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Powering Improvement

Powering Improvement is the joint health and safety strategy between ENA and Energy UK members, trade unions and the Health and Safety Executive.

The health and safety of the public we serve and the workforce that maintains and operates the networks is a core consideration for the energy networks. Through a number of joint strategies, initiatives and advisory bodies, we support energy network employees in carrying out their work in a safe and healthy manner.

Powering Improvement is designed to promote continuous improvement in safety and occupational health in the energy networks, retail and generation sectors and is the UK Electricity Industry Health and Safety Strategy. 

The main objective of Powering Improvement is to to cut days lost to work-related injury and ill-health in line with the government’s targets. The plan progresses in three phases (2010-2015, 2015-2020 and 2020-2025) and has three overarching themes running throughout its duration:

  • Leadership
  • Improving competence
  • Worker involvement

To maintain momentum throughout the three main phases, Powering Improvement focuses each year on a core health and safety theme identified as a priority area for our sector:

Phase 1

  • 2010 Leadership
  • 2011 Occupational health and wellbeing
  • 2012 Asset management and maintenance
  • 2013 Behavioural safety and personal responsibility
  • 2014 Beyond 2015 

Phase 2

  • 2015 Working with contractors
  • 2016 Managing occupational ill health risks
  • 2017 Asset management
  • 2018 Human and organisational factors
  • 2019 Beyond 2020

Phase 3

  • 2020 Occupational health and mental wellbeing
  • 2021 & 2022 occupational ill health, mental wellbeing and COVID-19
  • 2023 Promoting a positive health and safety culture 

Visit our Powering Improvement website for the health and safety strategy, and includes the Occupational Health Roadmap tool and other collective guidance material.

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