Audits of safety and health efforts help us stay compliant with company policies, laws and regulations. The audits also help flag potential hazards that could lead to harm.
Internal audits of our safety and health management system and compliance processes are a part of our quest for Zero Harm. Safety and health programs were audited at 18 locations in 2015. In addition, a system-wide audit for contractor safety and health programs oversight was conducted for all utility operations. All audit findings are assigned action plans to address findings and then corrected and shared with business unit leaders and safety and health professionals to leverage lessons learned.
In 2016, we are reviewing our processes for sharing information and lessons learned to ensure there is consistency across the AEP system and that important information to prevent harm is shared with each and every employee and contractor.
Our Generation business unit uses the Managing Environment, Safety and Health (MESH) information management system to track performance and ensure compliance with requirements. Each of our power plants has electronic MESH manuals that link to corporate resources while also addressing plant-specific processes.