safety requires all our employees to be alert to safety risks as they go about their jobs. All employees and anyone else working on our premises must know the health and safety requirements associated with their work, and we train and support behavioral safety programs accordingly.


A Lost Time Injury (LTI) is a work related injury that results in lost time beyond the day of the incident. The number of LTI’s occurring per 200,000 hours worked (LTI rate) provides a standard measure of safety performance.

Reaching zero LTIs is a challenging goal for all of us, but a number of our factories have demonstrated that it is possible. Achievement of our safety goals is supported by ongoing initiatives, such as: 

  • British Standard OHSAS 18001** implementation in our factories. This certification requires taking a planned and prioritized approach to reducing our workplace health and safety risks, and integrating good safety management as a fundamental part of how we do business;
  • Job safety and behavioral analyses;
  • Employee training courses;
  • Routine and planned inspections conducted by the management team and supervisors;
  • Reinforcing our safety commitments across the whole organization, including our sales force through our Fleet Safety Program; and
  • Taking our commitment beyond our employees to cover contractors and other third parties.

Vehicle Fleet Safety

With a fleet of more than 25,000 vehicles, fleet safety is an important issue. We track and analyze the number of crashes and incidents involving our vehicles so we can target improvements in safe driving. To do this we have implemented online fleet safety training for our employees who drive as part of their work, defensive driver training, and safety equipment enhancements to our vehicles.

* Lost time injuries per 200,000 hours worked.

** A British Standard for occupational health and safety management, which is internationally recognized.

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