TAURON Group’s OSH Policy

The employees of the TAURON Group are a key group of stakeholders. The important aspects in this area are issues related to ensuring their safety at the work place. This is reflected in the Sustainable Development Strategy of the TAURON Group for 2017–2025, as well as in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Policy of the TAURON Group established on the basis of that document.

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The TAURON Group’s OSH Policy is a set of regulations aimed at continued improvement of occupational safety and health standards. By applying the provisions provided therein the Group steadfastly seeks to eliminate work related accidents as well as minimize the occurrence of occupational diseases and the number of potentially accident prone incidents.

The safety of employees, customers, contractors, guests and other stakeholders is an absolute priority, which has a significant impact on the decisions and actions made by the Group’s subsidiaries.

The policy defines the principles of operation and the rules of conduct that serve the implementation of Group’s four basic goals with respect to OSH, i.e.:

  • eliminating accidents at work of all employed persons and those working for the benefit of the TAURON Group’s subsidiaries and any other persons in the area where the subsidiaries are conducting their operations,
  • ensuring optimal working conditions for all employed persons and those working for the TAURON Group,
  • improving the qualifications of the TAURON Group’s employees aimed at increasing competences with respect to improving their safety and the safety of colleagues and people who are in the area of their work,
  • improving an effective OSH management system.

The OSH Policy is the overarching document describing the uniform system of occupational safety and health in the TAURON Group.

As part of the Group’s OSH Policy, each of the subsidiaries, due to the characteristics of its operations, has its own regulations in this area, which are fully compliant with the requirements and applicable laws. In addition, the OSH regulations are adapted to the nature of the work and tasks performed. At companies whose operations profile involves production and distribution, i.e. TAURON Wydobycie, TAURON Wytwarzanie, TAURON Ciepło, Kopalnia Wapienia “Czatkowice”, TAURON Ekoenergia and TAURON Dystrybucja – the issues related to the protection of the health and life of employees have a special meaning, which is expressed in extended safety systems, as well as inspections of working conditions, compliance with the OSH regulations and rules at individual work places.

In accordance with the OSH Policy, the occupational safety and health rules apply to persons physically present in the TAURON Group’s establishments. External entities that carry out work at the Group’s subsidiaries are obliged to comply with the applicable procedures, including with respect to the health and safety of employees. Employees of external companies (contractors and subcontractors) are also required to have up-to-date medical examinations (clearances) and appropriate qualifications and authorizations for the works performed. Some of Group’s subsidiaries (especially those where working conditions are particularly dangerous) also introduce additional requirements and training for the external entities.

The most important documents regulating OSH issues in the TAURON Group are the Integrated Occupational Safety and Health Management System at TAURON Wydobycie, Occupational Safety and Health Management Procedures at TAURON Ciepło or the Quality, Environmental Protection and Occupational Safety Policy at TAURON Wytwarzanie.

Due to the consistent pursuit of a decrease in the number of accidents, activities promoting safe behavior at the workplace are intensified, and the individual subsidiaries run numerous information and educational campaigns. In 2019, in the TAURON Group they included, among others:

  • “Good to see you” campaign at TAURON Ciepło, where each employee received a reflective band that improves visibility on the road and thus increases the chances of a safe return home,
  • OSH campaign “Time to be particularly careful” at TAURON Ciepło, which was aimed at improving safety and health by making the employees aware of the causes of accidents at work. The main carrier of this campaign’s contents was a key ring, which reminded each employee of safety during the most „accident prone” working hours. The key rings together with the ICE “in case of emergency” card were forwarded to each organizational unit,
  • art competition related to the topic of the Work (Occupational) Safety and Health “Draw safety” at TAURON Ciepło. It was a poster competition promoting safe behavior and proper work organization. The authors of the three best competition entries were awarded with money prizes,
  • safety calendars hung from January 2019 on employee boards and in the changing rooms at TAURON Ciepło,
  • in 2019, the OSH unit at TAURON Ciepło organized the 6th OSH Knowledge Competition, which was a qualifier for the 22nd National Competition on the Knowledge of Work Safety at Power Plants and Cogeneration Plants. The purpose of conducting the in-house OSH Knowledge Competition was to expand the knowledge of all aspects of the safety of the company’s employees in the workplace and to promote safety issues in line with the adopted policy,
  • implementation of the OSH Improvement Plan at TAURON Wytwarzanie,
  • promoting the idea of “Zero accidents at work” at TAURON Wytwarzanie,
  • organization of the „OSH Open Doors Day” for the employees, which included, among others, expanding the knowledge of the applicable OSH regulations at TAURON Wytwarzanie, regarding the organization of safe work on power equipment, along with the conclusions, the possibility of conducting additional exercises on CPR manikins, practical aspects of the use of handheld fire-fighting equipment. The Open Day was addressed to the employees of TAURON Wytwarzanie and cooperating enterprises,
  • conducting the Occupational Safety and Health Knowledge Competition for employees at TAURON Wytwarzanie,
  • training in stress management and prevention of burnout at TAURON Obsługa Klienta,
  • conducting of Social Reviews of the Working Conditions in the entire TAURON Group,
  • first aid training in the entire TAURON Group,
  • using the VR technology as a modern method supporting the training programs, among others for the electrical fitters at TAURON Dystrybucja.

