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Occupational health and safety

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Enel considers people’s health, safety and mental/physical integrity to be a precious asset that must be protected at all times – whether at work, home or in their free time. It is committed to developing and promoting a sound safety culture everywhere in order to ensure a healthy work environment. Each person is responsible for his or her own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of those with whom they interact. As set forth in Enel’s “Stop Work Policy”, any risky situation or unsafe behavior must be promptly reported and stopped. Enel’s safety culture is based on each person’s constant commitment, the integration of safety into processes and training, the reporting and analysis of any near misses, the stringent selection and management of contractors, quality controls, the sharing of experiences within the Group and the comparison with top international players.

Enel has a Statement of Commitment to Health and Safety, signed by the Group’s top management, that is based on the following fundamental principles:

  • compliance with the law, the adoption of best standards and sharing experiences;
  • the creation, implementation and continuous improvement of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System in compliance with the BS OHSAS 18001 standard;
  • the reduction of accidents, occupational diseases and other incidents through the implementation of appropriate prevention measures and verification of their adequacy and effectiveness;
  • the assessment of all health and safety risks and the adoption of a systematic approach to eliminate them at the source or, when this is not possible, to minimize them;
  • the promotion of information initiatives to disseminate and consolidate a culture of health, safety and organizational well-being;
  • the adoption of work methods inspired by quality and spreading them through decisive and effective training that aims to firmly unite technical and safety aspects;
  • direct efforts by managers to strengthen a sound culture of safety leadership;
  • the adoption of safe and responsible conduct at all levels of the organization;
  • the design of workplaces and the provision of equipment and tools suitable for carrying out the work, ensuring the best conditions of health, safety, comfort and well-being;
  • stringency in the selection and management of contractors and suppliers, and the promotion of their involvement in programs for the continuous improvement of safety performance;
  • constant attention to local communities and to all those who work or come into contact with the Group’s activities by sharing a culture of health and safety protection;
  • annually defining specific and measurable targets and continuously monitoring them to verify that they have been achieved through the involvement of top management.

In January 2019, Enel also revised the Health and Safety Policy in line with the principles set forth in the Statement of Commitment to Health and Safety and in the Code of Ethics.

In compliance with the Policy, each Group Business Line has put in place its own Health and Safety Management System that complies with BS OHSAS 18001, which is based on identifying hazards, the qualitative and quantitative assessment of risks, planning and adopting prevention and protection measures, assessing the effectiveness of such measures and adopting any corrective actions.

The Management System involves both Enel and contractor personnel working on the Company’s own plants/sites. Each system involving both Enel and contractor personnel working on the Company’s plants and sites has the following requirements in common:

  • the preventive assessment of risks and their elimination and/or reduction by applying the most up-to-date technical knowledge;
  • the identification of the necessary prevention measures and the relative implementation program;
  • the adoption of measures to mitigate residual risks, giving priority to collective measures over individual measures;
  • the active, responsible and integrated actions of all individuals involved in safety, involving workers and/or their representatives, starting from the identification of the risk situations up to the choice of solutions to prevent and/or reduce them;
  • the appointment, where required, of an occupational physician and monitoring the health of workers assigned to specific at-risk jobs;
  • the preparation of an information and training program for workers in order to achieve greater awareness in dealing with risk situations;
  • regular maintenance and cleaning of work environments.

In confirmation of the strategy and Enel’s safety policies, during 2018 several initiatives were launched to strengthen the control system, especially as regards contractors, and the integration between the business areas and Health and Safety Functions, in order to identify potential areas at risk and prevent the occurrence of accidents through the use of innovative technologies.

In 2018, Enel invested 259.1 million euros in safety, in line with the expenditure for 2017.

In Enel’s organizational model, the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) unit of the Holding assumes an important role of oversight, direction and coordination, promoting the dissemination and sharing of best practices within the Group and external comparison in health and safety with the top international players in order to identify opportunities for improvement and ensure the constant commitment to risk reduction. Alongside the Holding Function, the HSEQ structures of the Global Business Lines direct and support the business on health and safety issues, define improvement plans and monitor their execution.