Occupational health and safety



Terna's commitment to safetyshould be seen in the context of the existing legislative prescriptions. The Italian law on the subject of safety (Italian Legislative Decree 81/2008 “Consolidated Act on Occupational Health and Safety”) is one of the most stringent in Europe. The obligations for companies regard numerous themes: one of the most significant aspects is the obligation to carry out a detailed assessment of the risks relating to workers' health and safety. This assessment must concern the specific risks of each activity, the risk of work-related stress and, above all, an analysis of the risks deriving from the interference of work of contractors and subcontractors, for all operations that make up the work process at construction sites. The costs of eliminating or limiting the risks of interference are excluded from price competition in tender competitions.

In this context, Terna emphasizes the following points regarding occupational safety:

  • clear safety-policy guidelines: the importance of protecting people from physical harm is affirmed in Terna’s Code of Ethics. The Company’s Occupational Safety Policy, which is an integral part of the integrated Quality, Environment and Safety Management System, specifies the guidelines of the Code of Ethics, for example with an explicit commitment to promoting accident prevention for all employees, including contractors;
  • an Environmental Safety & Security portal, found on the corporate Intranet and containing an up-to-date and complete database of legislation regarding occupational safety (national and regional regulations, technical standards issued by relevant entities);
  • an organizational unit responsible for safety, centrally coordinated and with local managers in the area offices and on construction sites. The unit also performs direct inspections of work places and construction sites;
  • an OHSAS 18001-certified management system (certification obtained in 2007, confirmed in 2010. Coverage: 100% of corporate activities). The system, which is integrated with that of service quality and the environment, is based on careful risk mapping. The management system consists of an organic and detailed collection of Operating Procedures and Instructions, which include greater details for activities that entail electrical risk (Rules for the Prevention of Electrical Risk - DPRET);
  • thorough supervision: correct and full application of procedures is assured through inspections by the Safety, Prevention, and Protection Managers (twice a year for each, in the respective geographical areas of responsibility). Internal compliance audits are carried out in all the Transmission Operating Areas. The external audits set up for confirmation of certification also contribute to increasing attention to the observance of rules of conduct and to safety issues, as do elected employees' representatives, responsible for verifying that the laws are applied (workers' safety representatives, see Indicator LA6);
  • thorough and ongoing information and training activities: all personnel are made aware of the key points and of any changes on the subject of safety, through various channels including the corporate Intranet and the organization of informative meetings. Certain equipment present in the Viverone (Turin) training Centre makes it possible, in particular, to carry out safety training for climbing pylons (through the use of natural-size pylons in the gym) and for live-wire work in a controlled environment;
  • the insertion of occupational safety performance targets (in particularan “occupational safety index” made up of the injury rate and the lost-day rate) in the system of indicators linked to the variable remuneration of the Departments involved;
  • applied research: a specific organizational unit of the Engineering Department experiments with safety materials and devices, testing their reliability through resistance trials in extreme conditions;
  • concern for safety conditions with regard to contractors that perform work on construction sites on behalf of Terna. Contracts to construct overhead power lines and electricity stations require a declaration that all personnel on the construction site have been informed about the risks and trained in the use of personal protective equipment. For several roles (e.g., workers assigned to the mounting and maintenance of lines, cutting vegetation, painting, construction-site and squad foremen, and safety managers) – Terna requires additional certification that they have received training (24-32 hours), designed in cooperation with certified training institutes.

Finally, during the supplier qualification process, Terna requires the existence of documented procedures that have been adopted to protect the health and safety of workers. In particular, companies in categories considered most significant with regard to safety and the environment must fill out a detailed questionnaire regarding specific organizational and procedural elements capable of ensuring good management practices in addition to compliance with all provisions of the law.