Health and safety

Our commitment to health and safety supports the company's people-centred culture, which helps attract employees and reduce staff turnover. Providing a safe and healthy working environment for employees is an integral part of our social responsibility.

Since 2010 the Novo Nordisk Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management System has covered research and development and production facilities globally as well as headquarters operations. Implementation of the OH&S management system in our sales organisation will be completed by the end of 2013.

Absence and occupational injuries
Preventive and corrective actions taken in connection with occupational accidents and near misses are reported, processed and documented in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Management System.

One global management system
Traditionally, the company's OH&S practices have been based on local standards and practices related to local legislation. As the business expands, with new employees working and residing outside Denmark, there is a greater need to have one uniform global OH&S management system.

Novo Nordisk health and safety award
To encourage continued focus and motivate additional efforts on occupational health and safety, a Novo Nordisk Occupational Health & Safety Award is given each year.

In 2011, the Purification Plant in Kalundborg, Denmark, won the Novo Nordisk Occupational Health and Safety Award for 2010. The winner project significantly reduces the number of glove types employees have to choose from when handling chemicals. This means that 38 gloves have been reduced to seven, which has eliminated uncertainty over which gloves to use for what and subsequent risk of using the wrong equipment for a job.

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