Basic Safety Training

prevention and safety

Safety Training

The commitments reflected in EDP's Safety Policy and Code of Ethics reassert the need to foster a culture of best practices in the field of occupational health and safety, in order to achieve the "zero accidents" goal in a sustainable way.

To achieve this goal, EDP adopted in 2003 a “Basic Safety Training” (BST) requirement for third-party workers involved in the construction, maintenance or demolition of electricity production and distribution infrastructures.

Since the adoption of the BST requirement, accident rates, including third-party workers, have declined steadily.

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What is Basic Safety Training (BST)?
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BST is training required by EDP which aims to provide workers with sufficient knowledge to identify, and protect themselves from, the risks that inhere to the environment where they will be working.

This training, with a minimum duration of 14 hours, includes topics such as rights and duties pertaining to occupational health and safety, safe work practices, ergonomics, and risk control at the workplace.

BST is an additional requirement and does NOT replace the technical and safety training required for the proper execution of the job.

Who is required to have Basic Safety Training?
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BST is required from third-party workers carrying out construction, maintenance or demolition work in electricity production and distribution infrastructures.

This requirement does not apply to:

  • Holders of legally recognized occupational health and safety training (eg: OHS Staff/Senior Staff, Safety Coordinators).
  • Individuals who are not directly involved in the work, even if they have to be present for inspections, meetings, etc.
How to get a Basic Safety Training (BST) course recognized?
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Training organizations with a certificate from the DGERT (Direção-Geral do Emprego e das Relações de Trabalho; General Directorate for Employment and Labor Relations) and with proven OHS teaching experience may apply for BST recognition from EDP.

Applications should be sent to the IEP (Instituto Eletrotécnico Português; Portuguese Electrical Engineering Institute), with whom EDP has signed an agreement for the recognition of Basic Safety Training courses.

[Learn more at IEP’s website] (

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