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Our People

Providing Safe Workplaces

Workplace safety is a core value at Johnson & Johnson. We believe that with the right awareness, focus, practices and tools, we can ensure that all our employees around the world, as well as temporary contractors and visitors to our sites, can work safely at all times. Our approach extends beyond staying safe at work—we offer and encourage use of safety tips beyond the workplace, striving to inspire a safe mindset all day, every day, contributing to safer families and a safer society.

Our Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Policy and Worldwide Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability Standards (EHS&S Standards), set the requirements for our health, safety and environmental practices at our facilities, off-site work locations around the world and all our employees, contractors and visitors. The Johnson & Johnson Executive Committee and the Board of Directors’ Regulatory Compliance Committee review health and safety performance annually.

As a minimum, we comply with all applicable safety laws and regulations wherever we operate. However, our EHS&S Standards go beyond the minimum to establish a culture of safety in which every individual takes personal responsibility and accountability for their own safety and that of those around them.

There is nothing more fundamental about our responsibility to our employees than our promise to provide them a safe place to work. This cannot be done only with engineering controls and by enforcing rules and regulations. This requires a partnership between our company and our employees – to work together to ensure that safety is top-of-mind for every employee in everything they do. It’s this people-centric safety culture we reinforce each day that enables us to have such excellent workplace safety outcomes. In 2018, we amplified our culture of safety by designating one month as safety month with enterprise-wide communications and activities aimed at engaging employees in a safety all day, every day mindset, whether at work, at home or on the road.
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Paulette Frank, Vice President, EHS and Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson

We encourage third-party certification to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series management system (OHSAS 18000). In 2018, 32% of our manufacturing and R&D sites were certified to OHSAS*.

* OHSAS certification for companies acquired after reporting year 2015 are excluded. 

Our Safety Culture Roadmap

Johnson & Johnson understands the importance of shaping a strong safety culture that empowers individuals and teams to extend their efforts beyond compliance to holistic safety risk management. Cultural cornerstones include leader involvement, focusing on risks that can result in serious injury, and empowering employees to report safety concerns. Leaders, influencers and technical specialists are given the opportunity to enhance safety processes through the Integrated Ownership of Safety Systems (IOSS) program. Awareness of risks that have significant consequences for injury are reinforced through Life Saving Rules (LSRs), a set of rules that identify what Johnson & Johnson has determined to be the most critical safety hazards that, if not controlled, can lead to severe events, including fatalities. The LSRs are included within the EHS&S Standards. The Standard requires that employees and contractors are informed about and adhere to the Johnson & Johnson LSRs.

Finally, employees at all levels shape the working environment by proactively identifying and reporting behaviors or conditions that can lead to injury.

Leveraging leading indicators of safety—such as Good Saves, where our entire population is encouraged to recognize, report, and resolve hazards—is a key enabler of our strong safety results. Our Good Saves program called "See Something, Say Something, Do Something" creates awareness and focus on these hazards, and helps drive risk reduction by proactively risk-assessing and addressing hazardous situations. In addition to recognizing overall hazards, we have a process for recognizing and separating out high-hazard situations that could result in Severe Injury or Fatality (SIF).

Engaging Employees in Safety

We provide a suite of training programs for EHS&S professionals and all employees across Johnson & Johnson at the enterprise, regional, campus and site levels, as well as field sales and service groups. We also manage and track the safety of contractors at our sites: large capital construction projects follow a formal construction safety plan.

In 2018, we held our first-ever enterprise-wide Safety Month to provide a focused period of awareness, education and collaboration for improved safety practice, engaging employees from across the Company in our offices, in the field, in our labs and on the production floor. As part of Safety Month 2018, employees from around the world pledged to have a “safety all day every day” mindset at work, at home and on the go.

Safety All Day website

Our website offers tools and resources for employees and their families, focusing on safety practices at work, at home and on the road. Check it out at: safetyallday.com 

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Advancing our safety culture in Brazil

From 2012 to 2016, after four amputations involving fingers and a contractor fatality, our São José dos Campos (SJC) Campus decided to take a different journey to eradicate severe injuries. These incidents awakened the need for a transformation in each one of SJC employees. We initiated the SJC Safety Culture Evolution Project. Out of an initial assessment performed by external partners, gaps were identified, and action plans put in place. All focused in the process to bring Safety Culture to a benchmarking level.

