Safety has deep roots in NextEra Energy's culture. We constantly strive to be role models within our industry. Evidence of our ZERO Today! philosophy that all injuries are preventable can be found throughout our company. Since launching ZERO Today!, we have deepened our commitment to safety by working to turn our vision into a reality for our employees, our suppliers and our communities.
We continue to:
- Enhance our focus on safety both at work and at home; and
- Encourage an inclusive safety culture in which safety is everyone's job.
Specific actions to improve our safety performance include:
- We educate employees on safety risks through meetings and communications, and we share best practices for risk mitigation;
- We encourage employee observation programs to identify injury risks in the field, leading to focused injury prevention countermeasures;
- Our Safety Information Management System captures all information on injury events, unsafe conditions and near misses. This information then drives a heightened level of safety responsibility and prevention among employees, supervisors and managers;
- We perform baseline hazard assessments at each work location to identify risks and mitigation strategies. These routine, periodic assessments and inspections ensure corrective measures are developed for newly identified hazards;
- We train employees on advanced incident investigation techniques and root cause identification software. The software helps determine employee, management and system failures and then prompts the user to identify and assign appropriate countermeasures to address the risks;
- We benefit from safety committees made up of both bargaining and non-bargaining employees as well as an Executive Safety Council that review and address our work-related injury risks;
- We require all non-bargaining employees to include at least one safety goal as part of their annual performance objectives;
- We train our employees on peer-to-peer coaching to successfully address unsafe behaviors before an injury event or near-miss occurs; and
- Numerous NextEra Energy locations participate in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Currently, 22 of our work locations have received an inspection from OSHA and recognition as a VPP Star Site.
We maintain a very active online safety network where employees can post safety discussion questions, access a library of company safety material and more.
*OSHA Recordable Rate - # OSHA recordable injuries and illness * 200,000 / total hours worked
At NextEra Energy, our safety focus permeates all 11 collective bargaining agreements within our family of companies. Specific provisions address:
- Safety equipment;
- Hazardous working conditions; and
- Joint company-union involvement in the development of safety standards.
For example, the agreement between FPL and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers System Council U-4 has a detailed company-union program including:
- Local Joint Safety Advisory Committees;
- Business Unit Joint Safety Committees; and
- A Corporate Joint Safety Committee.
The agreement also includes a comprehensive program for serious incident investigations using a specially trained union-management team.
We're committed to maintaining a safe working environment, including using suppliers with a demonstrated commitment to safety. In general, suppliers who have a presence on company premises of 30 or more cumulative person-days within 12 months are required to comply with the requirements of NextEra Energy's Supplier Safe and Secure Workplace policy. Suppliers are expected to demonstrate an experience modification rate (EMR) for safety purposes that's equal to or better than average for their industry. An EMR is a ratio that indicates how a company's workers' compensation losses compare to those of other companies with similar classifications. We maintain specific guidelines for the implementation of these goals and invoke them as requirements within contractual agreements with our suppliers.
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