Preventive health and safety work
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. Clear requirements and guidelines, health and safety awareness in all situations and close follow-up in both operating and project activities are important elements of the effort to achieve good health and safety performance.
Statkraft's safety culture
Statkraft’s goal is zero work-related injuries. This is a logical, yet ambitious goal. In order to reach this goal, Statkraft is working systematically to establish a safety culture based on transparency and a desire to learn, both from own mistakes and from good planning and successful improvement measures.
The identification and assessment of safety risks before all activities is a fundamental requirement, and work must be planned to ensure safe execution. All accidents, near-misses and hazardous conditions are therefore recorded and followed up in a consistent and structured manner, and sharing of lessons learned and experiences across the organisation is encouraged. Statkraft’s management and follow-up of health and safety work are based on the requirements in the OHSAS 18001 standard and international good practice, and the same requirements apply in all activities.
The injury frequency for our own employees and contractors in both regular operations and projects is included as an indicator in the Group's score card, which is followed up monthly by the Group management and Statkraft’s board of directors.
Health and safety expertise
All 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 on Statkraft's safety culture and work, which is available to all employees.
There is furthermore a more extensive web-based health and safety course aimed at operative operation and project activities which e.g. 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.
Example from Statkraft’s web-based health and safety course
Training is also given in specific health and safety topics as required. Examples of such topics include investigation of serious incidents, operation of electrical installations and first aid courses.
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, acquire updated knowledge, and information about health and safety in the energy 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 the 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 (through SN Power): The National Safety Council has been established by the Indian government with a mission to promote health and safety work at the national level in India.
Focus on health and safety
Statkraft works in a goal-oriented manner to clarify requirements and maintain close follow-up of health and safety work. In the following we will present a few examples of such follow-up and improvement activities in 2014.
- The Cetin HSE Academy was established in 2014 in connection with the Cetin development project in Turkey. The Cetin HSE Academy is a facility where everyone scheduled to work in the project will be provided with safety training in line with their area of responsibility. One important purpose of this facility is to raise awareness concerning health and safety work. Training will also be provided to better handle situations with a risk potential. There will be an opportunity to train for a long list of risk activities, such as working at heights, blasting work, scaffolding work, work on live electrical installations and tunnel work. This facility is a milestone as regards preventive safety work.
- An extensive improvement programme, Optimum, is under way in the Power Generation business area. 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 and securing a sustainable corporate culture within these areas.
- The Wind Power business unit 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. "GP Good Practice Guidelines" were published in December 2014. Work of this nature is important in order to reduce risk at heights as much as possible, and to incorporate new expertise in further project development.
HSE is in focus when maintenance work is performed on one
of the new offshore windmills at the Sheringham Shoal field.
Investigation of serious incidents
All accidents, near-misses and unsafe conditions are registered in a group-wide follow-up and analysis tool. This tool allows us to analyse and efficiently follow up incidents.
Serious incidents with, or with a potential for, serious consequences are investigated according to a fixed procedure in order to fully understand the course of events. The investigation is summarised in a report which describes the detailed course of events, causal links and implemented short and long-term measures. The investigation report is followed up by the responsible unit, as well as the relevant boards. A brief version of the investigation 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 2.8% 2014, which is within the goal of an absence due to illness rate lower than 3.5%. All Norwegian companies in the Group have entered into Inclusive Workplace (IA) agreements, with active follow-up of absence and adaptation of the work as needed by the employee.