Impact on society and employees
Our activities and ensuring the continuity of electricity supply determine the wellbeing of Poles.

It is PSE’s particular concern to ensure the security of employees and contractors’ personnel providing services to our company. To make this possible, we incessantly take care of the development and security of our technical infrastructure.

We are a modern organisation fostering an innovative working environment. We care about the development of internal competences of our employees. We want to constantly strengthen the unique knowledge base in the organisation and the expertise of the PSE staff responsible for maintaining a secure and stable power system.

Highest safety standards

GRI 103-1

Activities promoting work safety

In order to strengthen the safety culture at PSE, the Life Saving Rules (LSR) have been developed. It is a set of general rules of conduct which refer to the greatest risks related to the company’s activities. The rules specify the responsibilities of the personnel performing tasks, prohibited activities and responsibilities of work supervisors. The rules are addressed to PSE employees and associates. The rules are formulated as catch phrases demanding specific actions, which are listed below:

  1. Keep safe distance! – due to the risk to health and life caused by electric shock and arc burning while live working or working near live equipment;
  2. Follow the work order and use checklists! – for work on grid assets under conditions of special risk based on a written order;
  3. Observe safe organisation of work in the power sector!;
  4. While working at heights, protect yourself and your tools against falls!;
  5. Always use working clothes and shoes, as well as personal protective equipment where required!;
  6. Drive safely!;
  7. React to and report dangerous situations!;

The LSRs are displayed both at our offices and at substations, in the form of relevant posters and animations. We know from our colleagues that the materials are often a reference point for talks on safety as part of internal and external meetings (safety moments).
Professional risk assessment

At PSE, professional risk assessment has been performed for identified groups of job positions. Risk documentation has been developed according to the PN-N-18002 methodology in the three-degree scale and the Risk Score. All employees newly hired in 2019 and employees changing job positions were informed about the professional risk occurring in a particular position. They acquired knowledge of threats, preventive measures, methods and organisation of work.
Tab. 1. Number of persons acquainted with risk assessment taking into account groups of job positions
Number of persons acquainted with risk assessment in 2019
Field units Number of persons
Konstancin-Jeziorna 99
Bydgoszcz 48
Katowice 35
Poznań 32
Radom 45
Warsaw 33
Preventive health protection

Medical examinations are mandatory for every employee working at PSE and are conducted on an ongoing basis. Pre-placement, periodic and follow-up medical examinations are conducted by a physician authorised to perform preventive examinations on the basis of a referral containing information on all harmful factors and noxious conditions existing in a given job position. Preventive medical examinations are conducted under an agreement with the Lux Med occupational medicine centre. Periodic medical examinations are conducted at dates designated by a physician authorised to conduct preventive examinations. In 2019, no contraindications were found for work in existing job positions nor any case of occupational disease was recorded.
Tab. 2. Number of preventive examinations conducted
Number of preventive examinations conducted in 2019
  Number of persons covered by the contract* Total annual cost of preventive healthcare [PLN net] Liczba przeprowadzonych badań profilaktycznych
Total Pre-placement/Change of job position Periodic Follow-up
Katowice 264 185,440 161 40 113 8
Warsaw 258 185,379 159 47 99 13
Bydgoszcz 213 148,779 111 44 64 3
Radom 276 191,052 126 40 74 12
Poznań 270 199,094 129 24 101 4
Konstancin-Jeziorna 784 654,183 367 99 231 37
CENTRAL INVESTMENT UNIT (CIU) 364 255,529 169 60 104 5
Total 2,419 1,819,456 1,222 354 786 82
* As at 31 December 2018.
Active monitoring – facility inspections
Tab. 3. Active monitoring – facility inspections
Field units Number of inspections scheduled Number of inspections performed Number of follow-up recommendations issued
Konstancin-Jeziorna 5 5 10
Bydgoszcz 18 21 139
Katowice 34 43 258
Poznań 28 36 147
Radom 21 23 90
Warsaw 25 27 76
TOTAL 131 155 760
GRI 103-2
All activities aimed at improving OHS performance that we had planned for 2019 were completed. At the same time, a number of additional measures were taken, i.e.
  • improvement of the integrated OHS management system according to the PN-N-18001:2004 standard,
    • preventing accidents at work, occupational diseases and near misses – preventive and adjusting measures,
    • identification of hazards and risk management – analysis of HSEQ hazard notifications,
    • monitoring the working environment - OHS and fire protection inspections,
    • improving employee skills – participation in training,
    • development and upgrading of the network infrastructure – giving opinions on standards and design documentation;
  • periodic training in OHS was conducted. Training was provided for employees working in administrative/office, engineering/technical positions and managers was delivered in the form of guided self-study while training in blue-collar positions was conducted in the form of on-the-job instruction.
Tab. 4. Number of OHS training events delivered
Number of employees trained in OHS in 2019
  Introductory training Periodic training
White-collar positions Engineering/technical positions Blue-collar positions Managerial personnel Total
Konstancin-Jeziorna 104 100 80 0 50 230
Bydgoszcz 44 4 59 48 90 201
Katowice 33 6 51 85 14 156
Poznań 32 1 0 86 107 194
Radom 42 7 31 83 7 128
Warsaw 33 9 54 82 104 249
CENTRAL INVESTMENT UNIT (CIU) 45 134 87 0 96 317
Tab. 5. Evacuation exercises with the participation of the National Fire Service
Evacuation training with the participation of the National Fire Service in 2019
  Number of evacuation training events Number of National Fire Service exercises
Konstancin-Jeziorna 1 1
Bydgoszcz 4 0
Katowice 2 2 (3-day)
Poznań 3 2 (3-day)
Radom 4 1 (3-day)
Warsaw 3 0
CIU (Cracow) 0 0
TOTAL 17 6

