Main 2011 activities

Construction-sites monitoring

During the past year, nearly 100 construction sites monitoring was conducted on the main construction sites with the support of a specialized external company. This activity, that began in 2009, has the purpose of ensuring full compliance with the official and most significant safety requirements. In December, in order to share the results of the monitoring carried out with the main persons in charge for this work, a training event was organized for “Safety management in construction sites” promoted by the Corporate Security Department with the collaboration of the Human Resources Department. 80 colleagues participated with different responsibilities and activities linked to safety in construction sites. In addition to further analyzing issues related to applying Terna’s guidelines, during the event the best practices found in the different monitoring were presented as examples.

In 2011, an interdepartmental working group was also formed to initiate a series of assessments in construction sites; the group is formed by experts in safety, 231 Model, Fraud management and Quality system. The purpose of the assessments conducted by the team in 2011 - to be carried out also in 2012 – is a 360° monitoring of contracted activities allowing to foresee any corrective measures and improvements to be implemented based on synergy.

Moreover, already at the end of 2010, Terna and ANIE (Federazione Nazionale Imprese Elettrotecniche ed Elettroniche - National Federation of Electrotechnical and Electronic Companies) formed a Working Group with the purpose of harmonizing and standardizing provisions of the various different territorial bodies assigned to assess safety in construction sites for electricity works. In particular, the Group’s activities regarded the Guidelines for “Working at heights”. Terna’s objective is to uniform provisions for guaranteeing full understanding on the part of all those working in the sector to promote efficiency.

 

The Memorandum of Understanding with the Fire Department

Terna - Fire departmentThe Head of the National Fire Department, of Public Aid and Civil Defence, Eng. Alfio Pini and Chairman Luigi Roth signed a Memorandum of Understanding for increasing the protection of the National Electricity Grid. This is the first agreement of its kind in Italy among the National Fire Department and a private company.  

The Memorandum has the objective of developing a series of activities aimed at:

  • specifically training of the Fire Department personnel called to take action for aiding people near or in contact with overhead electricity lines and for drafting coordinated operating procedures;
  • increasing physical protection levels of power stations, through specific training of Terna’s personnel and identifying systems and procedures aimed at extinguishing fires and limiting environmental damages. For this purpose, the Memorandum also includes implementing a simulation system of the equipment in Terna’s power stations considered being most vulnerable;
  • drafting guidelines aimed at addressing electricity line problems interfering with activities subject to fire prevention control.

Lastly, the agreement establishes that activities necessary for reaching the objectives included in the Memorandum will be defined between the Head of the Fire Department and Terna through specific provisions to be implemented.

 

Emergency systems in case of fire

With the aim of obtaining maximum speed and effectiveness of action in case of fire, Terna is equipped with - initially in its head office - “One Seven” fire prevention technology, a type of equipment that guarantees user safety and fast action through various specific characteristics: 

  • fast gas and vapor cooling: the decrease in temperature with the foam contained in the equipment is of 10.3 degrees C per second while with water it is only of 1.5 degrees;
  • the manageability of an autonomous unit allows it to be connected to any type of on-site hydrant;
  • the possibility of maintaining good visibility thanks to the reduced quantity of smoke produced.

Another important investment for fire emergencies regarded the equipment of the company’s operational fleet of vehicles. Powder fire extinguishers were replaced with disposable extinguishers/suppressants weighing only 6 kg each and lasting up to 5 years without any maintenance requirements. 

Lastly, 350 “first aid” boxes were distributed in the power stations across the national territory to use in case of fire, each one containing equipment certified by the Fire Department and necessary for extinguishing the fire. 

 

Training and information

In 2011, over 60,000 training hours were dedicated to health and safety (increasing by over 20% compared to 2010). The DPRET (Disposizioni per la Prevenzione del Rischio Elettrico di Terna – Instructions for the Prevention of Electrical Risks of Terna) information campaign was particularly important that began at the end of 2010 and that continued throughout 2011 with over 30,000 training hours for junior executives, white-collar workers and senior executives.

HOURS OF TRAINING ON WORKERS' HEALTH AND SAFETY
  2011 2010 2009
Total 61,033 49,222 46,537
Senior executives 206 175 232
Junior executives 2,536 3,897 2,781
White-collar workers 25,737 20,265 18,781
Blue-collar workers 32,554 24,885 24,743

Moreover:

  • updating activities established by the TU81/08 (i.e., first aid, fire prevention) were initiated and completed;
  • an internal campaign was launched against the risks of alcohol and drugs. Addressed to all employees, the initiative included the widespread distribution of the guide “Occupational safety against alcohol and drug abuse”;
  • an important training campaign was planned on safety in construction sites for 2012.

In 2011, the Company also continued the “Analysis of the context and identification of the incentives capable of fostering safe occupational behavior” project. Started in 2009, this project aims to enable the Company to learn about its employees’ opinions and sensations regarding safety. In addition to surveying the employees’ degree of awareness of Terna’s commitment, the initiative represented an opportunity for gathering ideas and incentives leading to safer behavior at work. In the light of the results achieved by the project in the previous years, in 2011, the survey sample has been doubled with more than 320 employees interviewed and covering all the geographical areas in which Terna operates. The analysis regarded both the context and the nature of the work and showed that employees are aware of the Company’s investment in the values of safety. Training, meetings, and the possibility of sharing results are considered positive and are encouraged by employees. In order to adequately respond to the needs that emerged on the territory, in 2012, results will be distributed not only among the corporate management, but also at a more widespread level, aspects and themes will be suggested that are useful for further analyzing each area that participated in the interview.

Also in 2011:

  • the Company’s OHSAS 18001 certification was confirmed;
  • in compliance with the law, the RSPP and the AOT heads performed 133 inspections and the competent doctor carried out nearly 228 visits to work places;
  • fourteen internal audits were performed;

periodical preventive medical examinations were also performed for atypical workers, as provided for by Legislative Decree 81/08.