Xylem’s safety philosophy is to “accept only zero” — meaning that we strive for a zero-incident workplace and one in which our employees return home at the end of each day uninjured.
We have taken several proactive measures to ensure that safety is top of mind for all employees. Safety-related responsibilities are defined in employees’ job descriptions, reinforced through site communications and measured regularly with recognition for outstanding performance. In 2017, we made progress at both the site and enterprise levels — and we are on track to achieve more positive results as safety becomes further integrated into our culture.
Risk Reduction Index
In 2017, we focused the Safety Scorecard on risk reduction and renamed it the Risk Reduction Index (RRI). We have raised the bar on the crucial elements and have removed injury frequency and injury severity from the calculation. Each of our sites now tracks safety according to the RRI. In addition, safety continues to be integrated into every area of Xylem’s business. At the end of 2017, environment, health and safety (EHS) was included in our Continuous Improvement maturity matrix. Looking ahead, sites will be assessed, and we will generate a score accordingly that demonstrates the safety acumen of the site.
Recognizing Outstanding Safety Results
Our CEO Safety Excellence Award recognizes one manufacturing facility and one sales and service team each year for outstanding safety performance. Assessment of performance is strongly weighted toward leading program attributes versus trailing indicator performance. Scoring for 2017 entries, like previous years, was conducted by an independent third party and is based on a combination of objective (quantitative) and subjective (qualitative) criteria, including indicator rates and program vitality attributes. In addition, 208 Xylem sites were recognized in 2017 for Zero Incidents or operating throughout the year without recordable injuries or serious near-misses. The number of sites recognized this year represents a 10 percent increase in the number of sites recognized in 2016. Further, more than 40 sites were recognized for improving their safety performance by reducing the injury frequency at the site by 50 percent or more over their performance in the previous year.