Health and Safety Policy (EHS)

Our commitment to the health and safety of our employees and people working on our sites or under our management is a keystone of our sustainability goals. In addition, achieving high levels of pro-active health and safety standards contributes to customer satisfaction, business results and employee motivation. Anywhere Alstom operates, this policy seeks to:

  • prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Improve the working conditions and well-being at work

All managers are responsible for ensuring that Alstom’s health and safety policy is communicated, understood, implemented and maintained throughout the Group. We take our commitment to people so seriously that we’ve set up an health and safety roadmap which assesses a wide range of areas to improve our operations:

  • Leadership site security
  • Training 
  • Contractor management 
  • Management of highly hazardous activities

The health and safety roadmap was updated in 2008 to comply with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 requirements and continuously improves the way we operate: 140 EHS units (60% of the total) conducted an EHS roadmap self-assessment this fiscal year 2011/12.

Alstom Zero Deviation Plan


A single and stringent approach to safety for the entire Group has been developed to focus on high-risk activities and protect all Alstom employees and contractors worldwide from the risks they may face when working for Alstom in a factory, workshop, on a project and/or construction site. 

This approach is the Alstom Zero Deviation Plan. It is made up of three priority actions:

Action 1: The in-depth analysis of severe accidents
Action 2: The implementation and audit of nine Alstom Safety Directives
Action 3: A stronger control of contractors

Update – July 2012

Action 1 - the process has been followed since November 2011 if there has been a severe accident.

Action 2 - Alstom’s four Sectors launched the implementation and audit of the nine Alstom Safety Directives from the beginning of June, 2012

Action 3 - a clear set of Alstom EHS requirements for contractors have been defined. These requirements must be applied by all contractors worldwide when working on Alstom sites or under Alstom's responsibility. The second Alstom Dafety Directive – “Control of Contractors” - focuses on ensuring this is implemented. Compliance with this Directive will be audited from October 2012, as for all the other Alstom Safety Directives.

Safety Awards


The Group’s stakeholders recognise its health and safety (EHS) performance. Below is a list of some examples from fiscal year 2011/12:

  •  The Pembroke power station project in the UK has received a “Five Star” environment, health and safety (EHS) rating from external assessor, the British Safety Council (BSC):
    • 57 different parameters were tested by the BSC auditor, who awarded top marks in 47 of them, giving Pembroke 4,932 points out of a possible 5,000 - and an overall score of 98.64%.
    • Alstom is lead contractor on the project, with responsibility for on-site EHS, to deliver the 2,160 MW combined-cycle power plant under a full turnkey contract. 2,000 workers were on-site at the peak of the three-year construction phase.
    • The independent audit was commissioned by the customer, RWE.
      The scope of the audit, agreed by RWE and BSC, covered five areas:
      • safety organisation
      • management control systems
      • emergency control systems
      • measurement and control systems
      • workplace implementation
      . As part of his investigation, the auditor interviewed key personnel, reviewed safety management documentation and personally inspected the site.
  • In March 2012, Thermal Power Services in Muizen, Belgium passed the significant milestone of 2,500 days (or almost seven years) without a lost time accident (LTA). The management team in Muizen has made safety the number 1 priority to ensure that each employee returns home safe and sound at the end of each day.

With this in mind, EHS practices have been integrated into the heart of business strategy and project management. Employees at every level are involved and empowered in the training programmes, risk analyses and specific actions related to safety. The new EHS culture and practices, together with the implementation of a new safety management system, has enabled the site of Muizen to achieve three new EHS certifications since 2010: LSC (VCA) Petrochemical (Belgian and Dutch certification required to work with petrochemical customers), OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001.

  • In Alstom’s Transport Sector, the EHS Award, “EHS & Me Challenge 2011”, rewarded five sites for their best practices in the control of high risk activities and environmental protection:
    • Algiers tramway (Algeria): “Safety Award” for sub-contractor management
    • Sesto (Italy): “Safety Award” for risk reduction on electrical works
    • Charleroi (Belgium): ex-aequo “Safety Award” for risk reduction on electrical works
    • SATEE (Shanghai - China): “Environment Award” for wood packaging recycling
    • Santiago (Chile): “Special Award” for the EHS compliance process.


Protecting our employees through prevention


Alstom is committed to providing a safe working environment for each and every employee.

The breadth of our commitment is demonstrated in our environment, health and safety policy deployed through our EHS management system, alongside tailored programmes throughout the world. Here a few examples:

  • In Germany, sport is encouraged by the Group at its Mannheim site where 10 yoga sessions are offered to employees and twice a year, external nutritionists come in to offer advice.
    In addition, on all major germany manufacturing sites, employees can be helped by a psychologist in case of professional or private difficulties. They can also access a hotline for the same purpose. Such a programme was implemented in France in 2010.
  • In Switzerland, Alstom’s Social Services supported over 300 employees in 2011 (in many cases with the involvement of line and HR managers), providing them with individual support to solve conflicts at work, serious psychological problems and personal problems. 32% of the raised issues were related to workplace problems.
  • In India, a comprehensive health programme has been set up, including a helpdesk to facilitate cashless check-ups and reimbursements claims. Access to health services have been made easier and the claim ratio has been significantly reduced. In addition, all major sites have equipped medical dispensaries including consultant doctors.
  • In Turkey, a psychologist is available two days per week for confidential support to employees who are in conflict with their manager.

In addition, our goal is to provide life and disability coverage for all our employees, which currently reaches 98% of our workforce.

EHS management  

Alstom maintains and develops a pro-active environment, health and safety culture throughout the Group. Each Alstom business is responsible for implementing programmes and training to achieve best EHS practices. Our EHS management involves:

  • regular assessments of operations, management systems and procedures
  • establishing measurement systems to ensure compliance with this policy and applicable laws and regulations
  • informing employees, communities, customers and government agencies about EHS 
  • considering the impact of any EHS changes to existing practices.