-25.3
%
injuries at work
8.02
Attendance index (lower compared to 2017)
0.3
Severity index (lower compared to 2017)
42,000
Hours of safety training

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.

  • Acea Elabori conducted an internal survey to assess staff competency on certain specific issues and organised courses on the chemical-cancerogenous risk for Laboratory technicians and on the road signs for the Safety Team employees performing site safety inspections
  • Acea Produzione, which has not recorded any injuries for several years, promoted training courses on fire-fighting, first aid, working at heights, confined spaces and the correct way to drive company vehicles
  • Acea Energia and Acea8cento focused on safety training for fire prevention staff, administrative personnel, supervisors and the Prevention and Protection Service Manager and Supervisor. It also set up a dedicated e-mail address to receive workplace safety reports
  • Acea Ambiente organised training courses on the topic of near misses and took part in the European Week for Safety at Work to encourage the related culture internally, focusing on the presence of hazardous substances in the work environments
  • Acea Ato 5 held courses on first aid and how to handle emergencies, risks and operational and management procedures, and the correct way to drive company vehicles obtaining certification in compliance with the new ISO 45001:2018
  • Gesesa included basic health and safety training, for first aiders and fire-fighters in particular
  • Aquaser focused its commitment on road safety: during the year, the company obtained UNI ISO 39001 - Road Traffic Safety Management System certification for handlingof road accidents and provided specific training courses for transport employees on compliance with company procedures and safety standards, as well as the correct management of emergency and hazardous situations.  

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.