At TPI, safety is our number one Core Value. We strongly believe that all accidents are preventable and that every associate should return at the end of their shift to their families in the same healthy condition in which they showed up for work. To do so, we continue to implement and improve our global behavior-based safety program to eliminate unsafe behaviors.
Our 14 manufacturing facilities have safety management systems in place that cover their associates and activities. We currently have eight facilities ISO 45001 certified. We expect to have the remaining facilities certified as well by end of 2023. 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 or local laws and regulations. Facilities where local standards are less stringent than the OSHA minimums generally adhere to the more rigorous U.S. standards.
We ensure the safety of our associates to support our zero-harm culture 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:
- 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 behaviors are properly executed, multiple measures are implemented at each site by our leadership teams and health and safety professionals. These measures include:
- good-catch safety program
- safety committees
- weekly safety walks
- daily safety communication
A good-catch is the identification of a condition or behavior that has the potential to cause harm with timely intervention and corrective action before an incident occurs. In 2021, the number of good-catches submitted was more than 30,000 demonstrating an active commitment by our associates in preventing unsafe conditions and behaviors.
Each manufacturing facility has its own safety committee where associates participate in the improvement of their facility’s safety management, and meetings are typically held monthly. Committee responsibilities include the review of safety incidents, identification of safety hazards, follow-up on safety improvement action plans and more.
During the safety walks, members of the site leadership team walk the factory and observe operations to identify unsafe conditions and unsafe behaviors. During these walks, the leadership team engages with associates to verify their EHS knowledge and coaches them on observed behaviors.
Safety communication materials are provided to associates and discussed with leadership daily. Topics include recent safety hazards, issues, and training. Furthermore, associates can remove themselves from any situation they view to be hazardous to their health without fear of retaliation. Corrective action to perceived hazards would be taken as appropriate by TPI.
A standard global Behavior-Based Safety process was implemented in 2021 to ensure we provide coaching around at-risk behaviors and reinforce safe behaviors.
While we employ various preventative safety measures across our operations, we understand that accidents may happen and have processes in place to investigate and prevent future injuries. If an incident occurs, a root cause is identified, and corrective actions are implemented to address the hazard that led to the incident. All safety information is tracked and reviewed at each facility and with the leadership team. Incidents and corrective actions are then shared across facilities, along with significant good-catches, to ensure that best practices are implemented globally.
We exceeded our safety goals for recordable incident rate (RIR) and lost time incident rate (LTIR). The RIR and LTIR goals were to remain flat or decrease year over year. In 2021, we reduced our RIR by 38% to 0.23 compared to 0.37 in 2020, and we reduced our LTIR by 32% in 2021 to 0.13 compared to 0.19 in 2020. Our 2020 and 2021 RIR and LTIR were significantly below the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry rates.
Recordable and Lost Time Incident Rates1
1 Industry incident rates are according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses NAICS code 333611.