Occupational health and safety

Man at workTerna’s commitment to safety should be seen in the context of the current regulations. Revised in 2008 by Legislative Decree 81/2008 (“Consolidation Act regarding the safeguard of occupational health and safety”), Italian legislation on safety is among the most stringent in Europe. The obligations for companies regard many aspects: training, risk analysis, identification of the chain of responsibility beginning with the employer, protection procedures and devices, and monitoring of activities, including those entrusted to contractors and subcontractors. One of the most important obligations is to perform an analytic assessment of regarding the health and safety of workers. This assessment must regard not only the specific risks of the single activities, but especially those deriving from the interference of the works carried out by contractors and subcontractors for all the activities that make up the work process of the construction site. The costs for eliminating or attenuating the risks are excluded from the price competition for the award of contracts.       

In this situation, Terna’s emphasizes the following points regarding occupational safety:

  • clear safety-policy guidelines: The importance of protecting people from physical harm is stated in Terna’s Code of Ethicsi, which identifies the essential principles that everyone, at the different organizational levels, must observe so that policies, procedures, technologies, and knowledge contribute to the awareness and prevention of risks. The Company’s Occupational Safety Policy specifies the guidelines of the Code of Ethics. The Company also expresses its commitment to promoting the prevention of injuries for all employees, including those of contractors;    
  • a safety & security portal on the corporate intranet containing an up-to-date and complete file of legislation regarding occupational safety;      
  • an organizational unit responsible for safety, with the corporate Safety Department in charge nationally and heads in the local offices (AOT heads, heads of Safety, Prevention, and Protection) and on construction sites. The unit also performs direct inspections of work places and construction sites;       
  • an OHSAS 18001-certified management system (certification obtained in 2007 and confirmed in 2010, covering 100% of the Company’s activities). The system is integrated with the quality-and-environment one and is based on scrupulous risk mapping. The Risk Assessment Document prepared by the employer and the Head of Safety, Prevention, and Protection and examined by the competent doctor shows the seriousness and probability of occurrence of specific risky events for each role and activity performed by Terna’s employees. The management system consists in a methodical and detailed collection of Operating Procedures and Instructions on all the activities regarding safety (training, work methods, use of individual safety devices), with greater detail for the activities that entail electrical risk (Instructions for the Prevention of Electrical Risk – DPRET) and work high above the ground (methods of climbing towers).