Electricity industry highlights engagement as key to safety success

For immediate release – Thursday 16 April 2015 

The electricity industry’s 26th annual Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Management Conference has this week heard how safety must be priority number one throughout every level of the business.

At the conference in Bristol, organised by Energy Networks Association, speakers from across the sector advocated the vital role of leadership in addressing the evolving nature of safety in an industry with many dangers. The health and wellbeing of the workforce was also recognised as a major focus area for businesses.

Robert Symons, Chief Executive of the conference co-hosts Western Power Distribution said:

"There is no higher priority than the safety of our staff, contractors and the general public who could be affected by our works. Risks are always with us in our working lives and it is how we deal with those risks, both as individuals and as a business that will ensure our safe return from work at the end of every day."

Jane Willis, Director of Cross-cutting Interventions at the Health and Safety Executive spoke about the evolution of their role and the new approaches taken:

"Looking back over the 40 years since HSE was first established the organisation has certainly changed, but our commitment to being an effective regulator and reducing injury and ill-health at work has not. We are proud of our reputation as a world-class regulator and know that we have to continue to evolve as an organisation to ensure we remain fit for purpose for the next 40 years.

"For Britain to continue to be one of the safest and healthiest places to work in the world, we need to continuously improve and modernise our approaches to ensure they are appropriate and efficient, whilst maintaining the high standards of protection."

Garry Graham, Deputy General Secretary of Prospect said:

"This conference is an opportunity to celebrate what we do well and identify what we can do better. Our experience has shown that by employers, trade unions and the Health and Safety Executive working in partnership that real progress can be made- and supporting the highest standards of health and safety is not only a moral imperative but good business sense.

"We ask our people to do extraordinary things, sometimes in the most difficult of circumstances to bring heat and light to homes, hospitals, schools and businesses across the UK. There is no more noble an ambition than to ensure we achieve that objective and ensure that staff return from work safe and well every day."

ENDS

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