Accessibility

Statement of Commitment

GSK is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We are committed to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner, by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Accessibility Plan

GSK has a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan outlining the company’s strategy to prevent and remove barriers from its workplace and to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities. The Multi-Year Accessibility Plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every three years. Upon request, GSK will provide a copy of the Accessibility Plan in an accessible format.

View our Multi Year Plan

Accessible Information

Training

All GSK employees must complete the Accessibility training periodically or when changes are made to policies and procedures. This training is also provided to new hires as part of new employee orientation.

Accessible Information

  • Accessible Formats and Communication Supports for Employees
    Upon the request of an employee with a disability, GSK will consult with the employee to provide, or arrange for the provision of, accessible formats and communication supports for information that is needed to perform his/her job, and information that is generally available to other employees. In determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support, GSK will consult with the employee making the request.
  • Workplace Emergency Response Information
    GSK will provide a personal emergency evacuation plan to employees who have a disability upon request.
  • Individual Accommodation
    GSK has an individual accommodation process for employees with disabilities.
  • Return to Work Process
    GSK has a return to work process for its employees who have been absent from work due to a disability and who require disability-related accommodations in order to return to work. The return to work process outlines the steps GSK will take to facilitate the return to work and will include documented individual accommodation plans as part of the process.

Information and Communications

GSK is committed to meeting the communication needs of people with disabilities and remains open to receiving feedback regarding requirements. GSK will also ensure that our websites and web content meet or exceed the AODA WCAG 2.0 requirements.

Employment

  • Informing Employees of Support
    GSK will inform its employees of any policies and changes to policies related to support and accommodation for employees with disabilities.
  • Recruitment, Assessment or Selection Process
    GSK will notify its employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment process. GSK will notify job applicants, when they are individually selected to participate further in an assessment or selection process that accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used. If a selected applicant requests an accommodation, GSK will consult with the applicant and provide, or arrange for the provision of, a suitable accommodation in a manner that considers the applicant’s accessibility needs due to disability. After making offers of employment GSK will notify the successful applicant of its policies for accommodating employees with disabilities.
  • Performance Management, Career Development, Advancement & Redeployment
    GSK will consider the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when conducting performance management, providing career development and advancement to employees, or when redeploying employees.

Design of Public Spaces

GSK will meet the Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces when building or making major modification to public spaces related to our office location(s). This includes parking lots, office facilities, office furniture, signage, and service disruption requirements.

Accessible Customer Service

Accessible Customer Service

GSK will maintain policies and practices governing its provision of goods and services to persons with disabilities and use reasonable efforts to ensure that it does so in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. This includes but is not limited to making reasonable efforts to ensure that: the provision of goods, services, and facilities to persons with disabilities is integrated with the provision of the same to others (unless an alternative measure is necessary, whether temporary or permanent, to enable the person with a disability to access the same); persons with disabilities are given equal opportunity to benefit from the goods, services, or facilities; and communications are done in a manner that takes into account the person’s disability.

Accessible Formats and Communication Support

Upon request GSK will provide or will arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities in a timely manner, that considers the person’s accessibility needs due to disability. GSK will consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support.

Support Persons

Persons with disabilities are permitted to be accompanied by their support person in areas/premises that are open to the public when accessing goods and services provided by GSK. A support person is, in relation to a person with a disability, another person who accompanies them in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs or with access to goods or services.

GSK may deem it necessary to require a support person for a person with a disability in order to protect the health and safety of that person or of others on the premises. This will occur only after consultation with the person with a disability and when it is the only reasonable means to allow the person with a disability to access GSK’s goods or services.

Assistive Devices

Customers with disabilities may use an assistive device in order to access GSK’s goods and services. An assistive device is any technical aid, communicative device or medical aid modified or customized that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities.

Service Animals

When accessing GSK’s goods or services, persons with disabilities are permitted to be accompanied by their service animal and keep that animal with them in areas/premises that are open to the public, unless superseded by other legislation. An animal is a service animal for a person with a disability if it is readily apparent that the animal is used by the person for reasons relating to their disability, or if the person provides a letter from a physician, nurse, or other regulated health professional confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons relating to the disability.

It is the responsibility of the person using the service animal to ensure that the service animal is kept in control at all times while on GSK’s premises. No interaction with service animals is permitted unless permission is granted by the owner/handler. Upon request, water and an outdoor area suitable for the service animal’s needs will be provided.

In the event that a service animal is prohibited by law from entering GSK’s premises, GSK will ensure that other measures are available to enable the person with a disability to obtain, use or benefit from GSK’s goods or services.

Barriers

GSK will endeavour to minimize any barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from accessing GSK’s goods and services. A barrier is anything that prevents a person with a disability from fully participating in all aspects of society because of their disability, including a physical barrier, an architectural barrier, a technological barrier, a policy or a practice.

Communication

GSK will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.

Notice of Temporary Disruption

In the event of a planned service disruption to the facilities, services or systems that are relied upon by people with disabilities to access GSK’s goods or services, notice shall be provided in advance and as soon as possible. This notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration and a description of alternative facilities, services or systems that may be available. Notice may be given by posting the information on GSK’s premises or on the GSK website or by such other method that is reasonable under the circumstances.

Customer Feedback

GSK will ensure that its process for receiving and responding to feedback is accessible to persons with disabilities by providing, or arranging for the provision of, accessible formats and communications supports, upon request.

Feedback Process

GSK maintains a feedback process so that members of the public can comment on the provision of GSK’s goods or services to people with disabilities. The feedback process allows for comments in person, by telephone, in writing or email or other reasonable methods. All feedback will be directed to the Customer Service Centre and any subsequent feedback actions will take place within a reasonable period after receipt of the feedback. Information on the feedback process is available to the public, upon request.

Please access the Feedback form online.

Telephone number: 1-800-387-7374
Email address: cacsu@gsk.com
Address:
GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
Attn: GSK Customer Service
7333 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N 6L4