Safety has deep roots in NextEra Energy's culture. We constantly strive to be role models within our industry and encourage our employees to keep safety top of mind. We are committed to maintaining a safe work environment and create an inclusive safety culture where safety is everyone’s job. Evidence of our ZERO Today! philosophy that all injuries are preventable can be found throughout our company. We hold ourselves accountable to take action to prevent injuries at all times. In 2019, we achieved our best safety performance ever, reflecting an 80% improvement in the last 15 years. Notably, in just one year in the NextEra Energy family, Gulf Power realized a 40% improvement in its OSHA recordable rate.
At NextEra Energy, our safety focus permeates all 11 collective bargaining agreements within our family of companies. Specific provisions address:
For example, the agreement between FPL and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers System Council U-4 has a detailed company-union program including:
The agreement also includes a comprehensive program for serious incident investigations using a specially trained union-management team.
We're committed to maintaining a safe working environment, including using suppliers with a demonstrated commitment to safety. In general, suppliers who have a presence on company premises of 30 or more cumulative person-days within 12 months are required to comply with the requirements of NextEra Energy's Supplier Safe and Secure Workplace policy. Suppliers are expected to demonstrate an experience modification rate (EMR) for safety purposes that's equal to or better than average for their industry. An EMR is a ratio that indicates how a company's workers' compensation losses compare to those of other companies with similar classifications. We maintain specific guidelines for the implementation of these goals and invoke them as requirements within contractual agreements with our suppliers.
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