The importance of protecting people from physical harm is enshrined in Terna’s
Code of Ethics. di Terna.
The occupational safety policy sets out its guidelines with an explicit commitment to promoting laccident prevention for all employees,
including those employed by contractors.
The system of indicators includes the "occupational safety indicator",
comprising the injury rate and the lost day rate, to which the variable remuneration of personnel in the departments concerned is linked.
At last, a specific organisational unit within the Engineering department tests safety materials and devices, assessing their reliability via strength tests under extreme conditions.
BS OHSAS 18001:2007 certified management system
This system, which covers 100% of the Company's activities and is incorporated
within the quality and environment system, is based on accurate risk assessment, with a particular focus on activities entailing electrical risk (Provisions for the Prevention of Electrical Risk).
Organisational unit responsible for safety and supervisory activities
This unit, consisting of a central team and local managers in area offices and at construction sites
(Prevention and Protection Service managers), carries out inspections of workplaces and construction sites.
The correct and complete application of the procedures is subject to inspections by
Prevention and Protection Service managers, internal compliance checks for all Terna Group companies,
and the external audits required for certification. Elected staff representatives are also present who
are responsible for verifying the application of standards (staff health and safety representatives). As regards
activities carried out by contractors, Terna conducts inspections of its own construction sites in order to verify
the correct application of accident prevention regulations by the responsible health and safety officers and contractors.
Information and training activities
All staff have access to key information regarding health and safety and innovations through various channels,
including the “Safety” section of the Company’s intranet and information meetings. In 2017, around 43,658 hours of
training were dedicated to health and safety issues, of which over 60% was aimed at blue-collar workers. The equipment at
the Viverone Training Centre (BI) enables training to be carried out on safe working practices when climbing pylons (
via the use of life-size pylons), and regarding live-line working in a controlled environment. In 2017, in collaboration with
the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, a project called "HSE Lab" was launched with the aim of developing in-company
knowledge of innovative approaches and tools to improve management and organisational skills in dealing with HSE issues.
As in previous years, in 2017 there were no fatal or grave occupational injuries suffered by the Group’s employees. Also with reference to fatal or grave injuries in years prior to the reporting period, there were no cases in which company liability was definitively determined. The total number of injuries was 24. Both the injury frequency rate and the lost-day rate showed a reduction compared to the average for the previous two-year period. The absentee rate confirmed the downward trend.