ESB (Electricity Supply Board) is a leading Irish company in the energy utility sector, employing over 9,300 people. It is 95% owned by the Government of Ireland, with the remaining shares held by an employee share ownership trust. In 2004, ESB had a turnover of €2,488.9m and a profit after tax of €267.3m. ESB operates through four businesses: ESB Power Generation, ESB Customer Supply, ESB Networks and ESB Commercial Enterprises.
The ESB is undertaking an ambitious engineering and construction programme to strengthen the electrical power system in Ireland. This work will be completed against a background of market restructuring, internal reorganisation and is expected to cost in excess of €4 billion when completed. The ethos central to the roll-out of the programme is that it be delivered to the highest possible safety standard, consistent with the organisation’s emphasis on safety of staff, customers and the general public.
ESB published a revised and expanded Group Policy and Framework Safety Statement in 2010. Our 2010 Safety performance outturn was very positive with overall staff and contractor lost time injuries down 45% on 2009 and down 26% on target. Our goal is zero injuries and we have made very considerable progress in this direction.
We are committed to implementing OHSAS 18001, an externally accredited quality system to support the management of safety in the company. Over 40% of ESB staff operated within business areas that had achieved OHSAS registration in 2010 and our aim is to have all activities included within the scope of this system by the end of 2012.
Ronan Collier, Group Safety, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator. Email: email@example.com