Corporate Responsibility Report 2013

Practices & Initiatives

Every day starts with safety.

Keeping safety top of mind

We want every day to start and end with safety - at work and at home. To keep safety top of mind:

  • We believe that zero injuries is possible. Zero means everything.
  • We have robust safety programs and procedures.
  • We plan to be safe. The process of safe work planning facilitates hazard identification, actions and controls for the noted hazard, and a process for hazard mitigation.
  • We set and continuously monitor safety targets.
  • Crews hold daily safety planning meetings.
  • Steps are taken to ensure that:
    • employees receive the necessary safety training with mandatory ongoing safety training for employees in field and operating positions.
    • employees have the right tools and equipment to complete their work in a safe manner.

Strong Corporate Programs

The Capital Power Health, Safety, and Environment Policy, implemented in 2009, is built to International standards, and includes 15 key elements outlined in our policy document. These elements are the framework to a fully functional and effective safety program that includes standards to address critical tasks as well as Incident Management, Hazard Assessment, and Personal Protective Equipment

Health and safety committees in 2013

Our plants and offices have active health and safety committees that involve employees in health and safety and help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety issues. Forty-seven Capital Power employees served on six committees in 2013 — a decrease from 2012 due to consolidating committees across the fleet for better effectiveness.

Safety walk abouts

In addition to regular inspections conducted by employees, management, and safety professionals throughout the year at all operational and construction sites, safety inspections are conducted by executives with the assistance of a site employee and health and safety team member. In addition, office health and safety committees conducted quarterly inspections of their offices and reporting areas for improvement.

Choosing smarter – Contractor Safety Prequalification standard

A Contractor Safety Prequalification Standard was implemented in 2013, whereby all contractors are prequalified and preference given to those graded A, B, or C.

Using a third-party international company, ISNetworld, to support our internal standard ensures all contractors are evaluated and graded on the same scale in determining if they are a safe organization. ISNetworld collects contractor data and documents, reviews them to Capital Power requirements and jurisdictional legislation, and verifies they meet the minimum requirements and do not pose unnecessary health and safety risk. The tool and process have been effective in several circumstances where process and statistical data showed that additional requirements were needed to ensure the health and safety of our employees and contractors on site.

Health and safety on and off the job – ongoing communication

We want our employees safe – everywhere. Throughout 2013, we increased communication with employees on health and safety well-being to increase awareness and reduce unsafe occurrences. Many communications were the result of our internal data and trending of near misses (near injuries) and incidents.

In addition to messages received at site, we sent over 15 targeted safety communications in 2013 on a range of topics for work and home. Some examples include:

  • Slips, Trips, Falls
  • Genesee Emergency Response Exercise
  • Launch of Zero Means Everything
  • Emergency Preparedness Week
  • Near miss reporting
  • First aid training
  • Roxboro celebrates two years without a lost time incident
  • Spill awareness
  • Safety matters: Safe winter driving, Tips to keep office space collision free, Safety tips for the first long weekend of the summer

Living and working safely – Safety training for employees

Capital Power worked throughout 2013 in the development of position-specific Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) training requirements for all positions at our operating facilities. This ensures:

  • Capital Power is meeting regulated HSE training requirements in all of our jurisdictions
  • Employees are receiving the correct HSE training for their job tasks
  • Training that is not related to a position is not assigned to an employee, saving time and training costs

Globally Harmonized System was introduced throughout the United States in 2013. 100% of our U.S. employees completed Global Harmonization training and met the Occupational Safety Health Association regulated deadline to complete the training.

Facility Safety Milestones

Our solid fuels facility located in Roxboro, North Carolina celebrated two years without a lost-time incident. A lost-time incident is any work-related injury or illness that causes an employee to miss their next scheduled shift.

“The Roxboro facility has experienced great change in the area of safety over the last several years,” said Frank Hayward, Roxboro’s Plant Manager. “A mind-shift fostered by a constant focus on all of the details of our safety program and several good initiatives from our corporate Health, Safety and Environment department have led to a greatly heightened sense of awareness of personal safety and the safety of coworkers and contractors.”

Prior to achieving this milestone, Roxboro had an impressive record of 10 years without a lost time incident. “It will take eight more years of hard work, not becoming complacent, and very close management and oversight of contractors working at the site, but we’re on the right path,” Frank added.

In 2013, Capital Power’s 275-MW Island Generation facility located in Campbell River, BC also achieved a significant safety milestone: one-year without a lost-time incident. Employees focus on performing their jobs safely and have the attitude that a zero-harm culture is possible. Daily job-hazard assessments and morning safety meetings before shifts have contributed to their success.

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