Internal audits of our safety and health management system and compliance processes are part of our quest for Zero Harm. The audits help flag potential hazards that could lead to harm, allowing us to take proactive action to prevent harm.
Safety and health programs were audited at 18 locations in 2016. In addition, a systemwide audit of some aspects of the safety and health program transformation was conducted. In response to findings, audit locations develop corrective action plans, which are tracked to closure by audit services. To leverage lessons learned, audit results are shared with business unit leaders and safety professionals across the company.
We continue to review 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.
We undertook an aggressive inspection of approximately 3,750 sites across the AEP system to identify safety risks that could result in harm to our employees.
Following a fatal crash between a train and an AEP vehicle at a private rail crossing leading into one our construction laydown yards, we undertook an aggressive inspection of approximately 3,750 sites across the AEP system to identify safety risks that could result in harm to our employees. We looked at all of our assets, plants, substations and laydown yards. Through this process, we identified potential factors that could result in injury and we are now prioritizing our mitigation efforts. We are working with a transportation consultant to help us provide temporary and permanent solutions.
Our Distribution and Generation business units use the Managing Environment, Safety and Health (MESH) information management system to track performance and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. Each of our power plants has electronic MESH manuals that link to corporate resources while also addressing plant-specific processes.
Since vehicle collisions with utility poles are out of our control, in 2017 we will begin accounting for those events separately.