Original Date: 07/21/2003
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Safety Recognition Program
Electric Boat Corporation, Quonset Point Facility’s Safety Recognition Program takes a two-pronged approach to safety. Both the monetary awards and the activity-based awards have proven successful in recognizing employees for excellence in safety and heightening safety awareness throughout the facility.
To ensure a safe work environment for all team members, Electric Boat Corporation, Quonset Point Facility (EBQP) established a Safety Recognition Program based on the following principles: safety is a first priority; safety of the workforce has a direct impact on the quality and delivery of the product; and attaining and maintaining a good safety record is always a goal the company strives to achieve. EBQP’s two-pronged approach to the Safety Recognition program includes monetary awards and activity-based recognition. This approach allows supervision and the hourly workforce to approach safety from different angles. Monetary awards are presented at year-end based on the facility’s Lost Workday Injury Rate (LWIR). The formula used to calculate the rate is based on LWIR = (# of incidents x 200,000)/ production hours. (Note: The use of 200,000 gives a rate equivalent to lost workdays per 100 full-time employees.) The 2003 LWIR goal for the facility is 3.8. Each team member will be awarded $150 if the 2003 goal is met.
As part of the 2003 Safety Recognition Program, EBQP is adding several activities-based components to the program to augment and rouse employee interest: Safety Quiz consists of a question distributed to employees each week. Employees return answers to the communications office and are awarded a free ice cream coupon for a correct answer. An average of 350 answers is received each week.
EB Bucks or Safety Dollars are given by supervision to reward significant safety achievements by members of their team and can be redeemed at the facility’s cafeteria or the company’s Fairwater Store.
Safety Recognition Awards are used to recognize team members who have completed five or 10 years of service with no recordable injuries. A $25 Fairwater Store credit is awarded for this achievement.
Team members actively support each aspect of the Safety Recognition Program. While the end-of- the-year monetary award serves one purpose, the activities-based awards have been equally successful in providing immediate reward. At the same time, heightened safety awareness has resulted throughout the facility.
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