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Occupational health and safety


Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Enel considers the health, safety and physical and mental wellbeing of people its most valuable asset, one that must be protected at all times in life, whether at work or at home and during free time. Every person is responsible for his or her health and safety and that of those others with whom he or she interacts, and therefore commits to developing and promoting a strong safety culture wherever Enel operates in the world. The constant commitment of everyone, the integration of safety in processes and training, the reporting and analysis of near misses, the rigorous selection and management of contractors, continuous quality controls, the sharing of experience throughout the Group and comparison with the top international players are for Enel the cornerstones of the culture of safety.

Safety indices1

Safety index


* Accident that has caused the permanent or temporary disability with absence from work, falling into one of the following categories: - first prognosis, reported on the first medical certificate issued, of over 30 (calendar) days; - guarded prognosis, until the injured employee is removed from the hospital/emergency room danger list; - unknown prognosis estimated to be over 30 (calendar) days.

In 2016 the Lost Time Injuries Frequency Rate (LTIFR) and Lost Day Rate (LDR) of Enel Group employees correspond to 0.25 and 10.10 respectively. The indices related to the employees of contractors stood respectively at 0.20 (down by 34% vs. 2015) and 8.28 (down by 24% vs. 2015). In 2016 no fatal accidents involving employees of the Enel Group occured, while 5 fatal accidents involved contractors employees (4 events less than 2015).
The Policy “Classification, Communication, Analysis and Reporting of Incidents” defines the roles and the ways to guarantee the timely communication of accidental events and to ensure root cause analysis, the definition of improvement plans and their monitoring. The policy details communication and investigation modalities for events such as “near misses”, that could have resulted in severe injuries. In accordance with the aforementioned policy, all fatal and severe accidents occurred to both Enel and contractors employees (including also events which are not severe but are considered as significant) were investigated by a group of experts. Main accidents causes are related to unsafe behaviors, deficiencies in work planning, coordination and supervision. Improvement actions started after the investigation are constantly monitored and followed upon their completion.

Enel in 20163 invested over 263 million euro in safety, with an increase of around 9% vs. 2015.

Total expense for safety

In the new organizational model, the Health & Safety (H&S) Holding unit has an important oversight role, promoting also the sharing of best practices in-house and setting up a program of external benchmarking on health and safety with international top players, to identify opportunities for improvement. Alongside the Holding Function, the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Functions of the Global Business Lines provide guidance and support on health and safety issues to the business and define and monitor the implementation of improvement plans.

100% of Enel Group operational companies have implemented a health and safety management system certified according to the standard OHSAS 18001:2007, except for some recent company acquisitions or companies subject to significant organizational or business changes that may not currently hold OHSAS 18001 certification, but are actively in pursuit thereof

1 For the calculation of the LTIFR and LDR rates, reference should be made to the notes in the attachment (performance indicators).

2 The value in 2016 rose also due to the attribution of lost days following injuries that occurred in 2015.

3 For information on the annual trend see the attachment (performance indicators).

Reference SDGs: 
Main actionsTargets
Extra Checking on Site (ECoS) - planned120 in 2020

Global awareness-raising programs on prevention and health promotion

17 in the 2017-2020 period
Further reduction in LTIFR and LDR

Integration of safety into policies, processes and procedures


Dedicated initiatives to strengthen the awareness and commitment of employees and contractors to health and safety and promotion of the culture of safety

Continuous improvement of safety on-field controls and on site inspections, and investigation of all accidents and significant near misses, identifying preventive and corrective measures

Sustainability Plan 2017-2019