At TPI, safety is our most important 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 help drive these beliefs it is our goal to continuously improve our zero-harm culture and implement a global behavior-based safety program focusing on eliminating unsafe behaviors.
Our 13 manufacturing facilities have safety management systems in place that cover their associates and activities. We currently have nine facilities ISO 45001 certified, and we plan 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 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 the facility level. These include our good-catch program, safety committees, weekly safety walks, and daily safety communication at each manufacturing facility.
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. In 2020, the number of good-catches submitted was over 23,500. 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, 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 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.
While we employ various preventative safety measures across our operations, we understand that accidents can happen and have processes in place to investigate safety incidents and prevent future injuries. If an injury occurs, a root cause is identified, and corrective actions are implemented to address the hazards that led to the injury. All manufacturing facilities have health and safety professionals that perform various activities to identify hazards and risks and employ action plans to combat these. 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-catch incidents, to ensure that best practices are implemented globally.
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.