AES places the highest priority on making safety our way of life. It is the top priority for all AES people, contractors and communities, and it is our most important value across our culture, businesses and daily operations. Every AES person has the power and authority to stop any activity that is perceived to be unsafe.
The main goal of AES Jordan is to improve lives by providing safe, reliable and sustainable energy. We aim to achieve 100% commitment of every staff member and contractor to comply with our safety procedures and this is the way towards creating World Class Safety Culture.
There are four AES Safety Beliefs that are in the core of the AES Jordan Occupational Health and Safety Management System:
- Safety comes first for our people, our contractors and the individuals in our communities, and all work activities worldwide need to be conducted in a safe manner that promotes personal health, safety and well-being.
- All occupational incidents can be prevented.
- Working safely is a condition of employment and each person is responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of their teammates and the people in the communities in which we work.
- All AES people and contractors have the right and obligation to stop work as soon as they identify a situation they believe to be unsafe.
The Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management System ensures the maintenance of health, safety and the environmental control measures in the enterprises. It is in compliance with ISO BS EN 14001: 2004 Environmental Management Systems Specification and Guidance for Use and OHSAS 18001: 2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System Specifications of the International Organization for Standardization.
The Occupational Health and Safety Management System is applied to all activities for exploitation and maintenance, and all connected to them business activities performed by AES. It comprises:
- Health and Safety Policy/Environmental Policy
- Compliance with Environmental and Health and Safety Regulations
- Environmental Aspects and Impacts
- Risk Evaluation and Operational Control
- First Aid, Med Services and Occupational Health
- Health, Safety and Environmental Procedures
- Contractors’ Management
- Inspections, Walks and Audits
- Health, Safety and Environmental Management Meetings
- Reporting and Investigation of Incidents
- Results Monitoring
- Notifications to Regulatory Authorities
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Safety Rules
- Documents Management System
AES Jordan has an integrated Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Policy. It is applied to all business activities, operational and maintenance aspects of AES Jordan PSC- Amman East Power Plant (IPP1) and AES Levant Holdings BV – Levant Power Plant (IPP4). The introduction of the policy and its operational control are being defined trough written procedures. More than 30 relevant procedures have been developed for all high risk activities. They are being observed by both AES staff and contractors. Here are some of the most important procedures:
- Risk Evaluation
- Analysis of Work Safety/Analysis of task’s risks
- Permit-to-work system
- Notification, Investigation and Reporting of Incidents
- Selection, Appointment and Management of Contractors
- Internal Audits Conduction
- Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan
- Rescue and Emergency Repair Works Conduction Plan
- Proactive Safety Management
Operational control and implementation of the Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management at our plants is done through a series of planned inspections, safety walks and audits. These activities aim to provide control, independent assurance of implementation and effectiveness and compliance of the adopted health, safety and environmental measures with the current legal regulations and AES Corporate standards.
The Safety Walk is a process of systematically observing working conditions and activities and interacting with workers to identify and eliminate unsafe conditions and unsafe behaviors. Usually Safety Walks are performed by managerial staff and include interaction with people after observing them for the express intention of providing feedback affirming good safe work practices and behaviors and correcting those practices and behaviors that are not good/safe.
Safety Inspections is another way of surveillance of workplaces with the explicit purpose to identify, document and organize corrections of hazardous conditions. They are being performed by non-managerial staff of the company. They do not include equipment inspections whose primary purpose is other than occupational safety (e.g., fire extinguisher inspections, boiler inspections).
Work Activity Observation is planned activity where the observer identifies both unsafe conditions and unsafe behaviors seen while observing a specific work activity or workplace location. They may involve or not involve follow up interaction with the workers that were observed. However, they are always characterized by follow up action to correct any unsafe conditions or unsafe behaviors that were identified. Work Activity Observations often involve peers observing fellow peers.
Annually, next to the corporate and regional goals, AES Jordan sets annual safety goals, which include the number of walks and inspections every staff member is obliged to carry out.
Relevant Laws, Regulations & Instructions are available in the following websites. They are available in both Arabic and English versions.
- Ministry of Labour: http://www.mol.gov.jo/default.aspx?tabid=175
- Social Security Corporation: http://www.ssc.gov.jo/english/index.php
Other relevant authorities which AES Levant Jordan needs to coordinate on the day-to-day issues/activities.
- WAJ – Water Authority of Jordan
- NEPCO – National Electrical Power Company
- Jordan Police
- CDD – Civil Defense Department
You can find below the Emergency Response Plan of the Power Plant: