EDF Energy, based at Doxford International Business Park, Sunderland, took part in the companywide Zero Harm Week, a week long programme of activities designed by the company to highlight the importance of health and safety among its 1,600 staff, which also included safety awareness sessions from Northumbria Police.
The centrepiece of the week was a special workshop presented by PC Jami Blythe, which focussed on road safety, including the consequences of driving whilst distracted, tired or under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Those who attended the sessions were encouraged to create their own work-based campaigns to raise awareness of safe driving, the best of which are set to be implemented at the Doxford site.
The campaigns designed by staff included creating educational videos detailing the possible consequences of driving while tired, awareness stickers for cars and regular energising talks and exercises, designed to improve alertness.
The visit from PC Blythe is part of Operation Dragoon, a campaign by Northumbria Police, The North East Ambulance Service, Northumberland Fire and Rescue and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Services to improve road safety and to reduce the number of road offences and fatal and non-fatal accidents on North East roads.
Alan Bullock, Health and Safety Practitioner, based at Doxford Park, oversaw the week’s activities across all of EDF Energy’s UK office-based sites. He said: “Many of our employees drive to work, so we wanted to make road safety a key part of Zero Harm Week 2016 across the business. We want to ensure that all our staff are well educated on the safety risks when travelling to and from our sites and know how to reduce the risk of an accident on the road.