Data as at 31 December 2018
Most of the Group companies have implemented OHSAS 18001 certified health and safety management systems.
Health and safety: our main events in 2018
Acea: a Cardio-protected Company
This initiative was created to safeguard the health of our employees and visitors who come to our premises every day. The project envisaged the installation, at our head office and at other company branches of 10 semi-automatic defibrillators (AED) and specific training for 30 employees on basic cardiorespiratory support and defibrillation.
Acea for prevention
The CRA, with the support of the Acea Workplace Unit, implemented a project offering employees the opportunity to receive, free of charge, certain preventive medicine services, such as annual check-ups to assess their general health, in addition to the services already envisaged in the corporate health policy. Other initiatives carried out during the year concerned a review of all Acea’s emergency procedures and plans and implementation of the anti-smoking awareness campaign “Let’s not send up our health in smoke”, run in collaboration with LILT (Italian League for the Fight Against Cancer), at which time the Group's non-smoking Regulation was introduced.
During the year various Group companies organised numerous activities, the majority of which concerned specific training courses on issues considered relevant for each individual business.
The health and safety results in statistical terms have rewarded our commitment: in 2018, the frequency and severity indices dropped, the number of injuries went down and, consequently, also the related number of days of absence. The majority of accidents occurred at the two companies operating in the sector of water services and energy distribution - Acea Ato 2 and Areti - which are physiologically more exposed to the risk of accidents due to the type of activities carried out.
The Areti training camp
The Training Camp is a dedicated structure for workplace health and safety education, information and practical training activities (ascending/descending in safety the medium and low voltage power line poles; safe access to confined underground spaces; practice in using work/safety instruments, training for emergencies in a hazardous environment, etc.). It is also where newly hired personnel acquire the basic notions on safety and where pre-employment tests are held carried out. This space is made available to operational personnel from Areti and from other Group Companies and, on request, from external companies and organisations. In 2018, we organised 130 training sessions, corresponding to 7,000 hours of theoretical and practical training. We also implemented the Pleasant Safety project, dedicated to the updating of new employer organisations that entered the company following restructuring, which provided basic safety training for operational personnel, involving 618 people.