SAFETY SUCCESS DURING FACILITY REDEVELOPMENTS

During 2018 and with the support of UDG Healthcare, Sharp undertook large-scale redevelopment projects at three different locations; Bethlehem PA, Rhymney in Wales and Heereveen in the Netherlands. By any standards this was a particularly challenging year for employee health and safety.

Heerenveen interior fit-out

In the UK Sharp undertook the complete reconstruction of a brownfield site for its European clinical business at Rhymney in the South Wales Valley’s. The principal contractor began the first phase of the rebuild in September 2017. With the new facility being nearly four times larger than the existing clinical site at Crickhowell, the scale of construction was significant and the EHS objective of the programme was to ensure an efficient, secure and safe facility for all Sharp staff and its customers.

New warehouse in Rhymney 

In April 2017, Sharp acquired a pharmaceutical packaging facility from Daiichi Sankyo in Bethlehem, PA. The facility, which will replace the existing clinical services site in Phoenixville, has been renovated and extended to include additional warehousing, primary and secondary production rooms as well as new office and meeting spaces. During the redevelopment project there was one minor injury and two near misses (both contractor-related) associated with the project and no environmental issues.

From the beginning, stringent systems were put in place to ensure all construction work was carried out in a safe manner with monthly EHS audits undertaken throughout the project. There were no reportable accidents and only two minor accidents recorded for the entire construction period. The construction programme was a complete success and the new clinical facility was handed over to Sharp’s General Manager Ian Morgan on schedule in July 2018.

DEA cage in Sharp Bethlehem

In the Netherlands Sharp began a third redevelopment project to transform an existing packaging site into a dedicated packaging facility for Santen. Construction began in March 2018 and was completed in August, ready for equipment installation and validation. The entire project was completed on time and without a single safety incident throughout the build – another significant safety success in 2018.