ZERO ACCIDENTS MINDSET
At EDPR, is top priority to guaranty the health, safety and well-being of its employees and contractors. A commitment that is supported by the Health and Safety (H&S) policy. The company is aware that it works in a sector particularly sensitive to occupational risk, which is why the primary goal is to set an EDPR way for maintaining health and safety requirements across all geographies. To achieve it, the main focus is on hands-on training by rigorously verifying the implementation of safety standards and updating the standard operating procedures to match the regulatory changes.
As an integral part of the H&S strategy, employees actively engage in both behavior-based safety and risk assessment activities based on the potential risks associated with their tasks. They rigorously follow the guidelines and always strive to achieve the safest workplace for all those who provide services in the facilities. H&S committees and subcommittees throughout EDPR pursue and support the implementation of H&S measures by collecting information from different operational levels and involving employees with the establishment and communication of the preventative plan. These committees, present on every working field, ensure that employees’ and contractors’ concerns are listened and resolved.
With the intention of promoting positive and healthy interactions/discussions, EDPR promotes employees’ and contractors’ to work as a team to improve safety performance. The main principles are:
To constantly keep improving the safety programs, EDPR encourages multiple safety campaigns throughout the year with several positive (safety) incentive programs for its employees’.
Furthermore, in order to achieve the zero accidents target, EDPR has implemented H&S management systems based on the OHSAS 18001:2007 specifications. The standards and procedures of these systems are adapted to the specificities of each geography where they are implemented and are developed based on the country’s regulation and industry’s best practices. The commitment to the H&S is further supported through the OHSAS 18001 certification. By the end of 2017, this certification covers 91%1 of EDPR’s installed capacity.
EDPR focus on an approach that is data driven to identify and react to leading indicators of injuries. The implementation of the H&S management systems allows it to manage and prevent future accidents with the objective of reaching the zero accident goal.
During 2017, EDPR registered a substantial improvement in its H&S ratios.
The number of accidents with absence registered for employees and contractor personnel decreased by 40%, resulting in a drop of 49% in the injury rate to 1.92 impacted by lower number of accidents and more worked hours. Additionally, the lost work day rate decreased by 59% to 693, driven by lower average lost work days per accident.
A greater focus on proactive approach in the H&S management plus the realization of the benefits from OHSAS certification results in a significant improvement in the statistics.
1. Calculation based on 2016YE Installed capacity.
2. Injury Rate calculated as (# of accidents with absence/Hours worked * 1,000,000)
3. Lost Work Day Rate calculated as (# of working days lost/Hours worked * 1,000,000)