Recognising health & safety excellence In March 2008, we held our second annual OH&S Conference, which was attended by a cross section of 230 sta from across the AMA. This Conference, which was again sponsored by Welsh Water’s insurer – Mitsui Insurance, received presentations from independent experts in the eld of OH&S including the Health & safety Executive, and was our platform to present annual awards to recognise OH&S Excellence.
Conclusion 2008-09 has seen a further positive development of OH&S within Welsh Water and the AMA. It is encouraging that we achieved the OHSAS18001: 2007, which is a far more demanding standard.
Whilst we had a similar level of reportable incidents to the previous year, it is positive to report that our overall Accident Incident Rate has reduced from 791 in 2007-08 to 700 in 2008-09, especially as we have an overall 10% increase in the workforce in this period.
There is, however, scope for further improvement, especially as over 75% of our reportable accidents are considered avoidable. Looking to 2009-10, we have already started to place additional management focus and employee engagement on improving behavioural safety and I believe that we have a well-developed plan to improve overall performance in 2009-10.
Peter Perry Operations Director