Electricity Industry Health and Safety Initiative Recognised at National Conference

For Immediate Release: 19/09/2017
 
The electricity industry’s successful Powering Improvement health and safety initiative has been held up as an example of best practice at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) national conference in London (18th September). 
 
The Powering Improvement (PI) initiative brings together electricity companies, trade unions and HSE in a collaborative effort to deliver the highest standards in health and safety performance. PI provides a line of sight between the industry’s interventions and the GB Health and Safety Strategy.
 
Following on from a 2016 theme focusing on Occupational Health, PI launched an Occupational Health Roadmap earlier this year; a free online tool to provide interested parties with resources and information to help manage occupational ill health, as part of the industry wide effort to deliver world leading health and safety performance. The interactive online repository allows anyone to browse, learn, and gain best practice and advice on successful initiatives to tackle occupational ill health risk. It covers all aspects of a successful approach to occupational ill health management, including physical and mental health issues.
 
The Occupational Health Roadmap was promoted at the HSE National Conference as a case study, demonstrating best practice in collaborating on health and safety strategy and focussing on the vital importance of employee health and wellbeing at work. The Powering Improvement Strategy has also received recognition in HSE’s ‘Helping Britain Work Well’ initiative for  providing an overarching framework of support to individual company programmes and proving effective in helping achieve the further step change required in the drive towards leading performance.
 
ENA Chief Executive David Smith said: 
 
“As an industry we make the safety of the workforce and the public a top priority. It is important that we approach the health of employees in the same way, because everyone has the right to come home safe and healthy after a day at work.
 
“The electricity industry has always considered close co-operation with HSE as a crucial part of an effective health and safety strategy. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with HSE and supporting the important "Helping Great Britain Work Well” strategy and the new Go Home Healthy campaign.”
 
ENDS 
 
Notes for Editors 
• Energy Networks Association is the voice of the networks, representing the UK’s gas and electricity transmission and distribution networks. 
• The Occupational Health Roadmap is available at www.poweringimprovement.org 
• For further information please contact: 
 
Matthew Pringle 
Press and Public Affairs Officer 
Energy Networks Association 
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