Raytheon is committed to the safety and wellness of our people. In furtherance of our goal of protecting our people and improving the quality of life enjoyed by all members of the Raytheon community, we continue to implement innovative programs and initiatives and proactively engage our employees, regulators and communities.
Occupational Safety and health Administration (OSHA)
Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)
Under the OSHA VPP, OSHA evaluates premier worksites demonstrating exemplary safety programs against rigorous safety criteria and recognizes worksites that pass this evaluation with VPP “Star” certification. Through 2012, we have 25 VPP “Star” certified sites, at which over 50% of our employees work. An additional 12 sites have submitted applications and are awaiting an on-site assessment by OSHA.
We have a formalized internal pre-assessment process to evaluate and ensure a site’s readiness for OSHA VPP certification. This process improves our safety program through active employee engagement and management participation. We currently have 47 OSHA Special Government Employees (SGE) at the company who conduct internal gap analyses and assist OSHA with external VPP assessments. We work closely with regulators to expedite the certification process at our locations.
In addition, Raytheon is mentoring customers through the VPP certification process at several locations. For example, in 2012 we successfully assisted the White Sands Missile Range in achieving VPP Star certification.
While we are proud of our exceptional safety record and the progress we’ve made over the years, providing an injury-free workplace remains our ultimate goal. We measure our progress using three OSHA performance criteria: recordable injury rate; lost workday injury rate; and Days Away/Restricted or Transferred Rate (DART). In 2012, our recordable injury rate decreased 9% from 0.58 to 0.53, our lost workday injury rate remained unchanged at 0.16, and our DART rate decreased 7% from 0.27 to 0.25 compared to 2011.
A significant part of our success in reducing injury rates is attributable to our efforts to address the leading causes of injury within the company – ergonomics and slips, trips and falls. We achieved an 18% decrease in OSHA recordable ergonomic injuries/illnesses in 2012 as compared to 2011, and a 29% decrease from just five years ago. We use a progressive and proactive risk assessment process, and focus on early detection, the integration of ergonomics into Lean Manufacturing activities, and engineering design.
In recognition of our exceptionally low injury rate and strong safety program, Raytheon won the 2012 Safety Excellence Award from the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) in the Guidance and Communications category.