Original Date: 05/01/2000
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Security Safety Inspection Program
Previously at Northrop Grumman Defensive Systems Division (DSD), Security performed fire rounds, perimeter checks, and fire alarm tests. Although Security frequently discovered safety discrepancies, the company lacked standardized documentation for these occurrences. Environmental inspections were only performed to meet regulatory compliance, and safety inspections were conducted only as issues were identified. In 1992, Northrop Grumman DSD altered its reactive approach by creating the Security Safety Inspection Program (SSIP). This program collaborates the efforts of Security and the Environmental, Health, and Safety Management (EHSM).
The SSIP is a proactive approach to environmental and safety (E&S) compliance inspections. EHSM trains security officers to perform visual inspections based on E&S fundamentals and the basics of government and state regulations. This arrangement fosters effective use of existing personnel and takes advantage of Security’s access to the entire facility. The facility is mapped into 30 zones with two inspections per zone. Each shift performs its own inspections, resulting in continuous inspections 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Security enters inspection results into the SSIP database which records, issues, and tracks all safety findings. The database automatically generates findings as formal memos to responsible parties, and incorporates the responses and corrective actions to close out the findings. The SSIP database is also used to identify metrics and trends for discussion at monthly Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) Council and Committee meetings. Monthly safety reports are generated and disseminated to organizational area management and used for employee training and process improvement.
The SSIP enables Northrop Grumman DSD to create an environment of safety awareness and compliance throughout its facility, as well as reduce workplace hazards. Since 1992, the company’s injury rate has decreased by 40%. Northrop Grumman DSD’s injury rate is one-fourth that of the electronics industry.
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