A safe, healthy and competent workforce is good for individuals and good for business

Building on a track record of successful health and safety (H&S) initiatives, Powering Improvement is the industry’s plan to be a world leader in this vital area.

The Electricity Industry launched its SAFELEC 2010 programme back in 2000 aiming to achieve a marked reduction in the number of days lost due to work-related injury and ill-health in line with Government targets. This success has been carried on into the next Electricity Industries Health and Safety Strategy ‘ Powering Improvement’. Its first phase ran between 2010-2015, and its second phase was launched in 2016 where there is a delivery plan to take it through into 2020. 

A further important factor that has helped to shape Powering Improvement is the HSE strategy “The Health and Safety of Great Britain: Be part of the solution” which has now been superseded by the GB Health and Safety Strategy ‘Helping GB Work Well’ Strategy where ‘Powering Improvement’ has been recognised and highlighted as a case study of success. 

ENA and Energy UK Member Companies together with the industry’s four recognised trade unions, namely GMB, Prospect, Unison and Unite, with the support of HSE, continually commit to work together to achieve the visions set by Powering Improvement.

To achieve this vision:

We are committed to sharing best practice regarding the management of health and safety risks. This includes sharing lessons learned when things go wrong.

We are fully committed to addressing occupational health issues as well as safety ones.

Management will work closely with workers’ representatives to ensure that all health and safety risks are adequately addressed.

Everyone in our industry from senior management to operational staff has a responsibility to look after their own – and their colleagues’ – health and safety.

The first successful 5 year phase of ‘Powering Improvement’ ran from 1st January 2010 to 31st December 2014.

The Second Phase of Powering Improvement will run from the 1st January 2015 until the 31st December 2019.

An event in the House of Commons has marked the launch of a second phase of Powering Improvement. For more information please click here.

The ‘Strategy’ for the Second Phase has been agreed and the ‘Delivery Plan’ for the first year has been finalised.

To view the Second Phase of Powering Improvement 2015-2020, please click the tab on the left hand side labelled ‘Powering Improvement 2015-2020’.

The following companies and trade unions are signed on to the strategy:

ENA Companies:

  • NIE
  • Mutual Energy
  • WPD
  • UKPN elec strap
  • GTC
  • NGrid
  • SPEN
  • NPG 
  • ENW

Energy UK Companies:

Trade Unions:

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