Healthcare and occupational safety
EVN places great importance on the best possible training and continuing education for employees on relevant health and safety issues. The occupational safety department established for this purpose has supplemented the applicable legal regulations with an extensive set of internal directives and guidelines. Representatives of the works councils and trade unions are involved in all workplace, health and safety issues. The Health@EVN programme implemented to support healthcare advancement has defined the following three goals: health protection, healthier living and fitness.
Occupational medical care
EVN offers its employees extensive occupational medical care, above and beyond legal requirements. Two occupational health physicians are available to answer questions on maintaining and improving workplace health and attend to employees within the framework of labour protection laws. The many related measures include medical check-ups, vaccinations, eye and hearing tests, psychological counselling, coaching, tips on healthy nutrition and special offerings for groups of employees who are exposed to particular risks.
Although EVN does not operate in countries where there is an increased risk of infectious diseases, Group guidelines such as the “EVN Pandemic Prevention” are in force at all Group subsidiaries to deal with emergencies. These instructions, which deal especially with influenza pandemics, are designed to minimise the risk of infection at the workplace and thereby ensure continued smooth business operations and uninterrupted service for EVN’s customers. In 2015/16, 853 preventive vaccinations were carried out at EVN AG and Netz Niederösterreich GmbH in Lower Austria, 236 employees underwent medical check-ups and 687 employees took advantage of consultations.
Work continued on the development of a health programme for EVN Bulgaria during the reporting year. The first initiatives included employee focus groups, information campaigns on sporting activities, the installation of bicycle parking areas, a pilot seminar on healthy nutrition and a special Intranet page on health issues and leisure time balance. A health programme for EVN Macedonia was completed in 2015/16 and is now in implementation.
Employee health and sporting activities
In addition to the wide-ranging offering and activities of the EVN culture and sports club, the EVN running event has become an integral part of the company’s sporting world. Roughly 350 participants – employees and in some cases, their family members and children – jog or Nordic walk around the EVN headquarters each year in September. This popular event supports a good cause: for each one-kilometre round completed during the 90-minute event, EVN donates EUR 2.0 to a child in need.
Prevention of occupational accidents
All occupational accidents in the EVN Group are centrally recorded and evaluated, which supports conclusions on the safety behaviour of employees and the related accident risks. It also sets the main points of emphasis for safety training and forms the basis for intra-Group comparisons. EVN’s extensive range of training programmes on health protection, occupational health and safety and fire prevention was continued during the reporting year. The courses covered safety issues such as “working with voltage” and “working with anti-fall protection systems”. The permanent offering also includes initial and follow-up courses on first aid. In Austria, all employees are represented by safety officers in working committees that monitor and discuss the workplace safety programmes.
- GRI indicators: Prevention of and education in serious diseases (G4-LA7); Occupational safety agreements with trade unions (G4-LA8)
The number of occupational accidents in the EVN Group rose by 2.3% to 89 in 2015/16 (previous year: 87). In addition, the number of days lost increased by 17.9% to 2,621 days (previous year: 2,224 days). There were no fatal accidents among employees during the reporting year.
- GRI indicator: Injuries, occupational diseases, lost days, absence and fatalities (G4-LA6)
|Accident and lost days statistics||2015/16||2014/15||2013/14|
|Number of occupational accidents1)||89||87||104|
|Number of staff sick days2)||2,621||2,224||2,146|
|1) Number of minor accidents and of notifiable occupational accidents (excluding commuting accidents)|
2) Lost days are working days only; excluding weekends resulting from work-related accidents (excluding commuting accidents)
3) Lost Time Injury Frequency Index – Frequency of occupational accidents per one million working hours