Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Johnson & Johnson: 60 Years of Safety Vision

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Johnson & Johnson: 60 Years of Safety Vision

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Called "Our Credo," it is a statement of guiding principles used by Brunswick, N.J.'s Johnson & Johnson to fulfill irs responsibilities to customers, employees, communities and stockholders.

The second paragraph of the credo is very specific with respect to employees: "We are responsible to our employees, the men and women who work with us throughout the world. Everyone must be considered as an individual. We must respect their dignity and recognize their merit. They must have a sense of security in their jobs ... and working conditions [that are] clean, orderly and sale."

The safety tenets embodied in the credo have been translated into a safety vision for the corporation that commits Johnson & Johnson to being the world leader in health and safety by creating an injury-free workplace.

"Safety and health are our highest values," says Joseph Van Houten, Ph.D., CSP, worldwide director of Planning, Process Design and Delivery, Johnson & Johnson Safety & Industrial Hygiene. "The ambitious objectives of profits, sales and production do not in any way diminish the importance the company places on safety as a measure of excellence. …

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