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Keeping safety top of mind

Social performance case studies from the 2014 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, Engaged for a Sustainable Future.


CEA members are using a number of different methods to ensure the safety of employees, contractors and the public:

BC Hydro strengthens in-house training

As part of its commitment to embedding a consistent culture of safety throughout the entire organization, BC Hydro and Power Authority opened its new Trades Training Centre in 2013. By centralizing the design and delivery of all technical and trades training, this facility ensures all of BC Hydro’s training programs are fully managed and delivered by its own employees using its own equipment, resulting in an improved training experience that better supports safe work practices.

Building a complete brand platform around safety at Capital Power

To change the way its employees talk and think about safety, Capital Power Corporation launched its “Zero Means Everything” campaign in 2013. A unique internal safety brand platform and social marketing strategy that includes online videos, booklets, vehicle wraps and more, it focuses on both workplace safety and lifestyle safety, with the underlying message being that zero lost-time injuries means getting every employee safely home from work each and every day.


Left: “Zero Means Everything” is a unique internal safety brand and social marketing strategy that is designed to change the way Capital Power employees talk and think about safety and achieve their zero lost-time injuries by 2015 target.
Right: A branded Capital Power vehicle with the “Zero Means Everything” message to keep safety top of mind.
Photos courtesy of Capital Power Corporation.

EPCOR holds second annual contractor safety summit

An estimated 140 people from 35 organizations attended the 2013 Contractor Safety Summit to talk openly about the issues affecting every EPCOR Utilities Inc. employee and contractor. With a theme of “partnering for success”, the agenda included presentations on Alberta’s strategy for improving workplace health and safety, how EPCOR is improving its safety performance, EPCOR’s standards on drug and alcohol management and incident reporting, and contractor management trends from both internal and contractor perspectives. EPCORWorkshopEPCOR’s Underground Assessment Workshop. Photo courtesy of EPCOR Utilities Inc.

Northwest Territories Power Corporation teaches kids how to stay safe

Every year, members of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation’s Health and Safety Department visit Grade 5 classes across the territory to teach students about the importance of safety around electricity. Children learn about how electricity is created and brought to their homes, hear different ways to keep safe, and get a hands-on learning experience in the ‘Hazard Hamlet’, a live model that demonstrates potential electrical hazards and how to avoid them.

Taking a closer look at high-risk activities at Oakville Hydro

One of the best ways to improve safety performance is by effectively managing workplace risk. In 2013, Oakville Hydro Corporation completed an assessment of the 20 highest-risk work procedures identified by employee focus groups. The results will be used to redefine and enhance the safety procedures related to these high-risk activities. Externally, the corporation was honoured with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association’s President’s Award for having worked 250,000 hours without a lost-time injury.

SaskPower sows the seeds of safety among farmers

SaskPower ran two public awareness campaigns in 2013 (one during spring seeding and one during fall harvest) to remind farmers what to do if they contact a power line or come across a downed line. During the fall campaign, a social media component was added to engage younger farmers who tend to have lower awareness levels of electricity safety. To augment the advertising campaigns SaskPower provided safety demonstrations throughout the year using a live electrical display with actual power equipment.

Toronto Hydro unveils harmonized tailboards

To standardize its safe work practices, Toronto Hydro Corporation harmonized five pre-job risk assessment forms (also known as tailboards) to create one common tailboard that incorporates all elements of a risk assessment, including detailed job steps and emergency planning. More than 3,585 hours of training were delivered to ensure employees knew about and could complete the new form. In late 2013, development started on an electronic version of the tailboard that could be completed on a laptop or tablet at the jobsite.

Use the menu at the right to read more member success stories and case studies from the 2014 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, Engaged for a Sustainable Future, or get the PDF here.