Health and Safety

The safety of everyone, everywhere, is always our number one priority. We continuously invest in safety and work in a responsible and safe manner.

Together, we go for ZERO

Our goal is zero accidents. Every employee and contractor knows the principles of our safety programme. We ensure that Elia Group’s safety instructions are properly applied in order to prevent incidents.

Electrical infrastructure is and always will be dangerous. That is why safety is our top priority in all that we undertake. Continuous development of technical, managerial and behavioural competencies is therefore a core responsibility of our Competence Centre.

On a managerial level, safety is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer, and part of executives’ variable bonus is also linked to safety performance.

The GO FOR ZERO programme has five pillars:

1 People & technical Skills


  • In an ever-changing world, everyone needs to hone their skills constantly and learn continuously. The People & Technical Skills project aims to catalogue the technical and behavioural skills within Elia, then develop training paths to enhance these Elia skills.

2 Operational & Safety Excellence


  • Feedback, open dialogue and regular communication within and between teams are all absolutely vital if Elia’s ambitious targets on safety, efficiency and operational quality are to be met. Continuous improvement entails researching and developing solutions to operational problems.

3 Operational & Safety Excellence with DSOs


  • Elia shares many high-voltage substations with distribution system operators. In view of this fact, Elia and its colleagues in the distribution sector decided to launch a project to enhance safety.

4 Safety for Contractors


  • In response to the energy transition, Elia is undertaking the most ambitious investment programme in its history. In cooperation with its contractors, Elia is striving to ensure that they too, have optimal safety and zero accidents.

5 Safety Leadership


  • Elia structurally implemented a management style that encourages employees to report risky behaviour and to work safely. Every manager must inspire and set an example, while also creating a climate of trust in which all employees adopt safety- oriented attitudes and behaviour and never compromise on safety.


We are exploring the introduction of a health and safety management system.

Talks are on-going with 50Hertz experts on their experience in applying the OHSAS 18001 system.

Safety measures



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