In 2019, Grifols published its new Health and Safety Policy that centers on people and integrates all preventive activities at every level of the organization. It ensures that all Grifols companies, as well as collaborating companies, carry out activities to promote occupational health and safety, while complying with the regulations, standards and provisions applicable in each country, as well as with Grifols’ health anf safety standards.

The Health and Safety area provides objectives at the corporate level and each company then determines its annual goals. Grifols also supervises Health and Safety Management Systems of the subsidiaries through an audit program. Each company administers and implements the occupational health and safety management system.

The active participation of Grifols’ employees in occupational health and safety teams and committees not only helps identify and control the risk of hazards but also encourages and promotes the importance of occupational health and safety within the company.

Grifols’ centers in Spain have OHSAS 18.001:2007 certification. International subsidiaries have their own individual systems aligned with corporate policies and adapted to each country.

Grifols has an Occupational Health and Safety Department that provides services to the entire group. Control of the corporate health and safety program is carried out at three levels:

  • Monthly monitoring of key performance indicators
  • Assessment visits to all companies and monitoring of preventive plans
  • Corporate audits

Comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety Management

Identification of hazards and risk minimization 

Integrated into the design phase of facilities, process changes and the acquisition of new equipment

Training and health and safety awareness programs

This is aimed at ensuring all employees receive information and training on health anf safety. Participation begins when the employee joins the group, when there are job placement changes and throughout the employees’ working life, in accordance with the job carried out.

Training is a key management tool and during 2019 investments to make it more agile and appropriate to the workplace were made.

Strengthening employee
and health 

Grifols has several programs to promote the well-being of its employees in the main countries in which it operates. In the U.S., the program includes a personal health advisor and wellness markers.

In Spain, a physiotherapist forms part of the ergo-rondas program. In addition, two new courses - Energy and Well-being and Mindfulness - that complement the existing ones for stress management and emotional intelligence have been added to the Academy’s portfolio.

Shift workers have also been assigned a specific nutrition course that takes their schedules into account. Also, all the subsidiaries celebrated a day/week dedicated to safety and health. 

Both in Spain and in the U.S., activities were carried out to promote sports activities. Furthermore, in Spain, specialized doctors delivered talks as part of a cardiovascular-risk campaign.


Occupational health and safety metrics

U.S. and Spanish employees represent about 90% of Grifols’ total workforce. Various indicators are tracked in all subsidiaries, including accident rates. Results for 2019:

Grifols investigates all accidents, including those with leave, minor incidents and accidents in itinere in countries where these are regulated. The company works continuously to improve its prevention systems. 

At Grifols production centers, workers report a low rate of work-related illnesses, since all processes associated with plasma follow a rigorous protocol and technical, organizational and personal preventative measures are taken at all times. The plasma donation centers present a risk of possible infection due to contact with blood at the time of extraction. Thus, Grifols has implemented an exposure control program to anticipate accidents and, when appropriate, take action.

In 2019, data from Progenika, Araclon and Kiro Grifols in Spain, as well as from countries other than U.S. and the Spain, are reflected in the Rest of the World (ROW). Taking into account the expanded scope of this report, the global number of accidents increased in the U.S., although the number of accidents with leave has remained the same.

The number of accidents in Spain also increased, including those with leave. Specific actions taken did not deliver the expected results. As a result, in 2019 the company designed a new 3-year plan for each company in Spain, which has been approved by management. 


The occupational health, safety and well-being of Grifols’ employees have a direct impact on absentee rates. The company works with an absenteeism management model with established benchmarks to quantify its cost impact. 

Grifols implemented several measures to foster the integrated health management of its workforce in order to address the root causes of absenteeism. These include complementary accident insurance and corporate medical services with physiotherapy sessions based on task-observation protocol to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. The company also carries out awareness sessions, return-to-work interviews after extended sick leaves, and communication protocols for employee absences.

In Spain, absenteeism hours totaled 424,902 hours, compared to 387,318 hours in 2018, reflecting an increase of 9.7%. During the same period, the workforce grew by 7.2%. In 2019, it is worth noting the increase of hours with illness.

Since April 2019, paternity leave in Spain was extended from five to eight weeks. As of January 1, 2020, a parent other than the birth mother will have 12 weeks of leave for the birth of a child, following Spanish legislation implemented to guarantee equal treatment and opportunities in employment and occupation.

In the U.S., absenteeism hours amounts to 419,807 hours in 2019. Although maternity and paternity leave hours in the U.S. are not paid for by the government, Grifols is subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act, which stipulates the right to 12 weeks of leave.

WORK-LIFE balance measures


Grifols works to promote a corporate culture that ensures an optimal work-life balance, allowing employees to combine their professional and personal responsibilities.

In December 2019 in Spain, Grifols launched a series of work-life balance measures (*), which will later be rolled out in other countries. These build upon those already in place and apply to:

  • Flexible entry and exit schedule
  • Guidelines for digital disconnection
  • Option of dividing a vacation day into hours
  • Teleworking promotion
  • Shorter workdays on Fridays

(*) applicable according to profile