Health And Safety Compliance
Safety is one of six nonfinancial performance metrics at Northrop Grumman, stressing its importance throughout the organization.
At Northrop Grumman, our policy protects the safety and health of employees, contractors and visitors in every aspect of our organization, which is paramount to our mission and performance. We demonstrate this commitment by placing continued emphasis on investing in and enhancing the programs we use to reduce the number and severity of injuries and illnesses. We have invested in external certifications to demonstrate our commitment to safety and health. Currently, we have three sites certified to OHSAS 18001 and four sites participating in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. We take accident prevention seriously, so providing communications and training around the topic is a priority. In 2017, we once again partnered with the National Safety Council and American Society of Safety Professionals to recognize June as National Safety Month. During this year, we promoted a messaging and training campaign focused on:
- Avoiding injuries at work and at home
- Empowering employees to make changes to their work environments to prevent injuries
- Celebrating our success in creating a dynamic safety culture at Northrop Grumman.
We encourage employees to participate in environmental, health and safety committees to give them a voice in ensuring we maintain a strong safety culture and are proactive in the prevention of injuries. Our culture of safety continues to facilitate a strong bond of communication and engagement for management and employees alike at Northrop Grumman.
2017 HEALTH AND SAFETY
METRICS PERFORMANCE SUMMARY
We evaluate the effectiveness of our health and safety programs externally, through benchmarking with industry peers and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Internally, we determine program effectiveness by conducting trend analyses of our past performance. Northrop Grumman has not reported a work-related fatality since 2014. For each safety metric shown below, a lower statistic is indicative of better performance.
In 2017, safety rates increased slightly. We attribute this to an overall increase in hours worked in 2017 and an increase in manufacturing activities over previous years. We continue to invest in accident prevention strategies to reduce the frequency and severity of injuries.
Safety metrics depicted in the graph above include domestic Northrop Grumman employees as well as contract labor working at Northrop Grumman facilities.
ERGONOMICS IN 2017
In 2017, we conducted multiple Kaizen events for process improvement, where workers and supervisors teamed to identify efficiencies and tools that may reduce or eliminate the potential for an injury in the manufacturing process. Additionally, during National Ergonomics Awareness Month in October, employees had the opportunity to work either in person or virtually with an ergonomist to make modifications to their workstations that would increase comfort and reduce fatigue and the likelihood for a repetitive motion injury.
We worked to ensure that ergonomic considerations become integrated with planning as we grow and expand. Our Factory of the Future project looked at the design of workstations and job tasks in the manufacturing and laboratory space, to “design out” many of the movements with a high potential to lead to musculoskeletal injuries. We also undertook a project to identify how to reduce, through design, the ergonomic stressors in our hoteling spaces for transitional/ virtual employees. We are working to make these recommendations part of the design standards for new temporary work spaces going forward.