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Building a Solid Safety Program Lauro A. Garza Sr. Sr. Director, Enterprise Occupational Safety and Health August 15, 2013. Agenda. Current State of Safety at CPS Energy Safety Governance & Leadership Safety Teams and Leadership commitment Safety Activities

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Building a Solid Safety ProgramLauro A. Garza Sr. Sr. Director, Enterprise Occupational Safety and Health August 15, 2013


Current State of Safety at CPS Energy

Safety Governance & Leadership

Safety Teams and Leadership commitment

Safety Activities

Levels of Safety Performance

Safety expectation of our Contractors / Vendors

Setting standards

Elements of a Best in Class Safety Program

Current state of safety at cps energy
Current State of Safety at CPS Energy

  • Just completed the best 2 years ever in Safety!!

  • We have experienced a 35% reduction in injuries in 2011 & 25% in 2012

  • Created Sr. Level Director Position to lead corporate wide safety programs in 2011

    • Created safety framework with focus on mirroring OSHA & following NESC, IEEE, ANSI & ASTM standards

    • Updated safety programs, procedures, handbook & recent arc flash study

  • Executive engagement has increased

  • We’ve cut our catastrophic injuries and events

  • Bottom line is: fewer safety events = less folks hurt

Governance principles
Governance Principles

  • It starts at the top with “real” Safety focused Senior Level Leaders

  • Maintain a strong Union & Management relationship

  • Processes and Procedures set up as tactical steps to ensure consistent approach to performing safe work

  • Our philosophy of embracing OSHA & industry Safety standards

  • Safety is our #1 Work Principle” - a part of our everyday operating procedures

  • Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) provide safety expertise to develop front line tasks for safe results

  • We track Safety goals, achievements, metrics, milestones at all levels of the organization down to individual goals for safety

Safety activities
Safety Activities

  • 2011 - Centralized Safety and Health functions under new leadership & transitioned Safety Professionals to EOSH

  • 2012 - Created Safety Teams at all levels of the organization with Union representation

  • Anyone can stop a job if they believe it to be unsafe!

  • Measurement, Metrics, Communications: Milestones for safety projects and programs; What do you measure? Leading and Lagging indicators? Training? Engagement? Results?

  • Benchmarking (Key to Success)!!!!!!!!!!

Top management visibly committed
Top Management visibly committed

  • Stand Ups & Stand Downs

  • Involvement in sending the message and expectations

  • Being genuine to those who work on the front line

  • Showing up when things are going right and when not going right

  • Management commitment provides the motivating force and resources for organizing and controlling activities within an organization

Middle management actively involved
Middle Management actively involved

  • Attend Root Cause Analysis

  • Show up to the Safety Event scene

  • Visibly support Safety culture

  • Provide leadership in open discussions

  • Know and understand Safety standards

  • Lead by example

Craft workers actively participating and developing
Craft workers actively participating and developing

  • Each and everyday working to identify hazards and mitigate them

  • Performing effective pre-job briefs

  • Watching each others back

  • Speaking up and even stopping the job if they feel it is unsafe

  • Clearly and effectively communicating

  • Employee involvement provides the means through which workers develop and express their own commitment to Safety

Safety training
Safety Training

  • Implement & reinforce at all levels

  • Master Training Plan

  • Establish minimum training for Leaders and Workers

  • Basics, Technical, Craft, Specialized

  • Knowledge Verification

  • Shelf life

  • Retraining

Contractors vendors
Contractors & Vendors

  • Accountable to meet their OSHA requirements

  • High Voltage and hazardous areas must use PPE / IPE as required by their programs (OSHA, LOTO, etc)

  • When working in/around our work environments, need to mirror or exceed standards

  • Must provide Safety Leadership commitment, VPP status, Policies/Procedures, Safety Records, Safety Manual & OSHA /Training logs

  • Allow on site observations

  • Report Safety Events to CPS Energy

Setting standards
Setting Standards

  • Put it in writing

  • Safety Policies, Programs, Procedures, Handbook, etc.

  • Communicate with workers on new or updated standards

  • Train on the importance of a strong Pre-Job Analysis and Hazard Identification

  • Hold ourselves to standards

  • Walk the talk


  • The real goal is to get everyone home safe

  • The focus is on setting standards and “execution”

  • Constantly make everyone aware of hazards and do something to mitigate them

  • Set the framework for your safety program

  • Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

  • Be engaged in Safety to protect those who serve next to us and the public!

  • Create your Best in Class Safety Organization

  • Safety is not just our mission, it is our calling!