Safety above all
TAURON pays great attention to safety as our sustainable development motto imparts: “Our energy - your safety”
TAURON pays great attention to safety as our sustainable development motto imparts: “Our energy – your safety”. This is equally applicable to employee safety. The magnitude of the challenge we face every day to provide every one of our employees with a safe workplace is best illustrated by the TAURON Group’s total headcount exceeding 24 thousand employees.
The TAURON Group does not have one single occupational health and safety applicable to all its member companies as its operating segments are highly diverse. Each company has its own specific occupational health and safety regulations compliant with the applicable legal regulations. Companies’ occupational health and safety regulations are aligned to their specific activities.
The generation segment, namely, TAURON Wydobycie, TAURON Wytwarzanie, TAURON Ciepło, KW Czatkowice and TAURON Ekoenergia treat employee life and limb with great care as demonstrated by their extensive security systems coupled with conducting inspections of the overall working conditions and compliance with health and safety rules and regulations at individual positions.
The most important documents regulating occupational health and safety issues include the Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Management System in TAURON Wydobycie, the Health and Safety Management Procedures in TAURON Ciepło and the Quality, Environmental Protection and Occupational Safety Policy in TAURON Wytwarzanie. The employees of these companies go through regular training (general instructions, on-the-job training and regular refresher training) applicable to their trades in their organisational units. Training certificates are attached to employees’ personnel records.
Raising employee awareness is an important element in the promotion of health and safety rules, mainly through dedicated training during meetings and workshops and interactive e-learning. Since employees are best positioned to proliferate safe work conduct, our companies organise internal training, information campaigns and health and safety knowledge contests offering attractive prizes.
Raising employee awareness is an important element in the promotion of health and safety rules, mainly through dedicated training during meetings and workshops and interactive e-learning.
In 2015 the “Be safe at work” health and safety campaign was run for the second time. Its target group consisted of blue and white-collar workers and managers as best practice ambassadors. This campaign launched during “Health Days” included two topical blocks with employee information packs (a booklet on the occupational environment, a series of mini-lectures entitled “2 minutes for your safety” on various occupational environment factors, newsletters presenting information on ergonomic computer jobs, a series of mini-lectures entitled “2 minutes for your safety” on fire protection,
labels describing how to act in case of a fire; magnets with the most important emergency phone numbers). In addition, Tauronet displays health and safety information and materials. The “Be safe at work” quiz was the main element in this health and safety campaign. Its aim was not only to improve occupational safety but also to raise employee awareness on how to apply health and safety rules and regulations on the job and for employees to write better rules to contain occupational hazards and to become better acquainted with the best methods of eliminating them.
The objective of this annual quiz run in the various branches of TAURON Wytwarzanie is to enhance occupational safety by expanding employee knowledge on general health and safety rules and regulations, including the detailed rules and regulations in the operation of power equipment, basic legal regulations on labour protection, general fire prevention regulations and first aid. This quiz is also a preliminary event to qualify for the Power Sector’s National Health and Safety Quiz. The company’s top three winners receive cash prizes and automatically qualify to participate in the national quiz.
In 2015 Group companies recorded 183 accidents, up 16 from the previous year as a result of more accidents in TAURON Wydobycie caused by tectonic movements in the Janina mine in Libiąż. However, what is important is that none of these accidents was severe. The Group did not record any fatalities in 2015.
The aim of this programme for employees of the Janina mine in Libiąż is to prevent work accidents caused by human error by inspiring people to change their attitudes, popularising occupational safety, taking responsibility for protecting life and limb and highlighting the tragic consequences of irresponsible and improper conduct based on information concerning work accidents and their aftermath. This initiative strove to encourage employees to raise their culture of safety by following the basic principle of “ZERO tolerance for dangerous conduct and unnecessary risk and ONE HUNDRED% accountability for enforcing the rules of working safely”.
In this campaign under the “Don’t run yourself over…!” slogan instruction videos were prepared on basic safety rules when operating machinery and equipment because many mine accidents occur when operating machinery and equipment, especially coal haulage, crossing belt conveyors and riding on belt conveyors not intended for people. For this reason we published a booklet on the basic rules and regulations for operating machinery and equipment and distributed it to all the belt conveyor operators working in the Janina mine. We also prepared posters to illustrate the hazards machinery and belt conveyor operators face and the effects of failing to comply with health and Safety regulations.
