Health and safety standards
Our health and safety requirements and practices for RFPs and contracts have changed. Please consult them.
We believe that no economic incentive justifies endangering the health and lives of our employees and suppliers. As a result, we are making a concerted effort to improve workplace health and safety and aim to set the standard in this field.
Statement of Occupational Health and Safety Principles
For its 2017–2020 corporate OHS action plan, Hydro-Québec’s Direction - Santé et sécurité worked with a joint committee to draw up a statement of OHS principles: a unique and rallying document that would clearly lay out the company’s workplace health and safety guidelines and commitments.
In keeping with this statement, all Hydro-Québec employees, partners, managers and executives must carry out their work without jeopardizing their health and safety or that of others. The term “partner” includes Hydro-Québec’s contractors, their transporters, subcontractors and suppliers, as well as Hydro-Québec’s own suppliers.
Statement of principle [PDF 44 kB – in French only]
Guide of expectations for leadership in OHS [PDF 685 kB – in French only]
Worker health and safety are of prime importance at Hydro-Québec. All suppliers are therefore required to comply with the company’s health and safety standards.
- Work Safety Code 7th edition – Substations [PDF 590 kB – in French only]
- Work Safety Code 7th edition – Distribution [PDF 688 kB – in French only]
- Work Safety Code 7th edition – Generating stations [PDF 541 kB – in French only]
- Work Safety Code 7th edition – Transmission [PDF 518 kB – in French only]
Before starting work, suppliers are invited to watch this video on workplace health and safety at Hydro-Québec.
Supplier video: health and safety on the job
The first part of the video presents the general rules that apply to all contractors who work for Hydro-Québec, with a look at equipment inspections, benchmarking and the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved — workers, contractors and project owner. The second part is aimed at contractors whose work involves major risks like lockouts, working at heights, live-line work, working in confined spaces, or working with hazardous substances like asbestos or silica.
This presentation on our risk register explains how to complete the document as per our requirements. It includes detailed instructions and a sample register.
For more information on the risk register, visit the CNESST online. You’ll find online training capsules and various tools, including the risk register, to help you manage OHS.