SSEN’s innovative safety programme scoops top plaudit at industry awards

Image above shows SSEN's winning team with NSAP host - comedian, actress and motivational speaker Francesca Martinez.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is delighted to have won the Outstanding Contribution to Health, Safety and the Environment award at this year’s National Skills Academy for Power (NSAP) Conference, for its ‘Influencing Behaviours’ programme. The programme delivered to more than 4,600 employees introduced and embedded SSEN’s licence ‘If it’s not safe, we don’t do it’.

The ‘Influencing Behaviours’ programme was designed in coordination with Karrdale and involved replicating real-life examples of scenarios in which SSEN staff find themselves every day. In 2017, the programme was delivered to employees and contract partners at 30 different locations across SSEN’s network areas. The programme challenged SSEN employees to think differently about their beliefs and behaviours, promoting the importance of interdependency and a positive safety culture across the organisation. 

SSEN has made an enduring commitment towards continuing the programme to ensure the new found understanding remains in the DNA of the business, with around 2000 SSEN employees and contract partners receiving the training in 2019. 

The 'Influencing Behaviours' programme identified that people, their behaviours, attitudes and actions are more important than procedures for achieving safe outcomes. SSEN’s workforce are now regularly using their license together with the awareness of the human factors that often lead to incidents, to stop work and working together to get everyone home safely.

Now in its ninth year, the NSAP Conference with its ‘People in Power’ Awards is a skills summit for the power industry, enabling figures across the energy sector to meet peers and consider the big picture, helping facilitate a constant drive in innovation, productivity and upskilling. The theme of this year’s event was Powering Productivity Through Innovation and with SSEN’s ‘Influencing Behaviours’ programme of safety, the network operator showed how its innovate approach and delivery was producing tangible and impressive results.

This latest award for SSEN’s ‘Influencing Behaviours’ is further credit and recognition for the safety programme this year, after it scooped the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year at the inaugural Network Awards 2019 in Birmingham this spring and the Utility Week safety award in Manchester in July 2018.

Richard Gough, the former Head of Safety, Health and Environment for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, said:

"We’re delighted to receive this award, which is our third national award for the ‘Influencing Behaviours’ programme. 

"This is a credit to our partners, Karrdale and our project team who have worked tirelessly in the background to deliver an excellent training experience, which adds significant value for our people and business." 

The National Skills Academy for Power (NSAP) adds value by increasing capacity, capability and connectivity nationally across the power industry. Part of Energy & Utility Skills, NSAP is raising the profile of the UK power industry as it becomes the global leader in power skills development, maximising the benefits for businesses. SSEN’s Safety, Health and Environment vision is to continuously deliver outcomes for its people, its customers and the environment in which it operates.