The careful handling of health and safety in the workplace is one of the consolidated values of our way of doing business. For this reason, as well as being included in the Code of Ethics, it is referred to in the Group's other policy documents, such as the Sustainability Policy and the HSE Policies.

In 2018 we continued the process of reviewing and harmonising the safety procedures of the various technologies, implementing a series of activities to protect the health and safety of workers.
    The first initiatives concerned the reference standards and monitoring processes. In particular, in light of the new ONE Company structure, we launched a process of simplifying and harmonising all certified OHSAS 18001 procedures, consolidated over time in the various Group companies, bringing them into line with the new 2015 standard. By the end of 2020 we will replace the current certification with the new ISO 45001 standard certification.
    Monitoring the key performance indicators (KPI) is crucial for constantly stimulating the organisation towards the realisation of the "zero accident" goal. This is why the system for checking the performances with regard to safety and environment has been combined and aligned for all the Group companies through common definitions, KPI, analysis and reporting methods as well as standard criteria for handling and analysing the accidents.

    We have also enhanced the checking activities by means of a Programme of Internal Audits to be implemented, thanks to "transversal" teams, on all the company entities. In this way, we have fostered the exchange of knowledge and interaction between different operating areas and the systematic analysis of the results, thanks to which it is possible to improve the working conditions of our people while protecting our assets.
    We believe that our staff's awareness and active participation is essential for the implementation of our principles. With regard to near misses it is very important to promote a safety culture based on prevention because it helps to protect people and the environment. For this reason, we have decided to incentivise and strengthen the process used by employees and third-party companies who operate at our sites to report near misses: in fact, by closely analysing each report we can trace the causes and assess whether there are similar situations elsewhere in our plants.

    Even if our respect and monitoring of operating procedures remains high at all times, in 2018 four Italian employees suffered injuries - all of which during wind farm maintenance activities - due to behavioural issues rather than unsafe equipment or plants.

    The Group's HSE units assessed the events and took suitable action to prevent a repeat of the accidents. The analyses not only concerned the specific site of the accident but also all the areas of the plants affected so as to extend the effects of the prevention action as far as possible.
    We believe that the safety culture must not be cultivated within the Group alone, but must also be spread among external parties that come and work care of our sites. Accordingly, we have directly involved our contractors in classroom-based awareness raising activities in order to promote the safety culture and share our approach.

    We have also reviewed the company documents which regulate dealings with suppliers to emphasise the technical-documental checks on the requisites of contractors before they start work.

    Finally, we have implemented a last-minute risk analysis process which involves - when activities actually get underway and under our coordination - an additional examination of the work areas in order to confirm or adapt the risk assessment performed previously. This final moment is formalised on-site between our representatives and those of the contracting company.

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During the year, our Group's HSE Organisational Units carried out many on-site checks to monitor the compliance of third party companies with Health, Workplace Safety and Environment principles and regulations. In addition, the standards set by the OHSAS system help monitor workplaces and processes.

In 2018, 86 controls comprising on-site audits and specific checks were carried out at the ERG Power plant with a very low rate of nonconformities recorded among third party companies (approx. 8% of HSE audits).

At the Hydroelectric Complex 47 on-site HSE audits were carried out on contractors: nonconformities mainly regarding documentation were discovered in 50% of cases. In addition, 40 Safety Walks & Talks were held: discussions on site with suppliers on operating procedures, analysing on-site activities in order to identify "unsafe conditions" and relative improvement actions.

Working together with contractors to manage health and safety aspects is imperative for ERG and an important part of its continuous improvement process, a value to promote not only through the instruments for monitoring the activities of contractors but also through the exemplary conduct of our personnel, awareness-raising and training tools and the active involvement of all workers.

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Safety First 2016

Once again this year, we have organised a competition with prizes for all ERG Renew O&M people with the aim of raising everyone's awareness about issues related to health and safety at work.

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