Raytheon's workplace safety programs have helped reduce our recordable injury rate by 27 percent since 2010. Our 2016 recordable injury rate of 0.53 injuries per 100 employees is the best in company history and one of the lowest in the industry. Our days away, restricted and transferred (DART) injury rate has declined by 29 percent since 2010 despite a slight increase from 0.23 injuries per 100 employees in 2015 to 0.25 in 2016.
In 2016, we took a number of actions across all our businesses to maintain world-class safety performance. We established several safety initiatives focused on reducing risks across all our operations, particularly activities that could result in serious injuries. We are now using a variety of tools — including risk heat maps, enhanced slip, trip and fall assessments and online job hazard analyses — to address our leading causes of injury.
We're also evaluating repetitive office and production tasks to reduce ergonomic injury risks.
Raytheon is an active participant in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program, and leads the aerospace and defense industry in the number of OSHA-certified VPP "Star" sites. VPP "Star" certification recognizes exemplary achievement in the prevention and control of occupational safety and health hazards, and the continuous improvement of the site's health and safety management system.
In 2016, our sites in Riverdale, Maryland; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Plano, Texas; Dallas, Texas; and McKinney, Texas, joined the list of "Star" sites.
"By the end of 2016, Raytheon had 38 sites with "Star" certification, and 77 percent of the company's domestic employees worked at those sites. "
In 2016, federal, state and local regulatory agencies conducted 147 environmental, health and safety inspections of Raytheon operating locations. A total of seven notices of violation were issued, five for environmental and two for safety; none resulted in fines. We perform a thorough root-cause analysis for each notice of violation and share lessons learned across the company to prevent recurrence. We are proud of our exceptional compliance record.
An Ounce of Prevention
Some of Raytheon's operations and services require employees to work high above the ground, and falls can lead to serious injuries. Raytheon requires these workers to complete fall protection training to understand the hazards.
To improve safety, we constructed and dedicated the John P. McCroskey Fall Protection Center at our Tucson International Airport site. McCroskey, our longtime lead fall protection instructor, and Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability professional, created a three-day, hands-on fall protection training class that we have offered to hundreds of Raytheon employees — and to OSHA regulators.
Raytheon also wants employees to be safe when they're off the job. In 2016, we launched a new awareness effort entitled "On the Move/Off the Phone" at many Raytheon locations to encourage employees to avoid using cell phones while driving or walking. The effort included a video to educate employees about the dangers of distracted driving.