Robert W. Campbell Award

Honeywell Aerospace keeps focus on safety

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At Honeywell Aerospace, a commitment to safety begins on the ground floor. It extends all the way to, well, outer space.

The Phoenix-based organization is the most recent recipient of the Robert W. Campbell Award from the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council. The Campbell Institute presents the award annually to an organization that successfully integrates environmental, health and safety management with business operations.

“It really is rewarding to know that we help deliver one of the best HSE processes out there,” said Scott Harczynski, Honeywell Aerospace’s vice president of health, safety, environment and facilities. “I would tell anyone who wants to go on that journey that it’s going to be worth it. Build a plan, stick to it, and ultimately you can get there.”

Honeywell Aerospace is a strategic business unit of Honeywell International Inc. Workers at Honeywell Aerospace help create products for many types of aircraft, including commercial planes, military jets and spacecraft.

The work is potentially hazardous, as employees manufacture engines, wheels, brakes, avionics products and other items. Pressure testing requires constant vigilance. Proper lockout/tagout is a priority. Confined spaces present additional challenges. Workers interacting with jet fuel cannot afford a moment’s distraction.

Technology and teamwork help with those efforts. Honeywell Aerospace promotes worker safety by integrating its environmental, health and safety management system into the overarching Honeywell Operating System. The integration allows Honeywell Aerospace to create safety structures, processes and practices – and establishes a management system that provides essential environmental, health and safety governance from the top level of the organization all the way down to the shop floor.

Scott Harczynski

“Our evolution started with getting our function right, then moved to getting the leadership engagement, then moved to having an operating system so everyone knew their role and their responsibility – essentially, a management plan for delivering HSE results,” Harczynski said.

Honeywell Aerospace believes each worker plays a role in safety. Its environmental, health and safety management system allows workers to promote and monitor safety at all levels of the organization. Safety talks are a key component of the organization’s success. “At every plant, every day, from the factory worker on the floor to the plant manager, we talk about safety,” Harczynski said. “We talk about safety, quality, delivery, inventory and productivity every single day, and we lead with safety.”

The organization’s tireless dedication to safety was not lost on the Campbell Institute leaders who scanned the country for top safety performers.

“While Honeywell Aerospace is known for manufacturing world-class products to keep all of us safer in flight, today they are receiving the Campbell Award because they are best-in-class at keeping their workforce safe,” NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a press release announcing the recipient. “Honeywell Aerospace is far along on its Journey to Safety Excellence, yet it still strives to do better – the hallmark of a world-class organization.”

By virtually every measure, Honeywell Aerospace stands apart for its dedication to safety. In 2014, the organization’s lost-time injury rate was 0.13, which was 96 percent better than the previous year’s industry average for the transportation equipment manufacturing sector. Honeywell Aerospace’s total OSHA recordable case rate was 0.44, which was 92 percent better than the average for the same sector.

Since integrating its environmental, health and safety management system into the Honeywell Operating System, Honeywell Aerospace has reduced its incident rates by almost 50 percent. The organization’s audit scores have improved almost 40 percent. The injury rates are the lowest in the history of the business group.

“Our experience so far is that when you have that true, embedded culture of what we expect around safety – nobody to get injured, no environmental events, looking out for one another – when you have that culture, folks come in, and if they don’t have it, they quickly can adopt it,” Harczynski said. “Because that’s the culture they’re coming into with the organization.”

Honeywell Aerospace President and CEO Tim Mahoney expressed pride in his organization’s commitment. Mahoney accepted the Campbell Award during the 2015 NSC Congress & Expo in Atlanta.

“Safety is who we are,” Mahoney said in a press release. “It is a core value that is integrated into all aspects of business. We are honored to receive the Campbell Award – a reminder to be proud of our accomplishments but never satisfied.”

Some organizations might be tempted to feel satisfied after seeing positive results and earning awards. At Honeywell Aerospace, leaders strive to maintain their progress.

Harczynski said Honeywell Aerospace’s workers also deserve credit for the Campbell Award. “Without their contributions and commitment to health, safety and environment, Campbell is not a possibility,” Harczynski said. “It really is part of the culture of our organization, and culture is about what people do every day."

The Campbell Institute

The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council is the global center of excellence for environmental, health and safety management. The institute collaborates with top-performing organizations to share research and best practices across industries. Learn more.

Who was Robert W. Campbell?

Robert W. Campbell was a pioneer in the safety movement in the United States. As the first chairman of Illinois Steel’s corporatewide safety committee, he organized the company’s first formal incident prevention programs, established safe work practices for many jobs, and developed safety training programs for workers and supervisors.

Campbell was selected by his peers to serve as president of the newly formed National Safety Council in 1913. Campbell’s leadership in the council’s formative days was powerful in the development of organized incident prevention efforts on a national scale.

Past recipients of the Robert W. Campbell Award:
2014 Cummins
2013 DuPont
2012 Firmenich
2011 UTC Fire & Security
2010 The Dow Chemical Co.
2009 Schneider Electric North America
2008 Fluor Hanford
2008 Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co.
2007 The Bahrain Petroleum Co.
2006 Alcan Inc.
2006 DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations
2005 Johnson & Johnson
2004 Noble Corp.

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