Our Commitment to Our People

WORKPLACE SAFETY

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

TEXTRON’S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY FRAMEWORK

Textron’s EHS Vision and Operating Principles arise from our company values of integrity, respect, trust and the pursuit of excellence in all relationships with customers, employees, business partners, suppliers, shareholders, the community and the environment.
 

Our EHS Vision:
 
We are committed to the health and safety of our employees, contractors, and communities. We will actively champion environmentally sound practices and safe behaviors. We will continuously improve our processes, require individual accountability and demonstrate leadership to strive for zero injuries and illnesses, maximize elimination of adverse environmental impacts, and contribute positively to the communities in which we operate.
 

Our EHS Principles:

  • No job or activity is worth risking injury
  • Working safely and in an environmentally responsible manner is a condition of employment
  • Each of us is responsible for the safe behavior of ourselves and others
  • Environmental, Health and Safety is led by senior management, implemented by line management, with each level accountable to the one above and responsible for the one below
  • We will design and integrate Environmental, Health and Safety into our products, our facilities, and into our management process
  • All employees will be provided the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to work safely
  • Strong environmental, health and safety performance is good business

 

RECOGNIZING EMPLOYEE-LED IMPROVEMENTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH AND SAFETY

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.

 

The Results

  • 15,000 manual drilling operations eliminated per wing
  • 87% reduction in opportunities for injury
  • 80% reduction in cycle time

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.

 

 

The Results

  • 58% increase in Near Miss reporting
  • Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) of 0.67 at Bell Ft. Worth
  • Increase in safety advocate volunteers

 

EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

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:

  • Healthy, empowered employees are safer and more productive.
  • A healthy work environment promotes healthy lifestyles.

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:

  • Developing healthy worksites conducive to well-being.
  • Enhancing the employee well-being experience through reduced rates on fitness club memberships or onsite fitness facilities and health and wellness offerings, such as influenza immunizations.
  • Promoting programs focused on physical, mental, financial and social well-being that meet the needs of our workforce.

BELL ACHIEVES “BLUE ZONE” STATUS WITH THE CITY OF FORT WORTH

The Blue Zones Project® is a community-based well-being improvement initiative that encourages improvements to communities with a goal of enabling people to live longer, healthier lives. Participants such as worksites, schools and local businesses can make changes that benefit the community with lowered healthcare costs, improved productivity, and ultimately, a higher quality of life.

In 2017 Bell celebrated being named as a Blue Zones Project Approved™ Worksite in Fort Worth, Texas. As a large Fort Worth employer, Bell agreed to participate in the initiative and, to date, nearly 1,000 employees have taken the Blue Zones personal pledge to live a longer, better life and to make their community a better place to live.

In addition to scheduling daily stretch breaks, employees have easy access to campus maps with paths to track their steps, individual quiet rooms for meditation or lactation and healthy options on the café menu at the Lawrence D. Bell Employee Center. The café earned its own designation as a Blue Zones Project Approved™ restaurant.

"When you're healthy, the city is healthy and there's goodness for everyone involved...lower healthcare costs, higher productivity and happier citizens. What you've done here at Bell - by becoming a Blue Zones Approved Worksite - helps set the tone for other large community partners to follow." -Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price