Health and Safety
The percentage reductions are adjusted to reflect the merger, the spinoffs of Otis and Carrier, and the acquisition of Rockwell Collins.
Protecting our employees and providing a workplace free of hazards is one of our core principles. We work tirelessly to maintain a proactive culture, engaging employees, benchmarking with others and mining our data to identify opportunities for improvement. We also regularly conduct root-cause investigations to identify corrective actions.
Our approach to workplace safety is built on three principles:
- Health and safety is a responsibility shared by all employees, from senior leaders to workers on the manufacturing floor and remote job sites.
- Workplace safety requires continuous discipline and focus.
- Leading indicators can focus our attention on areas where risks and injuries can emerge over time, helping us to eliminate workplace hazards.
We measure the effectiveness of our health and safety programs using a variety of metrics. While not the only measurement of program success, our total recordable injury rate shows continuing improvement. Since 2015, we have reduced the injury rate by 39%.
Hundreds of health and safety initiatives, programs and projects were implemented over this period targeting various types of injuries and risks such as ergonomics, slips and trips, lacerations and falls from heights. EH&S Committees — with employee involvement — direct safety initiatives, program enhancements and employee safety awareness efforts. All employees are trained in workplace health and safety policies and procedures.
Many of our sites have rolled out a safety “mistake-proofing” process. It is a corrective action process focused on the re-engineering of work processes to mitigate safety risks and eliminate the possibility of health and safety event recurrences. The company will expand this program to all sites as part of its new 2025 EH&S sustainability goals.
Ergonomic risk reduction
Ergonomic hazards are the leading cause of the company’s workplace injuries. They include injuries from lifting, lowering, pushing or pulling objects, repetitive motion and awkward postures. Over the last few years, we have identified elevated ergonomic risks and implemented creative control measures to reduce these risks. The teams work closely with employees who perform these tasks and who often have the best solutions. Since 2015, the company has reduced its high ergonomic risks by 78%.
Although we have significantly reduced ergonomic risks over the last five years, they remain the leading cause of workplace injuries at Raytheon Technologies. As a result, we will continue expanding our risk reduction efforts in this area through 2025.
OSHA Voluntary Protection Program
A growing number of our sites in the United States participate in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program. The program lays out a proven road map to develop effective safety programs and to achieve and maintain low injury rates.
Sites that submit an application to become VPP Star-certified will undergo a rigorous on-site evaluation by a team of health and safety professionals. It often takes multiple years and a long-term commitment to achieve the safety excellence needed to earn the certification.
At the end of 2020, Raytheon Technologies leads the aerospace and defense industry with 61 OSHA VPP Star-certified sites.
Disclaimer: This webpage contains certain metrics and other information relating to the company's sustainability objectives, goals, plans, expectations and data. This information is based on a combination of company- and industry-specific datasets and, in certain cases, our current best estimates and assumptions. Such measurements reflect current industry practices, legal and regulatory requirements, and other applicable frameworks, but has not been audited or reviewed by a third party. Furthermore, the company's forward-looking information on the webpage, including its goals, plans and expectations, involve risks and uncertainties that may result in our not achieving goals, or cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, global macroeconomic conditions, evolving industry best practices, applicable frameworks and legal and regulatory requirements. The information on this page is as of its March 12, 2021 posting only, and will be updated when, as, and if determined by the company.