Original Date: 09/14/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Transition Toolkit for Restructure Activities
After the Raytheon/Hughes merger in 1997, the Raytheon Corporation decided to consolidate and relocate all of its missile functions to the Tucson facility. Raytheon Missile Systems Company (RMSC) wanted to ensure that EH&S issues were being addressed during these activities, so the company set up a special EH&S transition taskforce for developing guidelines. As a result, the taskforce developed a unique transition toolkit, which was distributed to the 13 relocating missile programs.
RMSC’s proactive transition approach captured all data needed for permit and production modification. A comprehensive checklist was developed by the restructuring team for use by the product line points of contact (POCs) who supported the transitioning programs. Specific concerns addressed by RMSC included air quality permit revisions, explosive site approval, and new/modified manufacturing processes. Any deviation from RMSC’s existing manufacturing baseline (up or down) needed to be assessed for its impact against existing permits.
Using a standardized approach, POCs communicated all transitioning information (e.g., EH&S objectives and requirements, reasons for implementing the toolkit) to their respective programs. Up-front, high-level program information was required to forecast potential EH&S impacts. Since the manufacturing activities of all the transitioning programs are collectively viewed by the regulatory agencies as a single source, all gathered data needed to be collected in similar terms so the overall EH&S impact could be assessed. RMSC’s toolkit provided the means to verify that all pertinent data was collected.
The transition toolkit provided guidance and direction for the programs relocating to the RMSC facility. In addition, the toolkit captured and collated data for RMSC which allowed the company to avoid long permit revisions and transition schedule delays. Current program baseline information and anticipated deltas with respect to air emission, hazardous materials, and explosives were required from each transitioning activity. The transition toolkit facilitated the roll-up of EH&S information from an extremely diverse group of manufacturing activities while maximizing the limited resources available to complete the task.
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