Safety is the highest law
Safety at work is part of the culture of Johnson & Johnson companies and is embedded in the Credo. From the first day, it is among the duties of every employee and it is a responsibility borne by all – a long-term and strongly target-orientated process that should serve all our staff and their families – or, in the words of the Johnson & Johnson Safety Vision Statement:
«We are committed to making Johnson & Johnson the world leader in health and safety by achieving healthy lifestyles and injury-free workplaces.»
OHSAS 18001 Certification
OHSAS stands for Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series and is the certification of Cilag AG’s health and work safety management system. The internationally recognised certificate proves that the health and safety management system is suitable. Cilag AG has been certified since 2003 and is audited annually by independent experts. This distinction brings the company international recognition and is an endorsement of its work safety policy.
Organisation and Guidelines
All staff are allocated to a safety, health and environment training scheme according to the risk profile relevant to their role. Staff know the dangers and risks in their work environment and take responsibility for abiding by and implementing the relevant regulations taught to them.
Electronic Work Permit
All tasks with a potential risk, and roles in dangerous areas within Cilag AG are undertaken with a pre-prepared electronic work permit. The work permit identifies possible dangers as well as the safety measures that must be taken whilst carrying out these tasks. All those involved are informed of the contents in this document and, by their agreement, undertake to abide by the obligatory procedures. The aim is to ensure safety at work at all times and thereby avoid accidents.
Chemical Hazard Information
Because chemicals are frequently in use at Cilag AG, relevant safety and environmental criteria must be documented. This enables every member of staff to recognise and understand chemical hazards.
Thanks to the integration of the ultra-modern SAP EH&S database into the production cycle, the right solution is always available. Because hazard information goes through the production process with the substances, it is always on hand – on labels, transportation documents or risk assessments.
Protecting people in contact with highly active substances
Cilag AG ensures that staff working with highly active substances do not come into physical contact with them, using a variety of protective equipment. An example of this is isolators, which completely separate people from products and thus guarantee optimum protection.
Company Fire Service and Accident Team
As part of the Risk Management Programme, Cilag AG is always prepared for any incident. The fire service and medical service are at our disposal with over 50 highly trained staff. Their capability is checked in regular exercises.
Lockout / tagout – a safety system for contact with electricity, etc.
In order to avoid electrical accidents during maintenance of facilities and machinery, Cilag staff have devised a system which prevents the inadvertent reactivation of deliberately disconnected fuses.
Safe fork-lift driving
Internal transport in relatively confined spaces that are also used by pedestrians has a danger potential. Because our forklifts are fitted with the “no-col” (no collision) system, we can set up safe zones at critical places. The system guarantees that the vehicles are automatically slowed to a given speed at dangerous places.
Risk analysis is a key part of assessing potential dangers in the workplace. The working hygiene department thus has the opportunity to assess the probability and seriousness of contact with chemicals or physical effects, such as noise or ionising emissions. Describing the individual processes, the properties of the chemicals used and the technical resources, as well as current production plans, form the basis of a risk analysis. The need for and priority of contaminant measurements at workplaces in the production cycle are calculated using the resultant risk index.
Should exposure levels be above the limit, corrective measures have to be taken. These may be of a technical or organisational kind, and it is possible that personal protective equipment may have to be adapted.
The implementation of measures is the end of the process. The aim is continuous improvement of technical equipment which allows very secure working procedures. In this way, staff protection is guaranteed with protective equipment that is as light and comfortable as possible.