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Workplace Health & Safety

Management approach

Injury and work-related fatalities


Edwards Lifesciences’ work to promote Workplace Health and Safety serves our Aspiration to Attract and Engage Talented Employees.

Providing Edwards employees with health resources and safe working conditions.


Management Approach

Edwards Lifesciences believes our mission to help patients begins with the well-being of our employees. Maintaining a strong and healthy workforce enables us to stay focused on our goals and dedicate our energies towards the development of life-saving therapies.

Total Wellness at Edwards

Our Executive Leadership Team (ELT) drives Edwards’ wellness efforts across our organization. They believe better health leads to better performance and ensure that we regularly sponsor wellness initiatives for our employees. Edwards also offers a competitive employee benefits package that includes health and welfare insurance, health savings accounts and on-site programs and offerings.

Our Total Wellness program supports employees across the globe to enhance, maintain and achieve a healthy lifestyle. This holistic approach improves well-being through six pillars. We aim to offer and encourage participation in programs aligning with all six Total Wellness pillars at 100 percent of locations with more than 100 employees.

“After ‘Knowing My Numbers’ through Edwards’ annual biometric wellness screenings, I began adding one healthy change a month, such as more sleep and better eating habits. Our Total Wellness Program supplemented by focus on making a lifestyle change, a little at a time, for lasting results.” – Heather Haworth, VP, Associate General Counsel

Six Pillars for Total Wellness

1. Prevention

  • Annual Know Your Numbers biometric wellness screenings
  • Healthy lifestyle wellness coaching for all employees and their covered spouses
  • On-site HIGI machines at our Irvine, CA, and Draper, UT, facilities that allow employees to track biometric numbers
  • Online Health Risk Assessments
  • Quit for Life® smoking cessation program
  • Annual on-site flu clinics

2. Nutrition

  • 12-week weight loss programs
  • On-site cafeteria with healthy food options at our Irvine, CA, and Draper, UT, campuses
  • Farmer's Market at Irvine, CA, and Draper, UT, campuses

3. Physical Activity

  • On-site fitness centers at our Irvine, CA, and Draper, UT, campuses
  • Workout competitions
  • Physical activity challenges that give active employees the opportunity for raffle prizes

4. Education

  • Take Charge newsletter with information about wellness and employee benefits
  • Wellness and benefit resources on employee intranet
  • On-site information sessions
  • Take Charge mobile site with health resources
  • Meditation and Mindfulness classes

5. Financial Fitness

  • Annual retirement plan education meetings
  • Retirement readiness program
  • One-on-one financial planning assistance
  • On-site educational webinars

6. Community Service

Please refer to Volunteerism & Giving for information about our employee volunteer programs

We also offer Total Wellness programs at global facilities with more than 30 employees. For example, many employees at Edwards’ Singapore facility have long commutes and limited time for exercise and food preparation. To help these employees achieve a better balance in their lifestyle, we provide annual health checks, a cafeteria with healthy eating choices and weight-loss programs.

Our global wellness programs include:

  • Weight loss competitions
  • Walking challenges
  • Preventive health exams and screenings
  • Financial education classes
  • Health education seminars
  • Monthly and quarterly wellness newsletters

Workplace Safety

Edwards focuses on workplace design, early intervention and overall prevention of injuries and illnesses before they become a concern. We strive to ensure employees who are injured on the job receive appropriate medical care to help them recover and return to work in a healthy and productive manner. We track and report injury rates and consistently perform favorably when compared with our industry benchmarks. All sites have health centers or first aid rooms fully equipped, including Automated External Defribrillators (AEDs) throughout the facilities and an active first aid program with trained personnel. Four of our six manufacturing sites have occupational health nurses, with some sites staffed with occupational health physicians and physical therapists.

Annual Performance

Every year, Edwards becomes stronger in our mission to improve health—starting with our workforce. In 2015 and 2016, 93 percent of U.S. Edwards employees participated in free biometrics screenings.

U.S. Wellness Numbers

U.S. Employee Participation in Biometric Screenings (2015 /2016)


U.S. Employees Enrolled in an Edwards-Sponsored Medical Plan (2016 /2017)


Health Costs Per Employee Per Year (2015 /2016)

12.1% below market

During 2016, Edwards encouraged employees to begin taking incremental steps to improve their overall well-being by focusing on key areas of action for living a healthy life through programs such as Total Wellness and Know Your Numbers. To encourage employees to increase their physical activity, Edwards implemented a two-month program to help employees build healthy physical activity habits. This program included the Workout Challenge where employees were incentivized with prizes to exercise 16 times each month. We also offered organized physical activity clubs, movement reminders and onsite seminars, such as “Effects of Exercise on the Body.”

Edwards’ dedication to Total Wellness earned recognition in 2016 among leading health organizations and standards, including: 

  • CEO Cancer Gold Standard for workplace wellness
  • American Heart Association Platinum Achievement for Fit-Friendly Worksite
  • Recognition for our benefits program from the National Human Resources Association of Orange County

Workplace Safety

To prevent occupational illnesses arising from ergonomic conditions, Edwards implements aggressive prevention strategies that focus on three contributing factors: employee, task and workplace. We facilitate ongoing employee awareness of ergonomics, proper posture, workstation setup, physical warning signs and early reporting of injuries through training, posters, meetings and videos. We identify high-risk ergonomic tasks through ergonomic assessments and determine control measures to eliminate or reduce the risk. Workstations are ergonomically designed to promote neutral postures with ergonomic chairs, adjustable equipment and ergonomic tools. Additionally, our two Critical Care manufacturing sites in the Caribbean have achieved OHSAS 18001 accreditation for excellence in occupational health and safety. We have a strong commitment to preventing and reducing employee injuries. We track incident rates to improve our manufacturing practices and promote a safe workforce. 

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Global Lost Time Injury Rate Over Time (Days away from work cases per 100 employees)
0.20 0.62 0.42 0.32 0.36 0.33
Global Recordable Case (Injury) Rate Over Time (Cases per 100 employees)
0.78 1.83 1.42 1.28 1.16 1.22

Our Aspirations

Attract and Engage Talented Employees

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Sustainability Targets
Offer and encourage participation in health and wellness programs that align with six Total Wellness pillars at 100% of locations with more than 100 employees.
Attract and Engage Talented Employees
Highlight Story
Heather Haworth Awarded for
Heart-Healthy Triumphs
"I lost 40 pounds in four months and hit my goal of 80 pounds lost in less than a year.” Heather Haworth, VP, Associate General Counsel, took Total Wellness at Edwards to heart, quite literally. Heather knew she needed to make a change; she had heart palpitations, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The seminal day occurred a year ago at a 5K run with her family—she couldn’t keep up. Edwards’ culture of wellness allowed her to prioritize: after “knowing her numbers,” Heather began adding one healthy change a month. “Once I forgave myself and committed to a positive mindset, I was motivated to stick to my goals for a lasting change.” She recently and proudly completed a 10K Spartan Run. In March 2017, Heather was recognized for her heart-healthy accomplishments with the 2017 Lifestyle Change Award at the Orange County AHA Go Red for Women luncheon.