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Dwˆ r Cymru Welsh Water | Annual Report of Health and Safety | 2009

Insurance audits Welsh Water takes pride in its close working relationships with its service partners and has extended this good practice to encompass other service providers, like Mitsui Sumitomo, who provide Employers Liability insurance for the AMA. This working relationship and programme of insurer audits yield benets for both parties; Mitsui can review Welsh Water and its AMA partners and their systems to clearly understand the risk in the business, and Welsh Water benets from Mitsui’s work with other clients who might have dierent procedures for minimising losses. A programme of insurer audit visits is proposed by Mitsui each year having regard to Mitsui’s assessment of key risks.

OHSAS 18001 audit Each year, the OHSAS 18001 health and safety management system is subject to audit every six months by the external accreditation body. In addition, Welsh Water has established a programme of internal audits, which take place every three months and are designed to identify any opportunities for improvement. During the year 90 corrective actions were identied by the internal audit team, of which 97% were closed within 30 days.

OH&S training for non executive directors Good OH&S policy and procedure and risk management are led from the top of the organisation. It is appropriate, therefore, that from time to time, Directors of the company receive OH&S training and update on best practice in OH&S governance and performance. During the year, three non executive Directors, who are also members of QEC, successfully completed a bespoke health and safety training course designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills to eectively champion occupational health and safety within the Board room. The course covered aspects of OH&S law, the roles and responsibilities of a Director, and best practice in risk management and reporting systems, and related arrangements in Welsh Water to the best practice guidance published by the Institute of Directors.

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