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 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 for healthcare advancement has three goals: health protection, healthier living and fitness. 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. This occupational medical care exceeds legal requirements and is well received by employees.
In 2013/14, 572 vaccinations were undertaken at EVN AG and Netz Niederösterreich GmbH in Lower and a further 47 employees underwent medical check-ups. Although EVN does not operate in countries where there is an increased risk of infectious diseases, Group guidelines like 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. Included here are organisational, preventative and hygienic measures aimed at minimising the spread of an influenza pandemic among the workforce. In the event of a pandemic, the Group’s crisis management team is authorised to define concrete implementation measures for each organisational unit in accordance with the crisis management guideline.
The 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 (LA7); Occupational safety agreements with trade unions (LA8)
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.
One example of the Group’s wide-ranging health services is the “Smoke-free EVN” campaign that was launched in September 2013. This initiative included the adaptation of specially designated smokers’ rooms as well as a programme for employees who want to become ex-smokers. EVN also organised impulse lectures to explain the consequences of tobacco consumption and the options for breaking the habit. The smoking behaviour of the individual participants was analysed and individual goals were defined in feedback sessions. The participants received intensive support during the withdrawal phase as well as regular feedback on their experiences.
All occupational accidents in the EVN Group are recorded and evaluated in a standardised IT system. This system supports conclusions on the safety behaviour of the involved employees as well as instructions for focal points in safety training. It also allows for the comparison of data between the individual companies and, in this way, determines the most important issues for prevention independent of industry trends.
|Accident and lost days statistics||2013/14||2012/13|
|Number of occupational accidents1)||98||121|
|Number of staff sick days2)||2,097||3,346|
|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
The number of occupational accidents in the EVN Group fell by 19.0% to 98 in 2013/14. In addition, the number of days lost dropped by 37.3% to 2,097 days. There were no fatal accidents involving employees during the reporting year.
- GRI indicator: Injuries, occupational diseases, lost days, absence and fatalities (LA6)