At EDPR, we are focused on social welfare, development and health and safety of all stakeholders related to the business.
“At all times and in any situation, (EDPR) is responsible for running its activities with a target of zero accidents”
The EDPR Health and Safety policy reflects our company’s commitment to the prevention of occupational risks associated with our activities. Through the creation of health and safety committees, a significant part of our organization plays a role in the implementation of our health and safety policy. Our commitment to the health and safety of our employees is further supported through the OHSAS 18001 certification. EDPR is working to have all installed capacity certified by 2017.
Guaranteeing the health, safety and well-being of our employees is a top priority at EDPR, and this commitment is supported by our Health and Safety policies. In May 2013, the Executive Committee approved a common Health and Safety policy based on the EDP Group’s Guidelines. This harmonized policy reinforces the prevention of occupational risks as a key priority of company management.
Our employees follow these guidelines rigorously and strive to achieve a safe workplace for all those who provide services in our facilities. Additionally, contractors receive EDPR’s OH&S Policy for their knowledge and monitoring.
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 specific geography of where they’re utilized, and are developed based on country regulation and industry best practices.
The management system is supported by different manuals, control procedures, instructions and specifications. The Health and Safety Management Manual ensures the effective execution of EDPR’s OH&S policy, summarizes EDPR’s commitment to OH&S issues and describes the organizational structure, responsibilities, functions, practices, procedures and the necessary resources for managing OH&S at EDPR and achieving the defined goals.
EDPR’s commitment to preserve the health and safety of its employees is recognized with the Health & Safety certification OSHAS 18001:2007. This certification covers more than 90% of our operations (this calculation based on 2014YE installed capacity, since installations are certified the year after being reported). By the end of 2017, EDPR expects to have all of its installed capacity certified.
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 and communication of a preventive plan.
In Spain, the Internal Commission on Prevention is the highest governance body related to health and safety. It is led by the COO of Europe and holds meetings three times a year. Internal subcommittees meet every three months to implement, monitor and control prevention activities in their area of responsibility.
In the rest of the European countries, we have established a committee on health, safety and working conditions, which represents all workers and is led by the country manager.
In the United States, there is a health and safety committee for each site that includes both EDPR and O&M contractor employees. There is also a management health and safety committee to communicate industry issues and develop organization objectives.
As an integral part of our health and safety strategy, employees participate in training courses and risk assessment activities based on the potential risks associated with their position. These trainings include first aid and firefighting courses, electrical and mechanical specific preparation, chemical and heavy products handling, offshore safety instructions, emergency training, 4×4 vehicle driving and office specific training.
We are equally concerned for the safety of both our employees and contractors. Our contractors are subject to a health and safety screening when they bid to work for our company. Once the contractor is selected, they are required to present proof of having provided the required training. Almost 100% of contractors undergone relevant health and safety training during the year. To ensure the contractor’s safety, we usually hold meetings on site to discuss the risks and responsibilities of each company and to define preventive actions.
Moreover, we have many tools for coordination that allow us to share information and documentation, including contractor training requirements, H&S legal awareness at our wind farms, and the registration of accidents, incidents, and near misses.
Each office and windfarm in Europe and the US has its own emergency plans, which includes contact details and instructions to follow in case of an emergency. Health and Safety drills are conducted not only for EDPR staff but also for contractors working on the wind farms, and can involve external agents like firefighters and civil protection.
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 and to proactively prevent incidents in the future.