April 3, 2012

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sites again recognized for excellence in environmental, occupational health, safety management

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman announced April 3 its Aerospace Systems sector has earned key distinctions in environmental management and employee health and safety at several locations across the United States.

Following careful examination of their environmental management systems, eight sector locations will receive International Organization for Standardization 14001 registration, confirming the sites have met stringent international standards for minimizing the company’s impact on the environment. The facilities are located in San Diego, El Segundo and Palmdale, Calif.; Melbourne and St. Augustine, Fla.; Bethpage, N.Y.; Moss Point, Miss.; and New Town, N.D.

In addition, the San Diego, Moss Point and New Town sites received the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18001 certification for managing employees’ health and safety in the workplace.

“These honors recognize Northrop Grumman’s deep commitment to the health and safety of our employees and stewardship of the environment,” said Gary Ervin, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “I couldn’t be prouder of our employees for ensuring our company’s continued leadership in these critical areas.”

Advanced Waste Management, a registrar accredited by the American National Standards Institute-American Society for Quality National Accreditation Board, conducted both the ISO and OHSAS audits.

The registrations and certifications are renewals from previous years, and the sites demonstrated notable accomplishments in earning ISO 14001 registration and OHSAS 18001 certification.

For example:

  • The Bethpage, N.Y., site in 2011 experienced a 247 percent increase in paper recycling, achieving a total of 58,383 pounds for the year. Since 2009, the facility has reduced chemical inventory volumes by 40 percent and hazardous waste disposal by 20 percent.
  • The El Segundo, Calif., site completed several projects in 2011 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,700 metric tons per year. Since 2008, the site has increased bottle and can recycling by 560 percent. In 2011, for the 14th consecutive year, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery honored the site as a Waste Reduction Awards Program winner.
  • Melbourne, Fla., has realized a 42 percent reduction in water use and wastewater generation by implementing special equipment during its aircraft-wash process.
  • The New Town, Penn., facility has reduced injuries by 78 percent since 2004.
  • Palmdale, Calif., reduced hazardous waste by 23 percent in 2011. The site also has achieved a 50 percent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from combustion sources over two years.
  • The San Diego, Calif., site reduced volatile organic compounds by 75 percent in one year and has cut injuries by the same percentage since 2004.
  • Moss Point, Miss., recorded zero injuries two of the last three years and reduced hazardous waste generation by 10 percent year over year between 2008 and 2010.
  • The St. Augustine, Fla., manufacturing center has demonstrated more than 14 years of environmental excellence and continuous improvement. The site has reduced greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by more than 20 percent since 2006, and has reduced recordable injuries by 60 percent since 2004. The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the facility as an “Energy Champion Plant” in 2008.

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