After two years and the completion of the first wave of this five-year journey, our employees from SJC Campus in Brazil are fully engaged in Safety Culture. A major turnaround has been achieved, validated through a new assessment performed by an external partner in the third quarter of 2018. Activities from the shop floor to the senior management level in the region were key to this turnaround, and proved how leadership engagement is critical to success. Leaders now understand that demonstration of their commitment and personal values is imperative to a Safety Culture evolution. Results include no severe events or Lost Workday Cases (LWDC) at the SJC Campus.

Road Safety

Driving holds some of the highest risk factors people do every day. Our road safety vision is for drivers around the world to return home safely at the end of each day. We emphasize the importance of fostering safe driving behaviors while driving for work as well as during leisure time, and we provide both tools and education to our drivers through our SAFE FLEET initiative. A key area of focus is prevention of road safety crashes through the advanced use of available technology. Telematics programs are available to drivers in Israel, Japan, Mexico, Portugal and the United States. We also operate a Virtual Risk Manager fleet safety management system to capture data and analyze driver risk levels in the United States and Canada, and also in several European countries such as France, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Our commitment to road safety extends to advancing road safety not only with our internal driver population, but also within the communities in which we operate. In 2018, our partnership with AIP Foundation on the Helmets for Kids program celebrated seven years of providing life-saving road safety knowledge and skills to vulnerable road users in low- and middle-income countries such as Vietnam.

AIP Foundation has been trying our best to bring high-quality helmets and useful road safety knowledge for Vietnamese children. Danger can appear anywhere, anytime, and child fatality rates from road accidents keep increasing. With the long-term commitment from Johnson & Johnson, we hope to expand this meaningful project and create a safer road to school for children.
Hoang Thi Na Huong, Deputy CEO of AIP Foundation

Our Performance

In 2018, there were two fleet motor vehicle fatalities, which occurred in July and August respectively within our Janssen Americas sales force. While no systemic deviations from our SAFE FLEET program were identified, we continue to elevate the importance of road safety across our entire employee population. With over 30,000 company-owned, leased and car allowance vehicles driven by Johnson & Johnson employees under our SAFE FLEET program, driving safety is taken very seriously. In addition to reinforcing the measures put in place to reduce risks of driving through our SAFE FLEET initiative, we extended safe driving tips to our employees through our Safety All Day, Every Day website.

Global Safety Performance

  2018  2017  2016 
Lost Workday Case rate* 0.08 0.08 0.08
Total Recordable Injury rate 0.41 0.36 0.44
Serious Injury and Illness Case rate 0.05 0.05 0.05
Number of fatalities 2 0 1
Crashes Per Million Miles (CPMM) rate** 5.81 5.94 6.03
Injuries Per Million Miles (IPMM) rate** 0.07 0.07 0.08

Safety Performance by Region

  2018  2017  2016 
Lost Workday Case rate*
Asia Pacific 0.05 0.04 0.06
Europe, Middle East & Africa 0.05 0.04 0.05
Latin America 0.11 0.03 0.04
North America 0.10 0.14 0.13
Total Recordable Injury rate
Asia Pacific 0.17 0.12 0.17
Europe, Middle East & Africa 0.29 0.26 0.39
Latin America 0.43 0.31 0.44
North America 0.57 0.56 0.59
Serious Injury and Illness Case rate
Asia Pacific 0.01 0.03 0.03
Europe, Middle East & Africa 0.02 0.02 0.02
Latin America 0.01 0.03 0.03
North America 0.09 0.10 0.08
* “Lost days” are calendar days counted beginning the day after an incident has taken place.
** CPMM and IPMM rates are based on SAFE FLEET data. Rate calculation methodology uses both actual and estimated data on miles driven. We collect SAFE FLEET data on employees who drive company-owned or -leased, and personally owned vehicles for Company business. Employees in the latter category are those who: 1) drive for Company business as a “regular part”of their job, and 2) receive a car allowance to purchase their own vehicle, and/or are reimbursed for vehicle expenses such as fuel, maintenance, insurance and other miscellaneous charges associated with vehicle upkeep.

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