Safety – A NAES Core Value
We’ve taken our steadfast commitment to safety to the next level with a comprehensive program – NAES Safe – that elevates both our standards and expectations regarding workplace injuries. As our founding principle, we consider zero injuries to be the only acceptable standard.
The NAES Safe program augments our comprehensive Safety Management System (SMS), which provides the tools to integrate safety into work planning and execution throughout the organization:
- A Safety Policy that sets forth vision and values;
- Safety Principles that guide our decisions, planning and work performance;
- Safety Standards that are spelled out in the NAES Health and Safety Manuals for plant operations, construction projects and corporate offices;
- Safety Plans and Procedures that include site-specific safety plans and safety improvement plans for all plants and projects.
NAES Safe by the Numbers
- 80% = Plants we operate that have never sustained a recordable injury on our watch.
- 15 = Plants we operate that have celebrated 10 or more years without a recordable injury.
- 27 = Plants we operate that have marked 10 or more years without a lost workday injury.
- 14 = Plants we operate that have earned OSHA’s coveted VPP Star certification for extraordinary safety performance.
- 0.90 = Our current recordable injury rate – 58% below the industry average of 2.1.
“ I am personally committed to providing the resources needed to achieve 'zero injuries' in the NAES workplace. We owe it to ourselves and to our families to ensure the safety of every NAES employee and contractor, so that we can be productive in the workplace and return home safely each day.— Robert E. Fishman, NAES President and CEO
President's Good Catch Program
In February 2014, NAES President and CEO Bob Fishman expressed his personal commitment to our core value of safety. To underscore this, he approved the President’s "Good Catch" recognition program, which rewards employees who report near-misses or stop unsafe work.
At the plant and project level, a robust process for reporting and learning from near-miss events and stop-work actions should already exist. The Good Catch award is intended to reinforce local recognition.
Each month, the Senior Vice Presidents of Plant Operations and Engineering & Construction will nominate noteworthy near-miss and stop-work reports for recognition by the President and the Executive Safety Committee. These exemplary actions will be announced in EnergyLine, and each individual will receive a casual or workware "NAES Safe" jacket.
Near Miss: An incident in which no personal injury or property damage was sustained, but which could easily have caused injury or damage given a slight shift in time or position.
Stop Work: A situation in which an employee observes an unsafe condition or act that could affect the safety of personnel and/or property and takes immediate action to stop work, place it in a safe state and report the event to the supervisor.
Eligibility: If you have identified, reported and completed an event report form for a near-miss or stop-work action, you’re eligible.
Office Eligibility: If you are employed in the NAES corporate or subsidiary offices, you must document the near-miss or stop-work action and report it to your Office Safety Committee. The Safety Committee chairperson can then forward it to the Safety Department for consideration by the Executive Safety Committee.
Award Recognition: Each month, senior leaders of the business unit will submit the most noteworthy "good catches" to the Executive Safety Committee for consideration. Winners will be announced in each edition of EnergyLine.
Reporting near-misses and stopping unsafe work actions play a critical role in preventing incidents and helping us learn from mistakes. When we proactively focus on small events and near-misses, we gain the opportunity to correct our processes, raise awareness and avoid unsafe behavior.
NAES Safe – 10 Core Elements
Based on our standard of continuous improvement, the NAES Safety Management System ensures that we ‘plan our work and work our plan’ through planning, implementation, performance, measurement, assessment and improvement. To this end, we have adopted 10 Core Elements that underpin the SMS at every office and job site.
Based on established processes and procedures, NAES health and safety programs foster a safe working environment through training, communication and solid execution. We work closely with customers to solicit feedback and integrate ‘lessons learned’ into all projects and safety programs. Our safety professionals continuously support the education, training and assessment activities that raise awareness of – and eliminate – health and safety risks.
Employee Engagement in Safety
Employee Engagement in Safety at every opportunity, so that all employees actively tailor and improve the safety process at their site to provide a positive safety influence that is seen and felt.
Management Leadership & Accountability
Management Leadership and Accountability defined at all levels in the organization.
Continuous Improvement through SIPs
Continuous Improvement through Safety Improvement Plans making SIPs integral with each safety committee and all employees achieve and sustain superior performance.
Safety Monitoring & Leading Indicators
Safety Monitoring and Leading Indicators to achieve worksite analysis, engage employees and bring about pride in the workplace.
Contractor Safety Management
Contractor Safety Management from prequalification, high expectations, orientation, and oversight.
Fitness for Duty
Fitness for Duty is part of our safety principle of condition of employment and hiring and retaining safety-minded personnel.
Recognition and Rewards
Recognition and Rewards for our people being safe and performing safety awareness activities.
Incident Reporting & Investigation
Incident Reporting and Investigation includes root cause analysis and corrective actions that look deeper into the organization and processes.
Safety Orientation and Training
Safety Orientation and Training includes onboarding new employees, core safety training and qualifications and continuing training.
Pre-Work Planning from pre-bid/greenfield to plant operations, outages, daily task assignments, JHAs, and work instructions.