Employee Health, Safety & Well-Being

  • GRI

  • 403,

    Occupational Health and Safety 2018

  • 403-6,

    Promotion of worker health

  • 403-9,

    Work-related injuries

  • 403-10

    Work-related ill health

At Johnson & Johnson, we take an uncompromising approach to safety in everything we do. We also invest extensively in the health and well-being of our employees; we believe that advancing health for humanity starts with protecting and enhancing the total health—physical, mental, emotional and financial—of our workforce.

We aim to ensure that all our employees around the world, as well as temporary contractors and visitors to our sites, can work safely. Our workplace health and safety programs include adherence to our robust global safety standards, risk assessments, extensive training and communications. We continuously expand health and well-being benefits throughout Johnson & Johnson globally, incorporating new thinking and technologies to help employees achieve their personal mind and body health goals.

Global Employee Safety (%)*

2020 2021 2022 Lost WorkdayCase Rate Serious Injury and Illness Case Rate Total RecordableInjury Rate 0.05 0.05 0.06 0.03 0.02 0.03 0.24 0.27 0.23 Lost WorkdayCase Rate Serious Injury andIllness Case Rate Total RecordableInjury Rate 2020 2021 2022 0.05 0.05 0.06 0.03 0.02 0.03 0.23 0.27 0.24
* See the Employee Safety table in the ESG Performance Data section of this Report for footnote considerations related to Global Employee Safety data.
Ensuring people can work safely is foundational to their well-being. In fact, nothing is more important. However, we must continue to remain vigilant. With so many facilities and operations around the world, presenting potential safety risks every minute of every day, we rely on our approximately 153,700 people, as well as contractors and visitors to our sites, to practice safe working in every single one of those minutes.

Johan Geerinck

Worldwide Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety, Johnson & Johnson

To reinforce best safety practices, in 2022, we commenced a yearlong global refresher program of our Six Safety Habits framework for all employees in our R&D spaces and supply chain facilities—and those working on construction projects—to reacquaint them with the workplace habits that ensure safety continues to be an essential part of our culture.

Our Six Safety Habits


We learn from both our successes and our failures.


Everyone is personally responsible for their safety and the safety of others.


We demonstrate caring and inspire a strong value of safety from the heart.


Everyone feels safe to make suggestions and/or share complaints with those who need to know.


Everyone anticipates and actively engages in controlling safety hazards.


We seek diverse perspectives and share safety knowledge within and beyond our four walls.

We constantly reinforce our uncompromising approach to safety through communications to all employees around the world.

Safety communications to all employees (photo)

Advancing road safety

Road safety is a key element of our safe working programs, and we continuously seek to improve the safety of our vehicles and, even more importantly, the awareness, vigilance and safe practices of our drivers. In 2022, we took several actions to further improve our driver and fleet safety globally:

  • expanded predictive analytics for the majority of our global fleet drivers;
  • digitized both global road safety data with online at-a-glance dashboards for effective safety controls and management and also our road safety assurance and audit process;
  • standardized our global road safety training on our internal online training platform, accessible to all fleet drivers; and
  • distributed a highly reflective inflatable airbag vest to all riders of two-wheeled power vehicles in India to reduce risk of potential injury.
Little Girl wearing J&J supported helmet (photo)

Since 2012, Johnson & Johnson has donated more than 75,000 lifesaving helmets to children in Vietnam.

Beyond safety, we aspire to have the healthiest workforce, inspiring us to continually examine and expand our total health benefits, programs and offerings to support the total well-being of all employees and embed a culture of health throughout Johnson & Johnson. Our healthiest workforce ambition is tracked in our Health for Humanity 2025 Goals annual Healthiest Workforce Score.

Health for Humanity 2025 Goals
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Progress in Healthiest Workforce Score

  • 66% of Johnson & Johnson leaders and their managers achieved an ≥80% Healthiest Workforce Score.

On track

The comprehensive well-being portfolio available to Johnson & Johnson employees and their families is reflected in the positive employee perception of organizational support for their total health. In 2022, most global employees believed senior leaders support their health and well-being, as exemplified by the Our Credo Survey results.

In 2022, we again improved our health benefits and programs to support employee health and well-being and rolled out several new initiatives to enhance our robust portfolio of well-being offerings, including:

  • Implemented expanded paid parental leave benefits for employees around the world, with 12 weeks of paid leave covering maternal, paternal, adoptive, surrogacy-assisted and foster parents.
  • Enhanced the Employee Assistance Programs and CARE (Confidential. Accessible. Responsible. Engaged.) services in select countries, with the intent to introduce additional countries in 2023. The enhanced services connect employees to professional assistance on a broad range of topics. From mental health support to professional life coaching and work-life services (i.e., elder/adult care, travel, childcare, education, pet care, household services and parenting), employees can now easily navigate to the support they need.
  • Introduced new virtual mental health resources in the U.S. to support employees and their families, including behavioral support for children, teens and families. Along with other leading companies across industries, we joined Thrive and the Society for Human Resources Management in pledging our continued commitment to prioritizing employee well-being and mental health.
  • Expanded travel benefits for U.S. employees and their families, providing reimbursement for travel to receive medical services (inclusive of, but not limited to, reproductive healthcare) not available from any other in- or out-of-network provider within 100 miles of the patient’s home.

Global Activity Challenge

In 2022, we held our seventh 30-day Global Activity Challenge, encouraging our employees to join teams to boost their health by getting moving. Employees were able to select walking, running, dancing, cycling, gardening, practicing yoga or other preferred physical activity, competing against other global teams. The 2022 Challenge engaged more than 33,000 participants in 73 countries, recording more than 7.5 billion steps throughout the Challenge. At the end of the Challenge, Johnson & Johnson donated $50,000 each to Operation Smile and UNICEF.

Energy management

Our enterprise-wide ENERGY FOR PERFORMANCE program helps employees manage their energy capacity so that they can be their best at work and in life. We have consistently expanded the use of this program and introduced virtual courses to continue to deliver this important training during the pandemic. In 2022, 8,872 employees completed ENERGY FOR PERFORMANCE courses.