The most important thing our employees can do at work is go home safe and sound to their families at the end of the day. Regardless of job description, work location or working conditions, TEP employees must work in a manner that prevents injury. Safety practices are tailored to specific job duties and are evaluated and refined constantly. Here are some examples of our commitment to safe operations:
TEP’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) rate of recordable injuries and illnesses is 1.04 per 1,000 employees. This is a fantastic rating that exceeds the safety performance of other utilities. But our goal is absolute zero. That’s why we focus so intently on safety for our nearly 1,400 employees in Tucson and Springerville.
Some of our employees volunteer as “Safety Rovers” for a year, dedicating themselves to identifying and mitigating potential hazards.
Employees design and manage their own safety programs. Trained observers watch fellow workers on the job and provide positive feedback on safe behaviors. If there’s a safety concern, solutions are openly discussed with an emphasis on reinforcing safe practices. Employees also lead steering teams to review their observations with management.
Each injury and “near-miss” incident is thoroughly reviewed by individual departments and corporate safety professionals. They examine causes, chart trends and identify opportunities for improvement.