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Occupational Risk

Occupational risk is regarded as the possibility of a worker suffering a particular work-related injury.

Occupational risks are associated with causes due to human nature (individual behaviour and methodologies in performing work), technical nature (working environment, equipment, tools, machines and materials) or causes outside the workplace (adverse weather conditions or others caused by third parties). Occupational risks often arise associated with industrial accident and environmental impact risks.

These accidents are usually associated with risks of electrical origin, falls, overexertion, traffic movement, the projection or fall of objects, etc.  

The principal means of management and control of occupational risks are demonstrated through:

> A safety policy of the EDP Group approved by the Executive Board of Directors;

> Safety management based on international standards (OHSAS 18001) where we highlight the certification of the major electricity generating plants;

> A process of evaluating and controlling risks applied to all workers, facilities and service providers of the EDP Group;

> An occupational health system based on evaluation of occupational risks and the consequent establishment of medical protocols, associated with the duties and activities of employees;

> An ongoing process of training in safety matters for employees and service providers;

Establishment of operational control procedures for all activities;

> The existence of emergency/evacuation plans for all facilities, which are tested annually;

> The establishment of an annual audit and safety inspection plan for work/contracts performed by EDP workers or by workers of service providers;

> The provision of Collective and Personal Protective Equipment according to risk assessments carried out for all facilities, works and activities.


The reparation of work injuries is covered by occupational accident insurance, which covers accidents at work, travel accidents when on work and sports-related accidents under the Employees’ Club.

EDP has a Crisis Management Plan (CMP) that allows it to respond to emergency situations resulting from natural disasters and accidents involving persons and facilities.

The aim of EDP’s CMP is to define the procedures, training and additional training so that when faced with a potential crisis the response of EDP may be effectively coordinated by people prepared to protect lives, safeguard the service provided to customers and the community we serve and preserve the resources and assets of EDP. It also establishes the criteria for reporting to the internal and external audiences.

All facilities of the EDP Group also have their own emergency/evacuation plans which identify possible risk scenarios. These plans are regularly tested to evaluate the training preparation and organisation.