Worker protection: a key goal at power plantsHealth, safety and the long-term improvement of workplace conditions are priorities for EDF. Steps are taken within power plants to ensure maximum radiation protection of employees working in the nuclear zone.
Constant efforts to ensure health and safety and promote well-being at power plantsSafe working conditions in nuclear power plants are a priority goal for EDF. Rigorous safety organisation has resulted in a reduction of the workplace accident frequency rate.
Ten power plants are certified OHSAS 18001, the internationally recognised occupational health and safety management guideline.
EDF has also carried out pioneering work in preventing psychosocial risks.
- Since 2008, each unit has had a discussion group bringing together trade union representatives, management, human resources and medical staff. These multi-disciplinary groups are tasked with identifying risk factors and issuing recommendations for mitigating them.
- Tested within the power plants, the use of the “Life at Work” toll-free number was made available to all Group employees in 2009.
Lastly, a comprehensive programme has been set up to promote physical and psychological well-being in the workplace for all EDF employees and outside providers. A wide variety of services are offered:
- In conjunction with the medical staff, services such as massage, back pain management lessons, healthy meals and stress management are available
- More broadly, the services are designed to facilitate life at work by offering sports activities, gathering places, recreational facilities, help in finding social housing, and so on
Radiation protection, a rigorous and strictly monitored system
Protecting workers is part of EDF’s responsibility and the Group has set up optimum systems for ensuring radiation protection in power plants. In response to rigorous regulations, the range of measures is designed to limit nuclear worker exposure to ionising radiation. The annual limit is currently set at 20 mSv (millisieverts) per year. By way of comparison, the average exposure of an individual to natural radiation is 2.5 mSv.
To keep exposure of people as low as possible, EDF has set up a stringent organisation above and beyond compliance with regulations. It includes the following measures:
- Everyone working in the plant must receive radiation protection training
- Access to the nuclear zone, movement within the zone and time spent there are restricted
- Wearing protective equipment and radiation measuring devices is mandatory
- Employees are checked before, during and after work in a nuclear plant and are provided with individual medical monitoring
EDF’s commitment to radiation protection research
Set up in 2012, the Health and Energy Scientific Council
(CSSE) is made up of company employees and independent experts. It publishes information sheets on nuclear operations to help improve the circulation of information to the medical profession.
EDF also contributes to the epidemiological work done by the radiation protection and nuclear safety institute (IRSN
). The research project, called “EDF nuclear worker cohort”, analyses the risk of long-term pathologies related to chronic exposure. Its results are filed with the CNIL (national commission for data protection and liberties).
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