We owe our people a safe environment where they can work comfortably and avoid risks that can lead to injuries. The investments we’ve made to our safety programs have made us more competitive, more productive and even more focused on health and safety.
Raytheon has a strong commitment to protect our people. Our 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 efforts to enhance our safety programs have made today’s safety record the best in Raytheon’s history, with injury rates among the lowest in our industry.
In 2017, Raytheon achieved a recordable injury rate of 0.52 injuries per hundred employees, which is the lowest in our history. This rate has decreased by 29 percent since 2010. Our Days Away, Restricted, and Transferred injury rate in 2017 was 0.23, tied for the lowest year in our history. It has declined by 34 percent since 2010.
Recognized for Safety Excellence
We continue to engage in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program. Raytheon leads the aerospace and defense industry in the number of OSHA-certified VPP “Star” sites.
VPP “Star” certification recognizes exemplary success in preventing and controlling occupational safety and health hazards, and in continuously improving the site’s health and safety management system. Raytheon has 36 sites that have OSHA VPP “Star” certification. Raytheon is among rare company: only 2,205 facilities of any kind in the country have earned the status.
Approximately 78 percent of domestic employees work at Raytheon locations that have received this prestigious safety status. In 2017, seven of our facilities successfully recertified their VPP “Star” certification: IDS San Diego, California; IIS Indianapolis, Indiana; RMS Diné Farmington, New Mexico; RMS Lemmon Ave, Dallas, Texas; RMS Louisville, Kentucky; SAS El Segundo, California; and SAS Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen, Maryland.
A majority of Raytheon’s workplace injuries result from ergonomic hazards, which include injuries from lifting, lowering, pushing or pulling objects, or from repetitive motion in both the manufacturing and office environments.
Our enterprise ergonomics team has identified sites with potential elevated ergonomics risks and is now focused on assessing baseline ergonomic risks and developing innovative solutions to reduce risks.
The ergonomics team is also developing enhanced ergonomic training for employees, including ergonomics evaluator training courses and an ergonomics vignette to help communicate ways to reduce ergonomic risk.
We’ve also partnered with our insurance company to develop an enhanced slips, trips, and fall assessment that will be conducted at our major sites. This enhanced assessment uses a focused employee perception survey to prioritize areas of a site that are likely to cause a slip, trip or fall so the team can further investigate and assess them. Going forward, a comprehensive self-assessment process will ensure that the site conducts proactive reviews on a continuous basis to prevent conditions that could lead to a slip, trip or fall incident.
Finally, we issued a slip, trip and fall vignette to help increase employee awareness about this topic by calling attention to specific conditions and actions such as walking and using a cellphone.
Our risk heat map process is helping us identify additional hazards and risks at many of our sites by ranking risks based on specific criteria. We continue to expand this process to more sites. We then design and implement risk mitigation measures centered especially on high hazards/risks that may potentially cause serious injury or fatality.
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT
This year’s report provides a detailed overview of Raytheon’s corporate responsibility initiatives, highlighting our efforts to enrich the lives of people, strengthen our performance and reduce our environmental footprint.
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