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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!