Health and safety work in Statkraft

Follow-up of health and safety is a line responsibility in Statkraft. This means that each unit has an independent responsibility for efforts and follow-up relating to the health and safety performance. Ambitions and goals for health and safety are clearly embedded with the Corporate management.

Statkraft's safety culture

Statkraft’s goal is zero serious injuries. This is a logical, yet ambitious goal. In order to reach this goal, Statkraft is working systematically to establish a value-based safety culture based on transparency, clarification of requirements and a desire for continuous improvement.

Focus areas for the Group’s health and safety work in 2015

In 2015, Statkraft formulated a new programme to strengthen the Group's health and safety work. The programme contains for example new leading indicators for measuring the health and safety performance, improvement of the follow-up tool for health and safety in projects, increased focus on high-risk activities, training programmes for the senior management, new training modules for various target groups in the Group and critical review of group requirements. The programme was launched in the autumn of 2015, and most activities will be implemented in 2016.

Below follow some examples of ongoing follow-up and improvement activities in the various business areas:

  • Wind Offshore has continued the effort to incorporate and implement health and safety in WO PROMAS (project management tool for Wind Offshore). The health and safety part of the tool is founded on best industry practice as well as our own experiences from operative wind farms and previous development activities. The tool will be used and developed further in Statkraft’s large wind power project in central Norway.

  • The Optimum improvement programme will be continued for the business area Power Generation. This programme has addressed health and safety as one of several important improvement areas. Continuous learning, simplification and cooperation across technical disciplines, as well as increased focus on energy control and improved control over high-risk activities, are some of the measures identified for improving results. Increased construction activity in Norway will provide experience and contribute to developing the programme further.

  • Wind Offshore is an active participant in the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association to increase expertise concerning risk activities in the offshore wind sector. Statkraft is a board member and also chairs the working group that is developing guidelines for working at heights in such projects. Statkraft is also participating actively in working groups for marine operations and lifting operations.

Health and safety expertise

Statkraft employees are given training in safety risk and working environment, adapted to their individual working situation. Health and safety is part of the introduction programme for new employees, as well as the Group's management programmes. In addition, there is a basic, web-based course in Statkraft's safety culture and work, which is available to all employees. Furthermore, there is a more extensive web-based health and safety course aimed at operative operation and project activities which for example reviews the identification of safety hazards, working at heights, handling mobile installations, traffic safety, electrical installations, planning and coordination of safety work and emergency preparedness work.

Statkraft’s project manager programme has a module which covers planning and coordination of health and safety work. This is a more extensive programme which consists of both classroom instruction and web-based training.

Networks and industry associations

Statkraft is a member of several national and international networks and industry associations which follow up health and safety issues. These are important arenas where people can exchange experiences and acquire new health and safety knowledge in the utility industry. Examples of such networks and associations include:

  • Energy Norway: Energy Norway is an industry association representing about 270 Norwegian companies engaged in generation, distribution and trading of electricity. Energy Norway works actively to improve health and safety work in the Norwegian energy industry.

  • RenewableUK: RenewableUK is the leading industry association for wind power in the UK and works to develop industry guidelines for health and safety.

  • International Hydropower Association (IHA): IHA is an international organisation promoting the role of hydropower in establishing sustainable energy solutions. IHA has developed the IHA Sustainability Guidelines, which is a framework to monitor the degree of sustainability for hydropower plants, including the health and safety aspect.

  • G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association: Statkraft is one of nine companies which established G9 in 2012 and which will promote health and safety for offshore wind power.

  • National Safety Council of India: The National Safety Council has been established by the Indian government. Its task is to promote health and safety work at a national level in India.  

 

The CEO is visiting the construction site at the Devoll hydropower project in Albania. Photographer: Agim Dobi

Investigation of serious incidents

All accidents, near accidents and hazardous conditions are registered in a group-wide reporting tool. This tool allows for analysis and efficient follow-up.

Serious incidents with, or with the potential for, serious consequences, are investigated or reviewed following a fixed procedure to reveal all aspects of the incident in order to determine the direct and underlying causes. This information is summarised in a report which is followed-up by responsible unit and by the relevant board. A brief version of the report is made available throughout the organisation to enable us to learn from mistakes and avoid recurrences.

Absence due to illness

Absence due to illness in Statkraft has been stable, and was 3.0 % 2015, which is within the goal of an absence due to illness rate lower than 3.5 %. All Norwegian companies in Statkraft have entered into Inclusive workplace (IA) agreements, with active follow-up of absence and adaptation of the work as needed by the employee.