ZERO ACCIDENTS MINDSET
Guaranteeing the health, safety and well-being of our employees and contractors is a top priority at EDPR, and this commitment is supported by our Health and Safety policy.
At EDPR, we are conscious that we work in a sector that is particularly sensitive to the occupational risk. Therefore, we place special emphasis on prevention by training, communicating and certifying our facilities.
As an integral part of our health and safety strategy, employees participate in training courses and risk assessment activities based on the potencial risks associated with their position. Our employees follow the guidelines rigorously and strive to achieve a safe workplace for all those who provide services in our facilities.
Committees and subcommittees throughout EDPR support the implementation of health and safety measures. These committees collect information from different operational levels and involve employees with the creation assessment activities based on the potential risks associated with their position.
In order to achieve our zero accidents goal, EDPR has implemented health and safety management systems based on the OSHAS 18001:2007 specifications. The standards and procedures of these systems are adapted to the specifics of each geography where they are implemented, and are developed based on country regulation and industry best practices. Our commitment to the health and safety of our employees and contractors is further supported through the OHSAS 18001 certification. EDPR is working actively to have all installed capacity certified by 2017.
The implementation of our health and safety management systems allow us to record and monitor the number of accidents, which aids us in achieving our zero accident goal. During 2015, EDPR registered 27 accidents. The trend is decreasing in Europe and US but it is compensated by higher short-term absence accidents in Brazil, impacted by higher construction activity in the country, which led to an increase in the frequency rate. Additionally, the severity rate increased, due to one long-term absence coming from 2014 and three during 2015, which led to 68% of the total days lost.
Overall, the trend is improving despite the increase in number of accidents in Brazil. A greater focus on communication of our policies, plus the realization of the benefits from OHSAS certification that occurred at the end of this year in Brazil, will help drive the improvement of these statistics.
Europe and US have lower H&S indicators due to more training hours and emergency plans both for staff and contractors.