Ensuring workers are provided with a safe and healthy work environment is an essential part of the Bank’s mandate and is firmly embedded within the Bank's 2014 Environmental and Social Policy (ESP). The ESP clearly states that clients are to take steps to prevent accidents, injury and diseases arising from, associated with or occurring in the course of work. The Internal Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that globally every 15 seconds a worker dies due to a work related accident. The European Commission also estimates that 6.9 million workers within the EU are injured due to an accident at work and some 23 million workers suffering work related health problems.
The Bank is well aware of the risks to workers and third parties exposed to operations within its portfolio of investments with 96 fatalities reported to the Bank in 2014. The Bank is also well aware that health and safety standards vary between countries, economic sectors and social groups. In all of the EBRD countries of operation worker health and safety standards are low which is generally associated with the following reasons: Poor management and worker attitudes towards health and safety risks; lack of awareness of work related hazards and associated risks; Incorrect selection or poorly maintained equipment; Inadequate enforcement of workplaces; and Low sanctions where laws are violated.
An extension to Occupational Health and Safety capacity building framework has been approved in 2015, which will continue to identify and reduce risks, set and promote international standards, raise awareness, develop capacity and communicate messages to past projects related accidents. At the same time, consultant will carry out due diligence of accidents associated with following OHS topics and key themes: Working at heights; Fire and explosion risks; Electrical safety; Construction design and management; Traffic management including movement of work equipment, vehicles and rolling stock; and Entering and working in confined spaces.
This project is in line with Environmental and Social Policy 2014 Performance Requirement 4 – Occupational Health and Safety.
Standards of health and safety associated with selected clients are improved.
TC Recipient Information
EBRD clients in various countries of operation.
All assignments under the project, have been funded through EBRD-managed donor funds ( Shareholder Special Fund).
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Access to Information Policy (AIP)
The AIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations following its entry into force on 1 January 2020. Please visit the Access to Information Policy page to find out what information is available from the EBRD website.
Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form.
Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM)
If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g., through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s accountability mechanism.
The accountability mechanism independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.
Please visit our webpage to find out how to submit a complaint through the confidential online form, by email, mail or telephone. We are available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of complaints. Complainants’ identities may be kept confidential upon request.