The Group’s health and safety policy, adopted in April 2018, sets out a joint framework for the policies of the different subsidiaries and their action plans. The Group policy is applied in every company controlled by EDF group, wherever it has operations, and covers all its own employees as well as those of subcontractors working at EDF facilities or in its offices.
The Group H&S policy is based on a commitment signed by the Chairman and all members of the Executive Committee. The commitment is accom-panied by a roadmap that steers Group entities towards achieving the objectives set. In 2019, the Committee for Corporate Responsibility of the Board of Directors examined the Group’s health and safety record.
The main priority is to eliminate fatal deaths linked to business risks. Since 2014, all fatal accidents are immediately reported to the Chairman and CEO and an in-depth analysis is conducted and presented to the Executive Committee.
Number of fatal accidents linked to business risks
|Total : employees & service providers||0||7||1||7||6||12|
After a year of improvements in 2018, the Group was faced with an increase in fatal accidents in 2019, which mainly occurred during loading and unloading operations but also during work at height and electrical works.
Out of seven deaths in in 2019, three were caused by being crushed, two by electrocution, one by fall from height, and one by the fall of a crane on an employee.
Accordingly, the Executive Committee decided to ask all entities to organise a "time out" on 3 October 2019 to discuss this situation in all teams and define local action to improve the level of prevention. This initiative was led by the Group’s senior executives and also involved a large number of service providers.
Employee and service provider accident frequency rate (LTIR)
In order to have comparable data between Group entities and measure accident rates directly related to the performance of business activities, EDF uses Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR), an indicator that corresponds to the frequency rate as calculated in the main English-speaking countries. This indicator has been monitored since 2017 and, beginning in 2019, is now disclosed. The 2020 targets for the new health and safety policy are now expressed on the basis of this indicator (EDF LTIR below 1.4 and overall LTIR: EDF + service providers below 1.8).
|Employees and service providers||< 1.80|
Last Time Injury Rate (LTIR) at EDF group
Employees trained in health and safety in 2019
Developing a strong safety culture is key to making progress in the area of prevention.
|Number of employees at EDFSA trained in health and safety||57,941||64,923||62,497|
|% compared to the physical workforce||91||99||93|
Employees are encouraged to train themselves through e-learning, with three courses on offer in 2019:
- a safety culture course developed by the Safety Academy, which was completed by 15,816 employees in 2019;
- a course on preventing absenteeism (17,886 users in 2019);
- a course on preventing addiction (25,224 users in 2019).
EDF’s 2017-2019 employee profit-sharing agreement included a social criterium linked to taking an e-learning course on health and safety, which accounted for 20% of the overall profit-sharing amount. The target of 50,000 employees completing an e-learning course in 2019 was sur-passed, with 58,926 courses completed.
Employee accident severity rate
The accident severity rate corresponds to the number of calendar days lost due to workplace accidents per thousand hours worked(1).
Number of workplace accidents involving at least one lost day
(1) Lost days are included in the year in which they occur even if the accident happened the previous year.