OHS Committee

The OHS Committee operates at our company, which is composed of equal numbers of the employer’s representatives (including representatives of the OHS function and a physician providing health care services to employees), and employees (including the Social Labour Inspector). The Committee operates at PSE level, with local organisational units.
The Committee’s responsibilities include performing reviews of working conditions and periodic status assessments of OHS, issuing opinions on measures taken by the employer to prevent accidents at work and occupational diseases, and drafting conclusions concerning the improvement of working conditions.
Workers representation in formal joint management–worker
health and safety committees
Number of OHS committee members
Percentage of employees who work for organisations represented in formal committees for occupational health and safety (consisting of management and employees), advising on occupational health and safety schemes and monitoring such schemes
GRI 403-2
Type and rate of injuries*, occupational diseases, lost days and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatal accidents, by region and by gender
2019 2018
Total number of accidents (incidents) at work
Total number of accidents (incidents) at work, of which 4 5
– Women 0 3
– Men 4 2
Number of serious accidents (incidents) 0 0
– Women 0 0
– Men 0 0
Number of light accidents (incidents) 4 5
Accident frequency rate
Accident frequency rate 1.65 2.10
– Women 0 1.26
– Men 1.65 0.84
Accident severity rate
Accident severity rate 7.5 79.6*
– Women 0 17
– Men 7.5 146
Number of declared occupational diseases 0 0
* In PSE’s 2018 Impact Report, the accident severity rate was reported at 42.8. The discrepancy in the determination of this rate results from the fact that an employee who suffered an accident in 2018 was a on sick leave which continued in 2019. After the completion of treatment, the absence period was included in the 2018 rate, i.e. the year when the accident occurred.
Accident rates

Work accident frequency rate at PSE against average employment.

Work accident severity rate at PSE

GRI 103-3
HSEQ in figures
Number of detected unsafe conditions (UCs) and unsafe acts (UAs); number of HSEQ checks
  • The following were recorded during the period between January and December 2019:
    • 2,215 HSEQ observations
    • 1,881 unsafe conditions (UCs)
    • 282 unsafe acts (UAs)
    • 52 positive observations
  • During the period between January and December 2019, 409 HSEQ checks were carried out on the new build projects in progress.
Percentage of contractor employees that have undergone relevant OHS training (estimate based on HSEQ checks)
Percentage of contractor employees that have undergone relevant OHS training, working on active electrical substations (training conducted by Substation Duty Officers) 100%
Percentage of contractor employees that have undergone relevant OHS training required by law (estimate based on HSEQ checks)* 99%
* The data apply to employees hired by PSE suppliers, which means that the OHS training obligation rests with the suppliers.
New HSEQ requirements for Contractors implementing PSE investment projects

In 2019, work was continued to improve the effectiveness of supervision over contractors in the field of HSEQ, encompassing OHS, fire protection, and environmental protection. In particular, standard contractual clauses were developed containing HSEQ requirements. The clauses were elaborated in three versions, with the subject matter and level of detail being graded according to the requirements imposed on contractors. The variation of clause versions makes it possible to adjust contractual provisions to risks arising in implementing a particular contract. HSEQ clauses are used by PSE in all investment contracts, also for operation and maintenance work, which is possible owing to their universal character. The use of HSEQ clauses arises from standards implemented at the company, its strategy and policy, as well as broad-based responsibility for the safety of people and the natural environment. The improvement of contractual conditions is also an element of cooperation with PSE’s contractors. We are seeking to jointly enhance the awareness of the significance of safety of people and the natural environment, as well as solidarity-based commitment to matters related to the safety of employees, equipment, infrastructure in the working environment, and the environmental protection.
Since 2019, PSE has been using a rate system of liquidated damages for discovered cases of beach by the contractor of specific rules and regulations on occupational health and safety, fire protection rules and regulations, as well as environmental protection rules and regulations. The rate system is incorporated in new contracts entered into with contractors for investment projects and O&M work.
Activities promoting work safety

“Safety Leadership, or safety in contract performance” is the title of a conference on safety culture which was held in 2019 by the Working Environment Management Office at PSE for contractors engaged in investment projects and O&M work for us. The conference was aimed to enhance the awareness of the significance of safety of people and the natural environment, as well as commitment to matters related to the safety of employees, equipment, infrastructure in the working environment, and the environmental protection issues. The meeting was held at the company’s headquarters in Konstancin-Jeziorna. Representatives of 32 contracting firms who participated in the meeting were welcomed by members of PSE’s Management Board. On behalf of PSE, the conference was also attended by directors of the Central Investment Unit, Operations Department, Administration Department, ICT Department, Communication Department, and the Legal Office. The meeting was divided into a conference part and a workshop part. In the first part, the participants discussed OHS, environmental protection and quality guidelines as well as the HSEQ penalty rates, approved by the Management Board of PSE as contract requirements for contractors. In the workshop part, contractors’ representatives and the company’s employees jointly performed a hazard and risk assessment (HRA) analysis and a root cause analysis (RCA) for set event scenarios.