Health and safety at work
The Snam Group has always been committed to increasing and promoting the protection of health and safety in the workplace.
Continuous improvement in safety performance is based on implementation of the Company’s Health and Safety, Environment and Quality Policy, whose principles apply both in cultural terms, to improve personal attitudes, conduct and responsibilities, and in systemic terms, promoting the implementation throughout the Company of suitable and consistent management systems that are certified and maintained in accordance with the OHSAS 18001 standard. Responsibility for implementing the policy is divided between the HSEQ department within Corporate, where the coordination and guidance functions for the entire Group are centralised, and the corresponding structures in the individual companies with specific guidance, coordination and support tasks in respect of the relevant operating units.
Seeking and adopting good corporate practices is progressively promoted, in line with changes in the regulatory, ethical and market contexts, not only in the sphere of the Company itself but also to the suppliers concerned, in order to extend and improve collaboration on achieving the best possible performance and conduct in terms of health and safety management. Performance and conduct are constantly assessed and checked using benchmark standards.
In 2013, the new three-year programme “Objective Safety” was launched, designed to act in a specific way on the health and safety culture among employees. The programme contains some initiatives that have already been launched and some new actions, all of which require staff involvement and participation.
“Objective Safety” Project
The project’s main goals include the improvement of H&S performance and the steady reduction of incidents and accidents at work, as well as the “zero accident” target.
Initiatives of the Objective Safety Project:
- Health and safety training: development of a systematic approach, defining consistent training programmes and materials for the whole Group;
- Safety messages: development of activities that involve all staff and communication activities, with safety information and messages disseminated on the IT devices allocated to operating personnel;
- Safety handbooks: promotion of information on risks, good practices and prevention measures, with the publication of a series of handbooks to which environmental themes can be added;
- Safety communication: renovating the safety communication campaign, showing new safety images and messages in working environments;
- Safety agenda: raising safety awareness by customising the desk calendar with specific health, safety and environmental information and messages;
- Safety Walk: on-site visits at the operating sites by technical and operating staff and management to promote involvement and the sharing of experience and aspects relating to health and safety at work;
- Safety performance: implementation of the “Safety Trophy” (a competition between similar groups of operating entities that compete with each other to achieve the best safety at work results (number of accidents, severity, suggestions for improvement, “near-miss” reports, etc.) and the “zero accidents” initiative (a competition between similar groups extended Company-wide, with a target of 365 consecutive dates without accidents);
- Implementation of health and safety controls: monitoring and controlling compliance with legislation, deadlines and corporate provisions on health and safety at work, using auditing methods and checks on legislative compliance;
- Collaboration with INAIL: implementation of relationships for the development of knowledge and collaboration on health and safety matters;
- Supplier network: creation of a portal shared by the Company and its suppliers to develop a process of involvement, sharing and communication on managerial, technical and operational topics;
- Application for collecting and analysing information on accidents: development of an IT system for signalling and managing accidents among employees and suppliers;
- Safety Trophy for subcontractors: development of a competition for suppliers, currently established at Snam Rete Gas, Italgas and Napoletanagas, that aims to involve suppliers and disseminate a culture of prevention of, and attention to, health and safety matters.