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

It is PSE’s particular concern to ensure the security of employees and contractors’ personnel providing services to our company. Therefore 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.

We are keen to strengthen awareness and educate the public about the functioning of the electricity market.

Work based on the highest standards of safety

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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).

Meetings with employees

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Activities promoting work safety
We attach great importance to OHS, health, environmental and quality standards. Our organisation provides training to PSE employees on safety culture related to the working environment.
The sub-goal of the training was to change the perception of work safety among employees – engaging them all in the monitoring of the working environment in order to achieve the primary goal:
  • zero accidents with regard to people,
  • zero accidents with regard to environmental protection,
  • zero accidents with regard to the equipment, plant and vehicles used and with regard to quality assurance.
Safety culture at our company is an integrated management system which is aimed to maintain a maximum level of safety the work carried out. The system covers the analysis of threats, active supervision and monitoring of the employee’s working environment, environmental protection and quality of work, as well as the technologies and equipment used.
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 employed in 2018 (246 persons) have been informed about the professional risk occurring in a particular job 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 2018
ZKO Number of persons
Konstancin-Jeziorna 99
Bydgoszcz 15
Katowice 16
Poznań 33
Radom 17
Warszawa 16
CJI 48
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 2018, 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 2018
  Number of persons covered by the contract* Total annual cost of preventive healthcare (in PLN net) Number of preventive examinations conducted
Total Pre-placement Periodic Follow-up
Katowice 242 177 876 144 35 103 7
Warszawa 239 168 055 125 18 102 5
Bydgoszcz 198 139 385 109 21 80 8
Radom 244 174 399 144 35 103 6
Poznań 265 191 357 132 29 98 5
Konstancin-Jeziorna 849 617 503 282 99 173 10
CENTRAL INVESTMENT UNIT (CIU) 326 238 499 156 48 102 6
*As at 31 December 2018
Tab. 3. Number of inspections carried out at facilities and offices of PSE ZKOs
Number of inspections carried out at facilities and offices of PSE ZKOs in 2018
ZKO Number of inspections scheduled Number of inspections performed Number of follow-up recommendations issued
Konstancin-Jeziorna 1 8 18
Bydgoszcz ZKO 21 25 126
Katowice ZKO 37 46 150
Poznań ZKO 31 34 150
Radom ZKO 23 29 92
Warsaw ZKO 25 21 112
TOTAL 138 163 648
Active monitoring – facility inspections
All activities aimed at improving OHS performance that we had planned for 2018 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 2018
  Preliminary training Periodic training
White-collar positions Engineering/technical positions Blue-collar positions Managerial personnel Total
Konstancin-Jeziorna 99 231 1 0 52 284
Bydgoszcz ZKO 15 7 43 39 12 101
Katowice ZKO 16 15 16 82 114 227
Poznań ZKO 33 42 12 86 0 140
Radom ZKO 17 3 12 72 3 90
Warsaw ZKO 16 2 24 77 5 108
Tab. 5. Evacuation exercises with the participation of the National Fire Service
Evacuation training with the participation of the National Fire Service in 2018
  Number of evacuation training events Number of National Fire Service exercises
Konstancin-Jeziorna 1 4
Bydgoszcz 0 0
Katowice 0 6
Poznań 0 0
Radom 0 2
Warsaw 1 1
CJI (Cracow) 1 0

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 is chaired by a person authorised by the employer – an employee of the Working Environment Management Office, and its deputy chair is 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 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
Number of injuries and fatalities to the public involving company assets including legal judgments, pending legal cases of diseases
Number of persons who sustained injuries or lost their lives as a result of the company’s activities
Number of courts cases pending and closed, concerning the deterioration of health of members of the public and potential risks related to those cases
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 YEARS
2018 2017
Total number of accidents (incidents) at work
Total number of accidents (incidents) at work, of which 5 2
– Women 3 0
– Men 2 2
Number of serious accidents (incidents) 0 0
– Women 0 0
– Men 0 0
Number of light accidents (incidents) 5 2
– Women 3 0
– Men 2 2
Accident frequency rate
Accident frequency rate 2,10 0,92
– Women 1,26 0
– Men 0,84 0,92
Accident severity rate
Accident severity rate 42,8 72
– Women 17 0
– Men 146 72
Number of declared occupational diseases 0 0
Total number of subcontractors’ accidents sustained while performing work for the company 2 0
– Women 0 0
– Men 2 0
Number of fatal, collective and serious accidents 0 0
– Women 0 0
– Men 0 0
*The indicator concerns exclusively employees’ accidents at work and not on the way to work.
Accident rates

Accident frequency rate at PSE
Accident severity rate at PSE
Number of accidents at work and equivalent events increased in 2018 by 150 percent.
The accident frequency rate for 2017 was 0.92, and for the whole year 2018 it was 2.10, which means an increase by 228 percent.
The accident frequency rate for 2017 was 77, and for the whole year 2018 it was 42.8, which means an increase by 45 percent.
Preventing accidents at work, occupational diseases and near misses by maintaining the accident frequency level for accidents attributable to the employer at a level of not higher than ≤ 0.92 weas maintained, as no fault on the part of the employer has been found in any of the cases examined.
HSEQ requirements for project contractors
In order to improve safety at work for infrastructure projects, our organisation has adopted new HSEQ requirements. They specify the conditions for health, safety, environment and quality management during the execution of works.
Key issues contained in the requirements:
  • documentation, planning – HSEQ plan, ERP plan, analysis of threats and risk to the task,
  • training, training and competence,
  • reporting of information on safety security policy,
  • first aid,
  • procedure in the event of fire,
  • chemicals,
  • working clothes, working footwear, personal protective equipment;
  • equipment and machines;
  • welfare conditions,
  • environmental protection,
  • contractor’s liability,
  • inspections and audits,
  • HSEQ supervision.
Since 2017, HSEQ requirements have been an integral part of investment documentation of tendering procedures conducted by PSE.
HSEQ in figures
Number of detected unasafe conditions (UCs) and unsafe acts (UAs); number of HSEQ checks
  • The following were recorded during the period between January and December 2018:
    • 2889 HSEQ observations,
    • 2,081 unsafe conditions (UCs),
    • 302 unsafe acts (USs),
    • 57 positive observations.
  • During the period between January and December 2018, 449 HSEQ checks were carried out.
    • Detected unasafe conditions (UCs) had the following priorities:
      • high - 64
      • medium - 780
      • low - 1427
    • Detected unsafe acts (USa) had the following priorities:
      • high - 81
      • medium - 127
      • low - 1175
GRI EU18 Percentage of contractor employees that have undergone relevant OHS training (estimate based on HSEQ checks) 2018
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.
The first external championship in first aid for the energy sector

Electric shock, fall from height, terrorist attack, car accident – these are only some of the challenges faced by the participants of the competitions held at the beginning of 2019 in Sobienie Królewskie. The project was aimed to promote safety rules among the energy sector personnel and prevent accidents at work.
The educational value of the initiative was noticed and appreciated by the Office of Technical Inspection, the Central Institute for Labour Protection, the Institute of Power Engineering, and the Polish Association for Electricity Transmission and Distribution, which sponsored the event. During two days of the championship, 40 participants from eight teams competed in eight disciplines, representing the companies: Enea Operator, Energa Operator, Gaz-System, PERN, PKP Energetyka, PSE, PSE Innowacje and Tauron Dystrybucja.