Occupational Safety and Health
The Safety and Environmental Protection Policy was passed by the ČEZ Board of Directors and issued as an order of the Chief Executive Officer effective from May 1, 2010. It includes the following chapters whose titles correspond to the strategic pillars of the Policy:
- We place protection of human life and health before all other interests.
- We pursue safety and environmental protection as integral parts of management.
- We comply with laws, regulations, and our public obligations, and we take note of recognized practices.
- We continually improve safety and environmental protection.
- We regularly assess risks and either prevent them, eliminate them, or reduce their impact to an acceptable level.
- We ensure that plant and equipment complies, long-term, with all technical, safety, and economic criteria.
- In selecting and evaluating suppliers, we take into account their attitudes toward safety and the environment.
- We communicate openly and effectively on safety-related topics.
- We secure sufficient numbers of highquality, motivated employees and suppliers.
- We manage key knowledge.
Caring for employees’ safety and health a key priority for ČEZ. In 2010 and 2011, the company brought about a major increase in care for the safety and health of workers of its subsidiaries and even those of suppliers, as demonstrated by the following figures.
Number of Injuries in the Production Segment, Including ČEZ
In June 2011, after three years, CEZ Group conducted a new, extensive survey of employees’ opinions on the safety culture. Compared to 2008, the index increased from 4.6 to 5.04, with 6 being the highest possible score. Another way of presenting the overall evaluation of the safety culture is to say that 84% of employees are satisfied, on average, with the level of all aspects covered by the survey. 92% of employees agreed that culture of safety at CEZ Group is improving. Among other factors, this is attributed to a number of measures and activities that were put in place on the basis of the previous survey. CEZ Group approved and implemented a new Safety and Environmental Protection Policy, and employees can also participate in discussions on this topic on the new “safety portal”.
The term “safety culture” was first used in a report published by the IAEA in 1986 and was further elaborated in publications that followed. It is used in conjunction with the safety of nuclear power plants, but the interpretation of the term remains very broad, and principles defining a culture of safety can be used to assess the level of safety outside the nuclear power field as well. At CEZ Group, safety culture is defined as “that assembly of characteristics and attitudes in organizations and individuals which establishes that, as an overriding priority, safety issues receive the attention warranted by their significance.”
For employees, 2010 saw the opening of a “safety portal” that is part of the corporate Intranet. Here, employees can find the Safety and Environmental Protection Policy, information on the assessment of safety throughout the entire CEZ Group, information and figures excerpted from the Final Reports on the nuclear power plant stress tests, statistics on material events at CEZ Group from a safety perspective, and a range of other information. Popular sections include Your Stories, where employees can read about their colleagues’ experiences, and My Perspective, which carries interviews in which CEZ Group representatives share their opinions on specific situations. An employee brochure entitled You Decide has also been published, based on the safety portal.