Just as Raytheon’s leading-edge technologies help make the world a safer place, we also work tirelessly to make our own workplaces and employees safe. The investments we’ve made in our safety programs make us more competitive, more productive and even more focused on health and safety.
AMERICA’S SAFEST COMPANIES
In 2018, EHS Today magazine named Raytheon one of America’s Safest Companies. Only 13 companies achieved this recognition. EHS Today acknowledged Raytheon’s very low injury rates, strong support from leadership, active employee engagement, comprehensive employee training programs and numerous innovative solutions to safety challenges.
“Raytheon has a strong commitment to protect its workers, with an ultimate goal of an injury-free workplace,” said Dave Blanchard, EHS Today editor-in-chief.
Raytheon’s ultimate goal is nothing short of an injury-free workplace, and we continually implement programs and innovations that promote the safety and wellness of our employees. Over the last decade, our enhanced safety programs have made today’s safety record the best in Raytheon’s history, with injury rates among the lowest in the aerospace and defense industry.
In 2018, Raytheon achieved a recordable injury rate of 0.45 injuries per hundred employees. This rate has decreased by 38 percent since 2010, and by 13 percent from 2017. Our Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) injury rate in 2018 was 0.21, the lowest rate in our history. It has declined by 40 percent since 2010 and 9 percent since 2017.
PROMOTING SAFETY THROUGH OSHA’S VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAM (VPP)
Raytheon has participated actively in the OSHA VPP for more than 10 years. Companies seeking this certification must submit a detailed application and undergo a rigorous on-site evaluation by a team of safety professionals. VPP Star certification recognizes exemplary success in preventing and controlling occupational safety and health hazards while continuously improving the site’s health and safety management system. Raytheon’s 38 OSHA VPP Star-certified sites lead the aerospace and defense industry. Approximately 78 percent of domestic employees work at Raytheon locations that have earned this prestigious safety status.
In 2018, Raytheon Global Headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, and our IIS Chesapeake, Virginia, facility became the latest Raytheon sites to achieve VPP Star recognition. The GHQ site celebrated with a ceremony involving representatives from OSHA, the Mayor of Waltham and members of the Waltham Fire and Police departments. The OSHA VPP Star flag now flies proudly with our Raytheon company flag over both facilities.
In addition, five Raytheon facilities successfully recertified their VPP Star status: IDS White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; RMS Palo Verde Tucson, Arizona; IDS Tewksbury, Massachusetts; IDS Fullerton, California; and IIS Dulles, Virginia. Additionally, one of Raytheon’s Australia facilities, Carole Park, was recertified to AS/NZ 4801, Australian and New Zealand Standard for safety management, which shares many similarities with the U.S. OSHA VPP program.
Approximately 40 percent of Raytheon’s workplace injuries result from ergonomic hazards, which include injuries from lifting, lowering, pushing or pulling objects, or from repetitive motion or awkward postures in both the manufacturing and office environments.
Over the last couple of years, our enterprise ergonomics team has been on a journey to identify sites with elevated ergonomics risk, assess high-risk tasks and implement creative control measures to ultimately reduce these risks. The team receives regular input from the employees who perform these tasks, and we often implement the innovative solutions they suggest. For example, in 2013 our Missile Systems business instituted an internal “Ergo Cup” competition, where employee teams compete to showcase recent ergonomic solutions they’ve implemented. Raytheon then submits the best of these solutions to the prestigious national Ergo Cup® Competition held at the Applied Ergonomics Conference each year. One of our teams, composed of hourly-based facilities maintenance mechanics, developed a cable mechanism that eliminated a heavy lift on a dust collector refuse bin. The team was ultimately chosen to represent Raytheon at the 2019 national Ergo Cup event.
We have also partnered with our insurance company to develop an enhanced slip, trip and fall assessment that we are conducting at our major sites. A focused employee perception survey is being used to prioritize areas at each site that are likely to cause a slip, trip or fall, so the team can further investigate and assess them. By the end of 2018, we completed assessments at 43 Raytheon locations. Going forward, a comprehensive self-assessment process will ensure that each site conducts proactive reviews on a continuous basis. Our efforts are paying off, and the number of slip, trip and fall-related injuries is declining steadily.
We are also enhancing the tools we use to identify and assess risks by focusing on underlying potential hazards and risk across our facilities, equipment and operations. Over the last three years, we’ve completed EHSS Risk Registers at 38 of our sites. Risk registers are an effective tool to document potential EHSS risks, graphically chart them by potential impact and likelihood, and communicate the risks to employees at each site. The risk register process allows us to design and implement risk mitigation measures centered especially on high hazards/risks that may cause serious injuries or fatalities.
Corporate Responsibility Report
This year’s report provides an expansive review of our corporate responsibility content, and highlights our efforts to enrich the lives of people, strengthen our performance, and reduce our footprint on the planet.