Health and Safety
Atlantica and its management are committed to prioritize and actively promote the health and safety as a tool to protect the integrity and health of our employees, subcontractors and partners involved in our business activity. We promote a safe operating culture across Atlantica and encourage a preventive culture in the operation and maintenance (“O&M”) activities of the subcontractors in our assets as reflected in our corporate health and safety policy.
Annually, we conduct internal audit and contract external independent auditors to evaluate our health and safety management system in accordance with the OHSAS 18001 standard requirements. These efforts have resulted in the certification for Occupational Health and Safety obtained in 2015 and the successful renovation in the last two years.
We developed an annual training program to educate managers and employees on safety awareness. This annual plan has been designed in accordance with the risk in the work positions and in the work centers and the country regulations.
In 2017, Atlantica launched the Health and Safety improvement plan “Safety First!”, with the objective to reduce the number of accidents in the assets. At our plants, we have safety procedures in handling equipment; provide scheduled periodic health and safety training; practice periodic “walk and talk” events to promote safety awareness; practice emergency drills to ensure effective response to emergency incidents; hold health and safety meetings to monitor safety actions; perform safety analyses to identify hazards and develop preventive strategies; enforce safety compliance through continuous audit and inspections in all our assets, among many other practices. The Safety First! plan was focused on the following three main areas:
- Promotion of health and safety leadership in the organization
- Improvement of safety conditions
- Implementation of health and safety best practices
We actively monitor main occupational health and safety key performance indicators such as major injuries, general frequency index (GFI) of accidents, frequency with leave index (FWLI) and total recordable deviations index (TRDI) for first aid cases, near misses and unsafe acts and conditions detected through our assets, establishing annual targets for these KPIs.
No major injuries have been recorded in the last three years.
We celebrated “Safety Days” in all our assets with our subcontractors to promote safety culture and awarded those workers for the best performance and safety commitment.
General Frequency Index (GFI) represents the total number of recordable accidents with and without leave (lost time) recorded in the last 12 months per million of worked hours. We have been consistently reducing the total recordable accident rate at our assets since the company foundation, achieving our annual objectives.
Frequency with Leave Index (FWLI) represents the total number of recordable accidents with leave (lost time) recorded in the last 12 months per million of worked hours. We have developed a continuous improvement policy in safety, reducing our annual objectives from year to year. We successfully identified and implemented adequate programs and we have been able to achieve our targets in the last two years.
As a proof of success of our safety programs and quality performance of our subcontractors, we find our rate of accidents with leave (FWLI) is below the accidents with leave rate averages of the U.S. utilities sector for 2016 as sourced from the data published by OSHA (U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
Total Recordable Deviation Index (TRDI) is the number of first aid case accidents, near-misses and unsafe acts and conditions recorded in the last 12 months per million of worked hours. We have developed this KPI to encourage the identification and communication of near misses and unsafe acts and conditions by employees and subcontractors. It serves us as an early warning of potentially dangerous situations for workers and facilities. The higher is the rate of the identified deviations, the better is the likelihood that we prevent an accident.
We monitor a broad range of other occupational health and safety key performance indicators such as days without accidents, number of lost days per incidents, number of drills and nature of incidents and near misses to better report, monitor and encourage our employees to continuously seek improvement.