Safeguarding health and safety in the workplace

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The information and data presented in the section Safeguarding of health and safety in the workplace refers to: Acea SpA, Acea Reti e Servizi Energetici, Acea Distribuzione, Acea Illuminazione Pubblica, Acea Ato 2, Acea Ato 5, LaboratoRI, Acea Energia holding, Acea Energia, Acea Produzione, Umbria Energy, Acea8cento, Acque, Acque Servizi, Acque Industriali, Ingegnerie Toscane, Publiacqua, Acquedotto del Fiora, Crea Gestioni Srl, GEAL, Gesesa, Gori, Sogea, Umbra Acque ,Aquaser, Kyklos, Solemme, A.R.I.A and SAO.

 In compliance with current legislation (Italian Legislative Decree No.  81/08 as amended or added to), each Group company is directly responsible for handling safety.

The co-ordination and policy activities are the responsibility of Acea SpA which, via the Safety and Protection Division has the task of monitoring the companies with regard to application of the guidelines, the policies issued and alignment with current legislation.

A self-control safety model is operative in-house, supported by computer, which aids the Group companies with regard to the handling of each stage of the process and in particular:  in the verification of the level of compliance with legislation, the handling of the mandatory documentation, the monitoring of the deadlines, the handling of any non-compliances detected, etc..

During 2012, the Safety and Protection Division, with the collaboration of the Innovation and Communication Technology (ICT) Division, established the requirements for a further implementation of the applications of the IT model, foreseeing the possibility of handling the information and data associated with safety both in a way directly referable to the workers (risk profile, training, individuals protection gear, etc.) and in relation to the workplaces.

 Furthermore, Acea SpA - already in possession of certified Quality and Safety management systems (UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 and OHSAS 18001:2007), during 2012 launched the process for the integration of the two systems with the integrated review of the manual, whose issue took place at year end.

In conclusion, in December the parent company adopted the new Quality, Environment, Safety and Energy Policy, extended to all the Group companies, the first step towards the total integration of the company management systems (see Corporate Identity, Corporate governance and management systems).

 With regard to the process for assessing the risks for workers and the monitoring of accidents, each company takes steps according the current legislation, drawing up the Risk Assessment Document (DVR). Following these independent activities, the Safety and Protection Division, annually and at centralised level, draws up the accident report for the Group companies with the intention of providing a useful informative contribution towards the prevention of risks in the work sphere. The procedure used to analyze accidents complies with the Guidelines for Classifying Accidents, drafted by Federutility and in compliance with the UNI 7249/95 standard, in relation to INAIL parameters and the ESAW (European Statistics of Accidents at Work) indications.

During 2012, the figures relating to accidents disclosed lower values with respect to the previous two years: on the whole during the year, 268 accidents were reported, 52 of which in itinere (in other words while travelling to/from work/home), which led to 9,947 days of absence due to accidents. The figures relating to the frequency and severity indices also reported lower values with respect to 2011 (see chart No. 28).

 With regard to the breakdown of the accidents by gender, during 2012, 255 accident events (equal to 95% of the total) involved male resources, mainly blue-collars, and 13 (equal to 5%) female workers, all of which white-collar/administrative staff.

Observing the breakdown of accidents by company grouped together by business area, in general we can see a decrease in accidents, with respect to 2011, in the networks, energy and environment areas, stability in the water area and a slight increase in the corporate and services area (see the figures in chart No. 27). The majority of accidents occurred in Acea Ato 2 (63 accidents) and Acea Distribuzione (46 accidents), the two Group operating companies inherently more exposed to the risk of accident due to the type of work carried out.

In 2012, as already mentioned, the new  Workers’ Safety Representatives (RLS) were appointed, to whom current legislation grants powers of intervention, and related responsibilities, on the risk assessment and prevention system. The appointment became effective as from 1 September and the duration of the office of the RLS is envisaged as 3 years with forfeiture at the end of the period. The advisory meetings with Workers’ Safety Representatives (RLS) were held regularly, thereby ensuring the involvement of the workers, in accordance with the matters envisaged by Article  35 of Italian Legislative Decree No. 81/08.

 Chart No. 27 - BREAKDOWN OF ACCIDENTS BY BUSINESS AREA (2011-2012)

Chart No. 27 - BREAKDOWN OF ACCIDENTS BY BUSINESS AREA (2011-2012)

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NB: The water sector includes 14 companies, the networks area 3, the energy area 5, the waste management area 5 and the corporate and services area 2.

Chart No. 28 – INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AND FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY INDEXES (2010-2012)

Chart No. 28– INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AND FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY INDEXES (2010-2012)

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(*) with regard to the companies Acque, Acque Industriali, Acque Servizi and Crea Gestioni the figure for the hours worked is the result of estimation.
(**) during 2012, there was one demise which occurred within Acque Servizi, not shown in the table since it is still being ascertained by INAIL, which, if recognised, will equate to 7,500 conventional days of absence and would take the severity index to 1.40.
Acea sets itself the objective, also beyond legislative fulfilments, of increasingly raising the awareness of the human resources with regard to safety aspects by means of the disclosure of procedures, documents and legislative updates on the company intranet and the provision of specific training courses. The corporate purpose is in fact to manage to create greater awareness and a growing and widespread safety culture as an integral part of the organisation (also see Training and development of the human resources).

Health monitoring

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The information and data presented in the section Health monitoring refers to: Acea SpA, Acea Reti e Servizi Energetici, Acea Distribuzione, Acea Ato 2, LaboratoRI, Acea Energia holding, Acea Energia, Acea Produzione, Acea8cento, Aquaser, Solemme, A.R.I.A., SAO, Acea Servizi Acqua, Crea Gestioni, Ecogena.

 

Health monitoring activities are seen to by an internal structure which operates in compliance with current legislation (Article 41 of Italian Legislative Decree No. 81/08) and cooperating with outside experts. The health of the human resources is in fact monitored with the support of competent health professionals, formally appointed, who subject the employees to the following types of check-up:

  • pre-employment;
  • preventive or following changes in duties;
  • periodic, on the basis of the risk assessment plan;
  • upon the request of the worker;
  • in the event of termination of the employment relationship, if envisaged by legislation;
  • prior to resuming work, following absence due to health reasons for a period longer than sixty consecutive days.

Furthermore, workers exposed to specific risks are guaranteed a targeted plan of medical check-ups.

Within the sphere of activities for safeguarding the psychological and physical health of workers,  qualified doctors cooperate with employers and Protection and Prevention Service Officers to assess the risks to which employees are exposed, necessary for drawing up the relative health monitoring plan.

During 2012, 1,935 check-ups were carried out; the relative costs83 amounted to around Euro 187 thousand.

The presence and activities of a First Aid medical centre also guarantee company employees and visitors first aid in the event of ailments not requiring hospital treatment.

83The costs relating to periodic and pre-employment check-ups refer to the reporting boundaries of the section.