Electricity Industry Conference Promotes Importance of Health and Safety in a Changing Energy System

The annual Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Management Conference has gathered in Birmingham this week, to promote safety, health and environment as vital priorities for the electricity industry and address key issues to continue to drive improved performance in the sector.

The conference, organised by Energy Networks Association (ENA), seeks to foster co-operation between industry stakeholders and promote best practice in managing safety, health and environment challenges.

This year senior speakers from across the sector will focus attention on asset management as the annual theme for the industry’s ground-breaking Powering Improvement health and safety initiative.

Speakers will highlight the importance of an organisation's approach to the proper management and maintenance of its physical assets and any implications for the health and safety of workers with renewed focus in light of the progression towards smarter networks and new technologies.

Speaking ahead of the conference, ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:

“The electricity industry has a strong record of delivering improved performance, and crucially we have delivered networks that are safer to operate, safer for our employees and safer for the customers that we serve.

The SHE Conference demonstrates the collaboration between companies, employees and the Health and Safety Executive which has been at the heart of that successful approach.

As the electricity system evolves and becomes smarter, it is imperative that we apply the fundamental health and safety principles that are embedded within our businesses and encapsulated by Powering Improvement as the industry adapts to new ways of operating and working with new technologies and equipment.”

Jon Butterworth, Chief Operating Officer and Group Health, Safety and Environment Director at National Grid said, “Safety professionals often don’t know when the work they are responsible for and the processes they have put in place have saved someone’s life or improved employee health and well-being. SHE conference is an opportunity to recognise the vitally important work that is being carried out in partnership across the sector, which often goes unrecognised.”

Mike Clancy, keynote speaker and General Secretary of the union Prospect said:

‘There are no sides in the delivery of a safe and healthy working environment. It is a joint endeavour. However, organisational culture and behaviour establishes the platform for well- being and safety. We face a period of rapid change in society and at work. Organisations that listen to employee voice in all its forms, will be those most likely to be known for good work and improved productivity.’

Director of HSE’s engagement and policy division and keynote speaker Selvin Brown said: “I’ll be using my speech to personally thank ENA for the strong commitment they have made with the Powering Improvement Strategy. I will however be asking delegates attending the conference, what more they are doing to help Great Britain work well?

“I want people to fully consider the implications of HSE’s new Health and Work Strategy and the fact that tackling ill-health is where the biggest contribution to Britain’s wellbeing and prosperity can be made. To that end I want people to consider picking up one or more of the six HSE Strategy Themes I’ll be speaking about and commit to helping GB Work Well.”

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Notes for Editors

 

•           ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

•           Further information on the Powering Improvement initiative is available at www.poweringimprovement.org.

 

For additional information contact:

Matthew Pringle

Press and Public Affairs Officer

Energy Networks Association

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