At TPI, we aim to continuously improve our zero-harm culture. Our 13 manufacturing facilities have safety management systems in place. We currently have four facilities ISO 45001 certified, and we aim to have the remaining facilities certified as well.
We aim to align safety practices across our global facilities and to have them all meet the higher of U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) health and safety standards and local laws and regulations.
Facilities that have local standards less stringent than the OSHA minimums generally adhere to the more stringent U.S. standards. We ensure the safety of our associates in a variety of ways, starting with safety education.
Safety education is the foundation for our other safety measures. Associates receive regular training on environmental, health and safety (EHS) related topics. This training includes but is not limited to:Safety education is the foundation for our other safety measures.
Associates receive regular training on environmental, health and safety (EHS) related topics. This training includes but is not limited to:
- General awareness EHS training
- Ergonomics training
- Compliance training• hazard-specific training as required for the job or task
- Fire hazard and prevention training
- Hazardous material training
- Equipment-specific safety training
- Safety incident and corrective action training
To ensure that safety behavior is properly executed, multiple measures are implemented at the facility level. These include our near miss/good catch program, weekly safety walks, and daily safety communication. Each facility implements a near miss/good catch program where leadership educates its associates on what a near miss and good catch entails. A near miss is an incident that did not result in injury, illness or damage but had the potential to do so. A good catch is the identification of an unsafe condition or behavior that has the potential to cause harm with timely intervention and corrective action before an incident occurs. Furthermore, associates are encouraged to take an active role in identifying and reporting these incidents alongside suggestions for prevention or improvement of safety conditions or behaviors.
Each facility also conducts regular safety walks. During these walks, the leadership team inspects production processes to test associate knowledge and ensure that the physical environment is safe. Both behaviors of recognition and improvement are identified during these walks.
Safety hazard information is communicated to associates regularly. Communication materials are provided to associates and then discussed with leadership.
Topics included in these communications revolve around recent safety hazards, issues and training. While we employ various preventative safety measures across our operations, we understand that accidents can happen. If an injury occurs, a root cause is identified, and corrective actions are implemented to prevent the injury from happening again. All safety information is tracked and reviewed at each location and with senior management. Incidents and corrective actions are then shared across site locations, along with significant near miss/good catch incidents, to ensure that best practices are implemented globally. In 2019, we saw a recordable incident rate of 0.39 compared to 0.78 in 2018. Our lost time incident rate in 2019 was 0.21 compared to 0.31 in 2018. We achieved these results all while increasing the number of working hours from 2018. In addition, we saw the number of near misses/good catches implemented at over 31,000.