Textron is committed to maintaining and enhancing the safety and well-being of our employees. We promote a culture of continuous improvement and individual accountability to strive for our ultimate vision of zero workplace injuries.
At the corporate level, our Global Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Policies and Standards establish a management system framework that includes goal setting, risk reduction, compliance auditing, and performance reporting. Our businesses augment the corporate program with management systems of their own. For instance, Kautex facilities are ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified. The overall program is guided by the Textron EHS Council, whose members include the senior EHS leaders from the Textron corporate office and each Textron business unit. We use an annual goal setting process to drive environmental and injury rate improvements. The injury rate reduction goal is a performance metric that resides at the highest level of the organization. Performance to this goal is reported to Textron’s Audit Committee and is tracked and reported to senior leadership as part of our Plan-Do-Check-Act process.
Textron uses various metrics to evaluate health and safety performance globally. The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping rules are the guidelines all Textron facilities use for reporting injuries. In 2017 we had a Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) of 1.16 and a Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR) of 0.31
Each year, the Textron Environmental, Health & Safety Award for Excellence recognizes extraordinary achievements by our employees within the categories of safety, ergonomics, health and wellness and sustainability. Textron’s EHS Council chooses a winning team who has successfully implemented a project within each of those categories. Below are two of the winning projects from 2017.
Improving ERGONOMICS at Textron Aviation: The Longitude Wing Robotic Drill Cell
The Citation Longitude, a super-midsize jet currently under development by Textron Aviation, features the longest wing to ever be assembled at the Wichita, Kansas plant. The team designed and implemented the Longitude Wing Robotic Drill Cell, an automated solution to reduce ergonomic injuries caused by repetitive, manual drilling on the aluminum wing spars (the main structural components of the wing). This six-axis robot traverses the length of the Longitude wing and uses an auto-feed drill on a mobile platform.
Fostering a SAFETY Culture at Bell: The Bell Safety Advocate Program
Bell created a safety culture where employees at all levels are trained to identify unsafe conditions and behaviors and feel empowered to identify solutions. The Bell team designed and launched the Bell Safety Advocate Program, creating standard work processes, training and tools for their employee safety advocates. These safety advocates are now the lead trainers for critical high-risk activities on the shop floor. The safety advocates use peer-to-peer training to foster trust and accountability.
Textron believes that a healthy workforce is more likely to be engaged, empowered and successful. We strive to develop a culture that empowers employees and their families to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our well-being core operating principles are:
Our businesses offer a wide range of well-being services for employees and their families and regularly solicit feedback to ensure services and resources are meeting their needs. Our initiatives are centered around three major core activities: