Health and Safety
The Energy UK Health and Safety Conference was held on 15 November, bringing industry leaders in Health and Safety together with those on the ground to discuss key areas which impact the sector.
Maintaining Health and Safety standards across all activities is critical to the industry. From our generators through to our suppliers, our members are committed to delivering best practice. Whether through monitoring trends, developing best practice or simply guidance on regulation or legislation implementation, we work with members to ensure the energy industry's workforce is safe and healthy at work.
Health and Safety at Energy UK is discussed by Generation and Retail groups, to ensure that the two distinct aspects are considered fully and appropriately. The Safety Leaders Group oversee this work, keeping an eye out for potential cross-over risks and opportunities to further raise standards.
The Retail Health and Safety Forum is focussed on the operational challenges presented through metering services and engagement with customers, safeguarding customers’ touchpoint with the industry.
The Generation Health and Safety Forum focuses primarily on the operational challenges associated with electricity generation on various power station sites. Having originally held a distinct focus on thermal plant, the Generation Health and Safety Forum are expanding to not only ensure our legacy assets are decommissioned safely, but also that new plant and technology coming onto the system is safe and secure by design.
Energy UK also have a Safety Leaders Group who govern the work undertaken by both the Retail and Generation Health and Safety Forums. Members in this group actively challenge the industry to move from strength to strength to improve Health and Safety in both a top down and bottom up manner.
As part of the work carried out in this space, Energy UK contributes to the ENA's Powering Improvement strategy within which members have the opportunity to address a host of Health and Safety risks. With themes which change yearly (occupational health, asset management, contractor engagement to name a few), ENA and Energy UK members along with industry Trade Unions have created a 2 phase plan ensuring the UK energy industry continues to be a world leader in Health and Safety performance. Find out more about the Powering Improvement strategy. Energy UK also contributes to the Health and Safety Executive's Helping Great Britain Work Well strategy which aims to protect our workforce through management of risk, supporting innovation and increasing productivity.
We also work closely with other industry stakeholders and government bodies including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Public Health England (PHE) and Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) to ensure our members are as well-equipped as possible to allow for the above to take place.
Our members produce a variety of publications and reports which mirror the work Energy UK carries out for industry on Health and Safety. We create positions on industry standards, legislation and regulation so government and stakeholders are firm in the knowledge that our industry welcomes the challenge to continue to improve its high standards of Health and Safety.