Prior to awarding or renewing master services agreements, we evaluate and prequalify contractors based on safety performance and risk factors.
We currently screen 100 percent of new contractors that perform work on our field locations and track performance for more than 1,700 contractors. An independent, third-party review helps us validate and grade performance to ensure our contractors are following proper safety practices.
In 2016, more than 5,000 contractors participated in our updated contractor orientation program, which is now available online for easier access. We also hold periodic contractor expectation meetings to ensure our partners share our safe operating philosophies.
Safety is an integral part of our corporate culture and it permeates our daily actions. We use Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) as an indicator of safety performance.
Because we hold our contractors to the same standards as our employees, we include their performance in our safety statistics. In 2016, we reduced both our employee and contractor TRIR for a combined TRIR safety performance improvement of 30 percent.
We introduced a new program in early 2018 designed to improve our vehicle-operated safety performance and increase the efficiencies of our fleet operations. We installed GPS tracking devices on all company-owned vehicles. The GPS technology provides real-time location, performance data and maintenance alerts that will allow us to capture and evaluate specific metrics related to organizational safety. These state-of-the-art devices also will allow us to monitor and identify what we are doing right as well as opportunities to improve the driving behaviors of our employees as needed.
Newfield maintains a zero incident safety goal and is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of every employee, contractor and the local community.