Subcontractors suffered 40 work accidents in 2015, including one severe injury and five fatalities.
Compared to the previous year, the incidence of occupational diseases diagnosed in TAURON Group employees remained constant at 0.04 (calculated as the number of cases of occupational diseases x 1,000 divided by average headcount).
|TAURON Polska Energia S.A.||Kopalnia Wapienia Czatkowice||TAURON
Ciepło Sp. z o.o.
|TAURON Obsługa Klienta Sp. z o.o.||TAURON
Sprzedaż Sp. z o.o.
GZE Sp. z o.o.
|Biomasa Grupa TAURON||TOTAL|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF ALL ACCIDENTS||0||3||9||5||66||6||9||3||0||57||16||8||1||183|
|NUMBER OF FATAL ACCIDENTS AT WORK||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|NUMBER OF LIGHT ACCIDENTS AT WORK||0||3||9||5||66||6||9||3||0||56||16||8||1||182|
|NUMBER OF SEVERE ACCIDENTS AT WORK||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|NUMBER OF MASS ACCIDENTS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|ACCIDENT INCIDENCE RATE
Accident frequency = (number of accidents at work x 1000 ) / Average number of employees at the end of the reported period
|ACCIDENT SEVERITY INCIDENCE
Accident severity incidence = Total number of days of inability to work of employees injured in work accidents (lost days rate) / Number of persons injured in work accidents (net of fatalities)
Accident severity = Total number of days of inability to work of employees injured in accidents at work (lost days rate) / Number of persons injured in accidents at work ( excluding persons injured in fatal accidents)
In the TAURON Group safety refers not only to production workers but also to office staff. That is why we also promote occupational health and safety in TAURON Sprzedaż and TAURON Obsługa Klienta. In 2015 TAURON Sprzedaż and TAURON Sprzedaż GZE delivered first aid training to teach their employees the basics of first aid. Classes were held in three locations: Kraków, Gliwice and Wrocław. 271 employees participated. TAURON Obsługa Klienta promoted safety by publishing a series of articles on safety in its company magazine called Nasze Forum (Our Forum). Two of the topics covered were fire evacuation routes and guidelines on how to have a safe holiday.
Best practice – Preventive programme to enhance health and safety in electricity distributionexpand
The programme was initiated by the Regional Labour Inspectorate in Katowice and run in the TAURON Dystrybucja Branch in Gliwice. This practice applies to subcontractors working on power equipment for TAURON Dystrybucja.
Its overriding goal is to diagnose working conditions and monitor to what extent third party company employees adhere to health and safety rules and commit them to improve the topics identified during the audit. The topfliers with the lowest number of errors that implemented all the audit findings received diplomas from the State Labour Inspectorate.
Health and safety rules apply to all persons on the TAURON Group’s premises. Third party companies working for Group companies are bound to observe the applicable procedures, including employee health and safety rules and regulations. Third party company employees (contractors and subcontractors) are also required to hold valid medical tests, relevant qualifications and licenses to do their jobs. Some TAURON companies (particularly those whose working conditions are particularly hazardous) apply additional requirements and require third parties to submit to additional training.
In 2015, all contractor and subcontractor employees working for TAURON Dystrybucja Pomiary for the first time were trained on work safety rules and regulations, hazards to life and limb, onsite occupational risks and preventive and protective measures to mitigate or eliminate hazards to life and limb. The requirements applicable to contractors and subcontractors form part of their purchase orders and contracts.
Pursuant to the rules for engaging third party companies, TAURON Wytwarzanie trains their surveillance staff on occupational health and safety hazards.
Contractors are bound to train their staff members performing engagements on the occupational health and safety hazards in a given site and to advise them of the company’s internal rules and regulations.
TAURON Wydobycie requires third party staff members engaged in mine maintenance to take regular training courses on mine hazards. Their employers must also deliver weekly health and safety training and introduce them to a document entitled Employee Safety and Health Protection. Inspections and audits are used to monitor their observance.
In TAURON Dystrybucja all subcontractor employees working on power equipment take general health and safety instruction and prior to being allowed to work they receive specific job instructions relating to preparation, ambient hazards and how work should be organised and done. Instructions are given according to the rules and are subject to written confirmation by each subcontractor employee.
The table below presents the percentage of third party employees trained. Other Group companies (not included in the table) do not keep such records.
|Percentage of employees hired by contractors and subcontractors who have passed health and safety training||100%||14%||96%|