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, eliminate adverse environmental impacts, and contribute positively to the communities in which we operate.

Our EHS Operating Principles:
  • No job or activity is worth risking injury
  • All injuries and environmental incidents are preventable
  • 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


Each year, the Textron Environmental, Health & Safety Award for Excellence recognizes extraordinary achievements by our employees within the categories of safety, ergonomics, health and well-being and sustainability. Textron’s EHS Council chooses a winning team that has successfully implemented a project within each of those categories. Below are the winning projects from 2019.

Kautex 2-Zone System
  • Safety

At Kautex, logistics safety best practices have been perfected and turned into global standards. At each plant, the 2-Zone System separates pedestrians from vehicle traffic to eliminate accidents. In manufacturing areas, where possible, lift trucks have been replaced with safer vehicles such as tuggers and manually operated pallet jacks. In areas where lift trucks are still required, guarded walkways and barriers protect and separate pedestrians from traffic. In materials areas, such as yards and shipping areas, all unnecessary pedestrian traffic has been eliminated so lift trucks can operate free from unexpected intrusions.

The Results
  • 12% reduction in forklift-pedestrian incidents
  • 50% reduction in logistics incidents involving pedestrians
  • Elimination of thousands of forklift-pedestrian interactions

Textron Aviation Punch Press Load Device
  • Ergonomics

At Textron Aviation’s facility in Chihuahua, Mexico, the loading process for dies previously required manual pushing and pulling by operators which was physically demanding on their backs and arms. A local team developed the new Punch Press Load Device to automate the loading process by using a system of gears and pulleys that performs the die’s push and pull operation. In November 2019, this new device was introduced to tool control team members which eliminated ergonomic risks.

The Results
  • The operation’s Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) score went from a 7 (high risk) to a 3 (low risk) after introduction of the Punch Press Load Device
  • Since its introduction there have been zero ergonomic cases attributed to push and pull of heavy tools in the plant

Bell Health & Wellness Center
  • Health & Well-Being

In 2019, the Bell Health & Wellness Center, an onsite health center and discounted pharmacy for occupational and non-occupational health care, opened within Bell’s largest facility in Hurst, Texas. Available to employees and their covered dependents, the Bell Health & Wellness Center offers confidential services such as primary care, occupational health, acute care, clinical lab services, pharmacy services and more. Employees can choose to use Bell Health & Wellness Center as their primary provider. They can conveniently take care of their health without having to take excessive time off work for routine exams or minor procedures.

The Results
  • Since its opening, there have been 2,000 non-occupational visits and over 700 occupational on-site visits
  • Over 4,500 prescriptions filled by the pharmacy
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Bell Efficient Naphtha Flushing
  • Sustainability

The Bell Repair & Overhaul Center in Hurst, Texas, performs PATCH test flushing operations on military gear boxes to rid the housing of any debris before final assembly and “green” run. Previously, the flushing was done using naphtha, which is a high-vapor pressure, flammable solvent. A project team developed a replacement process—the Brulin Aqueous Solution. With this new process, a recirculation system with a new flush booth and additional process controls to manage solvent use has resulted in a significantly lower vapor pressure product for the final PATCH testing. The new process has lowered cost, decreased waste generation and facilitated air permit compliance.

The Results
  • Employee exposure to hazardous chemicals reduced by 78%
  • Monthly hazardous waste consumption reduced from 3300 to 110 gallons
  • $1.25 million in Green Run and Naphtha Fluid Cost Savings in 2019