Pantex is committed
to employee safety. The company has implemented several important programs and
processes to reach its goal of zero accidents.
In FY12, Pantex had one of
the lowest Total Recordable Case (TRC) rate in Plant history at 0.37 and a Lost
Time Case (LTC) rate of 0.00.
Since 2001, the TRC Rate at
Pantex has improved more than 88 percent. The plant’s Lost Time Case Rate (LTC)
has improved 100 percent for the same time period. The TRC and LTC are two
common ways industry measures safety success.
Pantex also surpassed 6.9
million hours worked without a lost-time injury in FY12.
Although these results are
outstanding, Pantex continues to strive to improve the overall safety
In 2010, Pantex was
awarded Star status in the Department of Energy’s Voluntary Protection Program,
which is designed to recognize the outstanding performance of a DOE
contractor’s safety program. In 2011, Pantex achieved Superior Star Status,
followed by the Star of Excellence in 2012.
Pantex was named
one of America’s Safest Companies by Occupational Hazards magazine. Pantex was one of 11 companies honored by the magazine for steadfast dedication
For it's commitment to safety, Pantex also received three awards from the National Safety Council.
Safety Program Management
Another way Pantex accomplishes work safely
is by using the Integrated Safety Management System (ISM) framework.
ISM is the overarching system that
provides a High Reliability Organization the assurance that high-consequence
operations can be effectively performed while providing for the safety of
workers, the public and the environment.
principles are the fundamental requirements that drive operations, from
development of scope to performance of work. The system enables management to
define the scope of the work, analyze hazards, identify and implement needed
controls and provide continuous feedback for continuous improvement. By taking
these steps, management is able to confirm readiness before work begins and
incorporate improvements if needed.
Incident-Free Work Environment
an Incident-Free Work Environment philosophy at the site. It is a philosophy
that requires management, leadership, employee involvement, hazard prevention
and control, as well as safety and health training.
Industrial Safety Department developed a strategic business model to commit
staff and resources toward effective balance of mission priorities, value
determinations and objectives aimed at preventing, eliminating or mitigating
unsafe acts and unsafe conditions. To ensure worker safety, the department provides
compliance guidelines for safety related regulations, programs and initiatives
that support this philosophy.
Industrial Safety assists
the plant with implementation of safety program improvements and routine
oversight of firearms safety, electrical safety, traffic safety, hazard
analyses, incident investigations, facility inspections and other safety
Behavior Based Safety
While plant management is ultimately responsible for protecting workers from hazards in the workplace, responsibility extends to all employees at Pantex. Behavior Based Safety (BBS) is an employee-driven process that focuses attention on safe and at-risk behaviors. Employees are trained to conduct observations of their peers’ activities in their work areas and then provide specific feedback in a non-threatening manner. Employee steering committees trend information, develop action plans and communicate results.
Human Performance Improvement (HPI)
HPI is intended to promote behaviors to accomplish specific results throughout Pantex that support safe and reliable operations. Progress towards HPI requires a work environment in which individuals and leaders routinely exhibit desired behaviors. Such behaviors must be clearly described, communicated and reinforced. Peer pressure, open communication and positive reinforcement can establish a culture in which individuals, leaders and organizational processes
eliminate obstacles to achieve excellent human performance. This situation will reduce or eliminate
error-likely situations, therefore reducing or even eliminating events due to human error. Excellent human performance leads to optimum plant performance.
Safety councils are a vital part of the safety programs used by Pantex. Currently, Pantex uses three different safety councils to promote open safety communications and solicit invaluable input from different organizations onsite. The President’s Safety Council, The Joint Company and Union Safety Council and the Subcontractor Safety Council are important tools that integrate several different groups and provide a forum for valuable safety discussions.
The President’s Safety Council has a monthly meeting that is made up of a diverse representation from across the plant and includes Department of Energy and union representatives. The Joint Company and Union Safety Council has a monthly meeting that brings together Pantex
senior managers and the leadership of each of the unions to address specific issues brought forward for discussion. The Subcontractor Safety Council is a quarterly meeting between Pantex and all contractors, as well as their project officers and responsible division managers.
This meeting is a forum to discuss concerns and ensure that all subcontractors are working within the high safety standards that are expected by Pantex.
Pantex fully embraces the safety commitment and values the rights of every worker.