An important element in promoting OSH rules in the TAURON Group is raising the awareness of employees and subcontractors, mainly through dedicated training courses delivered in the form of meetings and workshops, and in an interactive form, including training via an e-learning platform. Due to the fact that the best promoters of safe behavior at the work place are employees themselves, subsidiaries organize in-house training courses, information campaigns, as well as OSH knowledge contests.

The discussed actions significantly influence the employee accident rates in the TAURON Group.

202 accidents occurred at the TAURON Group’s subsidiaries in 2019, leading to the total of 206 people getting injured, with 2 fatalities. The total number of accidents decreased by 7 as compared to 2018. The number of the most tragic accidents, i.e. fatalities, increased from one incident in 2018 to two cases in 2019. The number of minor accidents decreased from 202 in 2018 to 200 accidents in 2019. As compared to the previous year, no major accidents were recorded in 2019. The accident frequency rate was 7.8 in 2019. The employee accident rate (accident frequency rate) broken down by gender (Injury rate – IR) is presented in the table.

Employee accident rate (accident frequency rate) broken down by gender in the TAURON Group in 2019
2019
TOTAL NUMBER OF ALL ACCIDENTS 202
Women 11
Men 195
NUMBER OF FATAL ACCIDENTS AT WORK 2
Women
Men 2
NUMBER OF MINOR ACCIDENTS AT WORK 200
Women 11
Men 193
NUMBER OF MAJOR ACCIDENTS AT WORK
Women
Men
NUMBER OF GROUP ACCIDENTS 4
Women
Men 8
ACCIDENT FREQUENCY RATE 7,8
Accident frequency rate = (number of accidents at work x 1,000) / average employment in 2018.
Women 0,4
Men 7,5
ACCIDENT SEVERITY RATE 67,2
Accident severity rate = Total number of days of inability to work of victims of accidents at work / Number of persons injured in accidents at work (excluding fatalities)
Women 46,1
Men 68,4

Due to the steadfast pursuit of work safety improvement, activities promoting safe behavior at the workplace are intensified. These include numerous training courses, covering both the employees as well as external entities performing work for the TAURON Group’s subsidiaries. The percentage of the TAURON Group’s people trained in 2019 is presented in the table.

Percentage of TAURON Group employees, contractors and subcontractors who underwent OSH training in 2019
2019 Kopalnia Wapienia „Czatkowice” TAURON Ciepło TAURON Wydobycie TAURON Wytwarzanie
Percentage of employees hired by contractors and subcontractors who underwent the above OSH training 0% 61% 83% 26%

The TAURON Group’s OSH rules are valid for all persons staying at the TAURON Group’s sites. External entities that carry out work at the Group’s subsidiaries are obliged to comply with the applicable procedures, including with respect to the health and safety of employees. The employees of external companies (contractors and subcontractors) are also required to have valid medical examinations, appropriate qualifications and authorizations to perform work. Some of the TAURON Group’s subsidiaries (especially those where working conditions are particularly dangerous) also introduce additional requirements and training for the external entities.

At Kopalnia Wapienia “Czatkowice” and TAURON Wydobycie, due to the industry characteristics and the nature of the business operations, each employee of an external company undergoes training on the knowledge of the rules and principles of occupational safety and health, including the safety of performing the tasks with which they are entrusted, before beginning their work.

At TAURON Ciepło and TAURON Wytwarzanie, pursuant to the internal regulations, training is carried out for the supervision personnel of the external companies with respect to the existing threats to safety and health at the workplace, as well as they are familiarized with the internal regulations in force at the subsidiary. At the same time, contractors (the supervision personnel of the external companies) are required to train persons performing the subject of the contract / order with respect to the existing threats to safety and health on site and during the performance of the works, as well as to familiarize them with the internal normative acts in line with the scope of the works to be performed. As a consequence, all employees of contractors or subcontractors are trained (indirect training).

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