Workplace Safety


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.

Protecting People

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.

Safety Initiatives

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.


Safety Video

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.

10 Years of OSHA VPP

The signs of a culture of safety are everywhere at Raytheon — and that’s no accident. It’s been a long journey. A turning point came 10 years ago when the first Raytheon location — Aurora, Colorado — obtained the OSHA VPP “Star” Certification.

“VPP offers the framework for safety management system performance excellence across the enterprise in a unified and effective approach,” notes Jose Rodriguez, the EHSS lead for Raytheon IIS and member of the National VPP Participant's Association's board of directors. “VPP is a catalyst for empowering employees and management to strengthen their safety processes.”

Since that time, the VPP program has spread to 36 of our sites. Some of these VPP sites are among the largest and most complex sites in their region, like El Segundo, California; Andover, Massachusetts; and Tucson, Arizona.

Other firsts include Raytheon’s Mission Control and Verification Center at White Sands, New Mexico, the first VPP site at the missile range, and Raytheon’s Diné facility, the first VPP site on the Navajo Indian reservation.

Raytheon Precision Manufacturing’s Lemmon Avenue facility in Dallas, Texas, is a prime example of the difference VPP can make. The site was struggling with employee injuries in 2007, so leadership took the initiative to fix the problem by making a multiyear commitment to becoming a VPP "Star" site. In 2010, the site earned VPP "Star" status, and injuries had dropped significantly.

Fast forward to 2017, and the site’s VPP recertification audit resulted in zero findings. “We are very proud of the fact that OSHA left our site with no outstanding actions, which is very rare,” said Kelly Hyatt, the EHSS manager for Lemmon Avenue. Hyatt herself was recently singled out for special recognition by her OSHA area director.

Tucson Rita Road facility celebrates 10 years in the OSHA VPP Program

Safety Goes International

As Raytheon grows globally, so do the needs of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability support at all our locations — including radar sites, field-deployed locations or brick and mortar facilities. International locations can have unique health and safety risks and issues. Local regulations often differ from U.S. OSHA regulations. And there can be strong cultural aspects that influence employees’ views and behaviors relating to safety.

“We want all Raytheon employees to work in a safe environment regardless of where they are located,” says Mike Donohue, who was recently promoted to a newly created position of International EHSS Manager in the Corporate EHSS Office.

Donohue is forming an enterprise International EHSS team to develop systems, tools and templates that can be easily deployed at international locations, especially at sites that don’t have an EHSS professional. This will help our international program managers and ultimately our customers.

Donohue has the right background to lead this effort. He worked at the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands for eight years and spent five years working for Raytheon's IDS' EHSS group supporting international sites. “We strive to continually enhance our programs and systems internationally to ensure the safety of our employees worldwide.“

EHSS is also participating on a Raytheon Six Sigma™ team formed in 2017 to improve timely and effective support for international operations. The team is led by Global Business Services Facilities Management and is composed of stakeholders who are involved in supporting international operations, such as Facilities, EHSS, Real Estate, Supply Chain, Operations, IT, HR and Engineering.

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