Safety is the top priority for all AES people, contractors and communities, and it is our most important value across our culture, businesses and daily operations.
Each AES business is responsible for defining, implementing and managing its safety program with the support of the AES global Environmental Health and Safety Department. AES is continuously improving safety performance by adopting formal policies, sharing lessons learned and exchanging best practices within the AES business network. In every market, we firmly believe that workplace hazards can be managed and contained, and we strive for incident-free workplaces.
Learn more about AES achievements in Safety Excellence.
To continuously reinforce the importance of safety, AES has established six guiding principles that embody our expectations for each of our operating businesses:
Local business leadership is responsible for local safety performance.
Local business leadership is expected to provide the appropriate human and material resources necessary to ensure that all people working for AES have the means to work safely.
Each business and its people are expected to comply with all applicable occupational health and safety requirements in the jurisdictions in which they operate.
All AES people are expected to adhere to all occupational health and safety programs and requirements adopted by the business in which they work.
All contractors engaged by a business are expected to adhere to the same occupational health and safety standards as AES people.
All businesses are expected to continuously strive to improve their occupational health and safety performance.
These guiding principles, and OHSAS 18001 international standards, form the basis on which AES has adopted 31 specific safety standards. These overarching standards can be adapted to address the unique challenges and requirements of local work environments, and they serve as the basis of each business’ individual Safety Management System.
In 2009, AES commissioned DuPont Safety Resources to perform an independent global survey regarding safety behaviors and attitudes at AES. The results from this survey formed the foundation for a comprehensive three-year action plan, and in 2010, AES businesses began a company-wide initiative to achieve world-class safety levels by the end of 2012.
Our three-year action plan is supported by company-wide safety goals, which each AES business implements in alignment with its local working conditions. For example, goals may include specific targets such as requiring a certain number of “quality safety walks” at facilities, or projects or system improvement goals such as implementing local processes to track safety findings until effective responsive action plans have fully addressed a situation.
Safety Program Highlights:
AES Eletropaulo (Brazil) and AES El Salvador collectively educate millions of people per year in their communities on electrical safety.
AES Dominicana (Dominican Republic) is implementing a program called “Tu Familia Cuenta” or “Your Family Counts” to perform 300 home safety inspections.
DPL (USA) and IPL (USA) perform live demonstrations to educate the public on the basics of electrical safety, reaching more than 4,200 people per year.
Kievoblenergo & Rivneenergo (Ukraine) hosts family events to talk about the importance of safety at home and in the workplace.
Ensuring contractor safety is important to the operation of our businesses and to local stakeholders. Each of our businesses has established contractor safety protocols that verify contractor qualifications and outline required training for all contractors before beginning work. This includes site- and task-specific safety training that must be completed prior to the commencement of the contract.
Contractor Safety Highlight
AES Eletropaulo in Brazil, the largest utility in Latin America, has achieved a 50 percent reduction in the number of contractor Lost Time Incidents through the successful implementation of a training program that combines safe work practices and technical skills training for contractor people.
AES tracks and reports safety statistics on a monthly basis using a format that is substantially based on USA Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reporting requirements (29 CFR 1904). Safety metrics that are regularly monitored include unsafe behaviors, unsafe conditions, near misses, and progress on implementation of safety action plans identified in the overall AES three-year action plan.
First aid incidents, OSHA recordables, Lost Time Incidents (LTIs) and fatal events are also reported on an ongoing basis.
Measuring Safety Performance
AES has made significant progress toward achieving our goal of world-class safety performance, as indicated by improvements in our safety metrics:
From 2009 to 2011, LTI case rates decreased 29.6 percent for AES people and 54.9 percent for construction contractors.
LTI cases also decreased by more than 60 percent for operational contractors supporting AES' businesses in 2009 and 2011.
We believe that employee recognition is an important part of reinforcing a sustainable safety culture.
In 2009, AES created the Golden Hard Hat award to recognize outstanding AES businesses or projects that demonstrated a unique commitment to safety, as evidenced by milestones such as number of work hours without an Lost Time Incident (LTI), or a notable reduction in incident rates.
The AES Jordan construction team was awarded the first Golden Hard Hat in 2009 for delivering our 380 MW Amman East generating plant on time with no LTIs recorded for the full duration of the construction project.
The 2010 Golden Hard Hat was awarded to AES Palm Springs, a 30 MW wind generation facility in the USA, for initiating proactive safety efforts that resulted in almost 2.5 years worked without an LTI, and an 80 percent reduction in recordable injuries.
In 2011, the Golden Hard Hat award was given to AES Chivor, our 1,000 MW hydropower plant in Colombia. Chivor completed 12 years without an AES LTI, and three years without a contractor LTI. During 2011, the workers at Chivor maintained this safety record while completing three major outages, four minor overhauls and replacement of the generation building roof.
For more information regarding AES’ internal safety achievements, please see Recognizing and Celebrating Success in Safety Reporting.