Since January 2014, the Group’s health and safety policy has set 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, in every country where EDF operates, and concerns all its own employees as well as those of subcontractors working at EDF facilities or in its offices. A Group-wide health and safety review is conducted annually.
In 2015, at the first Group-wide annual review, the major health and safety issues to be included in the CAP 2030 strategy were defined. The Group aims to eradicate fatal accidents, reduce the number of accidents and combat absenteeism. EDF group set a target to reduce its employee accident frequency rate from 3.1 in 2014 to less than 1.4 in 2020 (equal to 2.7 in 2017) and its accident frequency rate of employees and subcontractors to less than 1.8 in 2020 (equal to 3.3 in 2017). These goals for the coming years are pursued by all Group companies.
In 2016, health and safety was an integral part of the Group’s no. 2 CSR Goal, under which it will apply the best practices of industrial groups in terms of human resource development.
The Group’s employee accident frequency rate in 2017 was on par with its 2016 figure, an all-time low (number of workplace accidents involving at least one lost day, counted during the current year, per million hours worked).
Employee accident frequency rate
The accident frequency rate has fallen from 4.5 in 2010 to 2.7 in 2017.
The accident frequency rate of subcontractors was 4.0 in 2017 (3.7 in 2016, 4.1 in 2015 and 4.2 in 2014).
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
Eradicating work-related fatal accidents
This is the Group’s top priority for employees and subcontractors, a target firmly set in 2015.
In 2017, there were 15 fatal accidents at the Group: seven deaths were directly work-related. Two of these cases involved EDF group employees, and five were employees of Group subcontractors.
On top of promoting the Group’s 10 Essential Rules focused on professional risks, EDF group signed the European Road Safety Charter for safer journeys. This commitment, which featured prominently during Group Safety Week held in October 2017, reflects the Group’s efforts to prevent all risks, not only work-related risks, but also travel risks in all its forms, even personal.
Number of work-related fatal accidents
|Total number of employee and subcontractor fatalities
|of which employee fatalities
|of which subcontractor employee fatalities
Since 2014, all fatal accidents are reported immediately to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and an in-depth analysis systematically presented to the Executive Committee.
(1) Lost days are included in the year in which they occur even if the accident happened the previous year.