About us

A safe, healthy and competent workforce is good for individuals and good for business. Building on a track record of successful health and safety initiatives, Powering Improvement is the industry’s plan to be a world leader in this vital area by 2015.

The Electricity Industry launched its SAFELEC 2010 programme back in the year 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. The final report was issued July 2010 and is available from the ENA website (www.energynetworks.org).

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 we as an industry fully support. Powering Improvement will contribute to the delivery of the HSE strategy.

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 here.



The Rate of Fatal, Major and Lost Time Incidents has dropped significantly by more than 40% since the start of Powering Improvement in Electricity Networks.



The Rate of Working Days Lost from Injury in the Electricity Industry has dropped by 10% since 2010



The Electricity Industry is more than 10 times better off than it was before privatisation in 1990, and Powering Improvement has helped to achieve this



Following on from the first successful phase of Powering Improvement '2010-2015' the second.

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