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Powering Improvement: Raising standards, reducing injuries

The UK’s energy industry came a step closer to being the world leader in health and safety, Energy UK said today. Powering Improvement – a proactive programme to raise health and safety standards across the energy sector – reached a significant milestone with the launch of its second phase.

This phase will concentrate on managing priority risks: working with electricity; when working at height; and the risks involved when driving. It builds on the successful completion of the first stage, which ran from 2010 to 2015, which looked at the roles of leadership, improving competence and worker involvement in the Health and Safety industry. 

The UK’s energy industry has an enviable safety record with just 42 people needing medical treatment in 2013; down from 57 in 2010. But there is no room for complacency and the initiative, which brings industry bodies together and forms partnerships across the sector, aims to tackle health and safety issues at all levels.

Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK said:

“The UK’s energy industry has an enviable health and safety record but, across the sector, we are determined that the second phase of Powering Improvement will see standards rise and injuries fall. By concentrating on joining up the energy industry and furthering partnerships, we can achieve what Powering Improvement sets out to do.”

The Second Phase of Powering Improvement will run from the 1st January 2015 until the 31st December 2019 and will focus on:
·         2015 – Working with Contractors
·         2016 – Managing Occupational Ill Health Risks
·         2017 – Asset Management
·         2018 – Human and Organisational Factors
·         2019 – Review of Progress and develop the next phase of ‘Powering Improvement’

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