JSC Annual Report FY97





Director's
Statement



Highlights


Mission


Profile


Management
Initiatives


Operations


Research and
Development



Aerospace and the
Business Communities



JSC and the
Community



CFO's
Statement



Financial
Information



Notes
  Management
Initiatives

Safety and Total Health Day

The Johnson Space Center Safety and Total Health Day was held in October. The annual event is designed to enhance employee well being. The emphasis is on accident prevention and health. Booths focusing on numerous health and safety topics were set up around the pond area at the heart of the Center. Employees have a hand in planning the event, and thus were offered information and materials of interest to them. The day was part of a continuing emphasis on safety, an emphasis that is showing results. During the past two years, the Center's injury rate has decreased 45 percent.


JSC Total Health Day

ISO 9001


The JSC quality policy involves a disciplined
approach to the design, development, production,
testing and flight readiness of all work elements.
The Johnson Space Center Quality System, based on the ISO 9001 standards and leading to ISO 9001 registration, went into operation during FY 1997. NASA was the first federal agency to require registration to ISO 9001, and as the year ended, the Johnson Space Center was working to be the first NASA field center to be registered.

The Quality System, an improvement over the previous standard set down in the NASA Hand Book 5300 standard, offers the Center several benefits. They include

  • Prevention of nonconformances
  • Early definition and standardization of requirements
  • Establishment of uniformity in work procedures
  • Improvement of risk assessment
  • Establishment of accountability
  • Involvement of customers
  • Establishment of discipline measured by compliance with procedures and documentation

ISO 9001 also embodies a Corrective Action System that focuses on problem prevention and determining the cause of problems that do occur.