Creating the Best Culture
Health and Safety Compliance
It is our policy to conduct our operations in a manner that promotes and protects the health and safety of our employees, contractors, visitors and surrounding community. We invest continually in people, equipment and training to ensure employees are empowered to work in healthy and safe environments.
One way we demonstrate our commitment to health and safety is participating in National Safety Month each year in conjunction with the National Safety Council. The 2016 company theme was “Safety is No Accident.” Highlights included workplace training materials and a video for all employees with a message from our CEO who reasserts our commitment to safety. Another key area in June was the focus on safety away from work and at home.
We also encourage good communication and a strong relationship between workers and management, which helps empower employees to maintain safety. A good example of this is our Environmental, Health and Safety councils at each facility. These councils encourage collaboration between workers and management, and provide a safe and open environment for discussing safety issues and ensuring the quick and satisfactory resolution of any potential problems.
Injury And Illness Prevention
We make significant investments in tools, training and assessments of work practices to prevent injuries. Through our relationships with industry leaders in loss control, we work to develop programs that will identify and reduce accidents to our employees.
VIRTUAL OFFICE ERGONOMIC ASSESSMENTS REDUCE CLAIMS AND INCURRED COSTS
The Virtual Ergonomics Intake and Resolution System provides a central communications entry point, combining technology-driven efficiency with live support from experienced consultants. The process provides our employees quick and consistent access to help.
KAIZEN EVENTS FOR INJURY REDUCTION
At our F/A-18 aircraft production program in El Segundo, California, we addressed injury risk by conducting four Kaizen Events to uncover, assess and eliminate ergonomic risk factors. We implemented 191 improvements resulting in significant efficiency gains. For example, we removed 137,820 walking steps from processes that eliminated more than 38 hours of walking annually.
2016 Health and Safety Goals Performance Summary
We evaluate the effectiveness of our health and safety programs externally, through benchmarking with industry peers and Department of Labor Statistics, as well as internally through the analysis of past performance. Safety is one of Northrop Grumman’s six corporate non-financial performance metrics. For each safety metric, a lower statistic is indicative of better performance.
Total Case Rate
Total number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration-recordable occupational injuries and illnesses; i.e., cases requiring medical treatment beyond first aid, per 100 full-time workers.
Lost Work Day Rate
Total number of lost work days per 100 full-time workers.
Days Away Case Rate
The total number of cases, per 100 full-time workers, that resulted in lost or restricted days or job transfer because of work-related illnesses or injures. Used in conjunction with the other metrics, Days Away Case Rate helps identify the severity of workplace injuries and illnesses.