In 2010 there were significant innovations:

  • Ternai voluntarily submitted the new edition of the DPRET for external assessment by the I.N.R.I.M. (National Institute of Metrological Research), a scientific institute under the Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research, which issued its positive opinion in September;
  • As far as the Operating Instruction “Climbing towers and off-the-ground aid on HV electric lines” is concerned, Terna asked INAIL, the National Institute for Aid for Occupational Injuries to recognize the Company’s “good practice”, through which the Operating Instruction will also become the benchmark for the external compliance checks performed by the supervisory authorities, including those regarding contractors.  
  • intense supervisory activity: The correct and complete application of the procedures is subject to inspections by the RSPP (two a year in their respective AOTs) and internal compliance checks on all the Local Operating Areas, as well as the constant supervision of employers. The external checks required for the confirmation of certification increase diligence regarding safety issues and the observation of behavioral rules, as do the elected representatives of the employees entrusted with checking the application of the regulations. In 2010, the Company finished the construction-site monitoring begun in 2009, which concerned the most important construction sites – about 100 in all – where work was being done on behalf of Terna. Performed with the assistance of a specialist external company, the monitoring aimed to ensure full compliance with the formal and substantial requirements regarding safety and to produce monitoring reports useful for improving the system and ensuring that it is in keeping with the managerial best practices found.
  • intensive and continual information and training. The annual training program always includes programs at the general corporate level and specific supplementary ones at the local level, based on risk analysis. In particular, equipment at the Viverone Training Center, in Turin province, enables the Company to train workers to safely climb towers (through the use of full-size training towers) and to perform live work in a controlled environment. Constant commitment to informing and training employees about safety aims to ensure that they are familiar with the risks and with the systems of prevention, but above all to disseminate the values of safety to ensure that they make informed choices when they act. In 2010 the Company completed the 2009-2010 Activity Plan promoted by the corporate Safety Department in cooperation with the Human Resources Department to apply the updates provided for by Consolidation Act 81/2008.  Finally, in 2010 the Company began to train all employees involved in applying the new Instructions for the Prevention of Electrical Risk (DPRET).     
  • the inclusion of performance objectives regarding occupational safety in the system of indicators to which the variable compensation of the departments concerned – Corporate Safety, Human Resources and Organization, and Plant Maintenancei – is linked, in particular the objective of improving the safety level, which aims to reduce injuries through an “occupational-safety index” consisting of the injury rate and the lost-day rate, measured at the level of Terna’s single Operating Areas    
  • applied research: A specific organizational unit of the Engineering Department experiments with safety materials and devices, testing their reliability through resistance trials in extreme conditions.   
  • concern for safety conditions with regard to the contractors that perform work on construction sites on behalf of Terna . The protective measures introduced or strengthened by Legislative Decree 81/08 in contract work to construct overhead lines and electric stations require, among other things, a declaration that all the personnel on the construction site has been informed about and trained in the use of the individual protection devices and the risks established in the Construction-site Safety Plan (PSC) and the Operating Security Plan (POS) prepared by the companies.
For several roles – e.g., workers assigned to the mounting and maintenance of lines, cutting vegetation, and painting, construction-site and squad foremen, and safety heads – Terna requires additional certification that they have received between 24 and 32 hours of training for their roles designed in cooperation with training institutes specialized in the field of electricity and SINCERT-certified.   
Finally, during the supplier qualification process, Terna requires that candidate companies have documented procedures for protecting the health and safety of workers. In particular, for companies in categories considered most significant with regard to safety and the environment must fill out a detailed questionnaire regarding specific organizational and procedural elements and aspects capable of ensuring good management practices in addition to compliance with all provisions of the law.   

In addition to the activities mentioned so far, in 2010 the Company continued the “Analysis of the context and identification of the incentives capable of fostering safe occupational behavior” project. Started in 2009, this project aims to enable the Company to learn about its employees’ opinions and sensations regarding safety. The investigation was carried out through anonymous interviews in 5 local areas so as to ensure significance both from the geographical point of view and in terms of the coverage of technical roles. The sample of 146 employees constitutes 48% of the personnel with the positions considered in the 5 areas. The analysis regarded both the context and the nature of the work and showed that employees are aware of the Company’s investment in the values of safety. Training, meetings, and the possibility of sharing results are considered positive and encouraged by employees. In the light of the results achieved by the project, the
Company decided to continue the survey in 2011, doubling the sample and covering all the remaining geographical areas in which Terna operates.

With regard to work-connected stress, an Operating Instruction was developed that provides guidelines for detecting and analyzing stressful conditions not only through objective corporate indicators, but also by considering the individual and social aspects of employees. In the analysis of the objective aspects, an appropriate checklist was used to allow the risk level to be quantified according to a low/medium/high parametric scale.  

Also in 2010:  
  • The Company’s OHSAS 18001 certification was confirmed.
  • In compliance with the law, the RSPP and the AOT heads performed 130 inspections and the competent doctor made about 281 visits to work places.
  • Five internal audits were performed at the local level, with each of them involving three auditors for three days.
  • Periodical preventive medical examinations were also performed for atypical workers, as provided for by Legislative Decree 81/08.
  • There were 49,222 hours of training on safety.

HOURS OF TRAINING ON WORKERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY

  2010 2009 2008 (1)
Senior executives
175 232 207
Junior executives
3,897 2,781 3,122
White-collar workers 20,265 18,781 28,265
Blue-collar workers 24,885 24,743 38,875
Total 49,222 46,537 70,469

(1) The numbers regard Italy. Given the scarce incidence of the Brazilian subsidiary’s personnel (5.6% in 2008), the Italian numbers for 2008 are representative of the Group’s situation.

The number of hours of training on safety increased with respect to 2009 (+ 6%).

In 2008 the large number of hours of training for white- and blue-collar workers was connected with the necessity of informing all those concerned about the changes made in the DPRET (Document on the Prevention of Electrical Risk at Terna) following the introduction of new technical standards. In 2010, a new information campaign on the DPRET was launched in consequence of the implementation of Decree 81/2008 and additional regulatory revisions. The courses will take place mainly in the first half of 2011.