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Occupational Safety and Healthcare Management

We want both our own workforce as well as the employees of our subcontractor partners to return home just as healthy at the end of the day as they were when they arrived for work. Our goal is to achieve this objective through our Occupational Safety Management System. The aim of our Occupational Healthcare Management is to maintain and promote the workability of our workforce.

Our own employees and the employees of our partner companies often carry out work in workplaces that present specific challenges to health and safety, for example in opencast mines, at power stations, on transmission lines and offshore wind turbines. The avoidance of all industrial accidents, in particular serious or even fatal industrial accidents is an absolute priority at RWE. We are committed to giving equal treatment to our own and external employees in our occupational safety and healthcare policy.

The challenges that are encountered by our company through the energy transition demand maximum workability and commitment from our employees across all age ranges. We are therefore continuing to develop our Occupational Healthcare Management and we integrate it into our operating processes.



We are committedKPITarget
… to ensuring that our own and our subcontractors’ employees return home just as healthy at the end of the day as they were when they arrived for work.Number of accidents leading to the loss of at least one person per day per million working hours (LTIF = X/1,000,000 h)LTIF of max. 2.3 in 2014
... to maintaining our employees’ health and workability.Introduction of the Work Ability Index (WAI) in %15,000 responses for the WAI in Germany

Target Attainment

Our aim is to avoid all industrial accidents, in particular serious and fatal accidents, because each industrial accident is one too many. Five years ago, we defined our goal as achieving an LTIF value (number of accidents with at least one lost day of work for every million hours worked; LTIF = X/1,000,000 h) of less than three for our in-house employees. We already achieved this goal in 2011. For the year 2012, we extended our goal and for the first time included industrial accidents involving our partner subcontractors in the goal agreement on occupational safety. Even when we included the employees of our partner subcontractors, we were able to beat the target we had set ourselves. The LTIF rate amounted to 2.8 after 3.3 in the previous year.

At the moment, the Work Ability Index (WAI) is only applied in Germany. By the end of 2012, 70 % of the workforce in our German companies had access to the WAI. This is the same percentage as the value from the previous year. Since 2010, this index has provided us with a record showing the fitness of the members of the workforce to carry out their work today and in the future. By the end of 2012, more than 11,000 questionnaires had been completed.

Overview of the most important facts:


accidents is our target

Current LTIF of


Reduction of the accident rate by an average of

18 %

each year over the past 8 years

We treat employees of subcontractors like our own employees

We very much regret that


fatal accidents have occurred