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At EDF Renewables North America, the Health and Safety of our team members is our first priority. We encourage you to spend 5-10 minutes during at least one meeting of your choice during the week discussing this topic with meeting attendees.

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My EDF Survey

Five more days to reach 95% participation!

There are still five days left to reach our North America participation rate goal (95%). We can do it!

EDF Renewables Mexico is leading the way at 93%!

Your opinions are important, so if you haven't yet, find your e-mail from ipsosurvey.com and take the survey.

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Here's how we're doing after three weeks (click chart for larger version):

2018 Performance Review Cycle - Action Required

The annual Performance Review cycle is officially launched. It is the objective of the Company Leadership and HR that all employees receive a written performance review to formally dialogue about their 2018 performance.

Many of you have completed this process in past years, but for those of you hired in 2018 this may be your first formal review process with EDF Renewables. To begin the process, you are asked to complete a Self-Review.

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You can access the Performance Review document through the link below or on ECRM.

You may begin your Self-Review at any time but please complete it and submit it to your manager by November 13th. Once you have completed your portion, send it to your immediate supervisor/manager. This process must be completed by all employees hired before December 1, 2018.  Employees hired after December 1st will receive a 90-day review from their manager.

While you are working on your Self-Review, your manager will also be thinking through your performance and thereafter, a meeting with your manager will be scheduled. All performance reviews are to be completed and turned into Human Resources no later than February 4, 2019.

Performance Ratings

Performance ratings use a 6-point scale.  You will see the 6-point scale when you complete your self-review form.

You will find the forms on the Human Resources ECRM page under the “Performance” tab.

Hyperlinks are included below for your convenience:

HR256 Performance Review Forms

If you have any questions, you may contact your manager or your HR Business Partner:

Cycle d’évaluation de la performance 2018 – Action requise

Cet avis lance officiellement le cycle d’évaluation de la performance annuel, où l'objectif de la Direction et des Ressources Humaines soit que tous les employés reçoivent une évaluation écrite de la performance afin de discuter de leur rendement pour l’année 2018.

Plusieurs d'entre vous ont complétés ce processus au cours des dernières années, mais pour les employés ayant été embauchés en 2018, il pourrait s’agir de votre premier processus de révision formel avec EDF Renouvelables Canada Inc. Pour débuter officiellement le processus, il vous est demandé de réaliser une auto-évaluation.

Cliquez pour consulter les instructions complètes et la chronologie

Vous pouvez accéder au document d'évaluation de la performance via le lien ci-dessous ou sur ECRM.

Vous pouvez débuter votre auto-évaluation à tout moment, mais veuillez le compléter et le soumettre à votre superviseur/gestionnaire au plus tard le 13 novembre. Une fois que vous avez terminé votre partie, vous devez l'envoyer à votre superviseur/gestionnaire immédiat. Ce processus devrait être complété par tous les employés embauchés avant le 1er décembre 2018.  Les employés embauchés après le 1er décembre 2018, devraient recevoir un entretien après 90 jours, avec leur superviseur/gestionnaire.

Pendant que vous y travaillez, votre superviseur/gestionnaire réfléchira également à votre performance et par la suite, une réunion avec celui-ci sera cédulée. Tous les entretiens annuels doivent être complétés et remis aux Ressources Humaines au plus tard le 4 février 2019.

Cotes d’évaluation

Les évaluations de performance utilisent une échelle de 6 points. Vous verrez l’échelle en 6 points lorsque vous remplissez votre formulaire d’auto-évaluation.

Vous trouverez les formulaires dans ECRM sous la page RH sous l’onglet “Performance”.

Les hyperliens sont inclus ci-dessous pour votre convenance :

HR256 Formulaire d’évaluation du rendement

Si vous avez des questions, vous pouvez contacter votre superviseur/gestionnaire ou le Responsable des Ressources humaines.

  • Lisa Carp, vice-présidente des ressources humaines (équipe de direction) 858-521-3320 Lisa.Carp@edf-re.com
  • Karen Wood, responsable des ressources humaines (entreprise, Grands Projets, et Solutions Décentralisées) 858-521-2923 Karen.Wood@edf-re.com
  • Cindy Stoik, directrice des ressources humaines Optimisation D’actifs (O & M et Production) 858-521-3518 Cindy.Stoik@edf-re.com
  • Laurence Lauzon, responsable des ressources humaines (Canada) 514-397-9997 # 3910 Laurence.Laurzon@edf-re.com

To view EDF Renewables US internal job postings go to your Dayforce, login and click careers!

For EDF Renewables Canada opportunities, contact Laurence Lauzon

For Distributed Solutions – East opportunities click HERE.

To view EDF Renewables Mexico opportunities click HERE.

EDF Renewables North America Mission Statement

New for 2018 and beyond...

As announced during the October 12 State of the Company, EDF Renewables has a new mission statement:

Delivering renewable solutions to lead the transition to a sustainable energy future.

Read about what's behind the mission statement below.

Click the image above to download a .pdf version.

OSHA Health & Safety Week 2018

EDF Renewables North America joins our EDF colleagues across Europe for a Week of Safety Initiatives

OSHA Health and Safety Week 2018 focuses on Proactive Reporting. 

Here are the five types of proactive reports – Good Catch, Near Miss, Notice of Unsafe Condition, Stop Work Authority, and Safety Improvement – and examples of each.

  • Good Catch: A hazard or situation that has been proactively recognized that could have been harmful to an employee, contractor, equipment or the environment, but was prevented.
    • While pre-inspecting fall protection equipment, employee discovers damage, red tags the equipment.
  • Notice of Unsafe Condition: A hazard or an event that could cause an accident, injury or property damage; an accident waiting to happen. For example:
    • Site roads have become slippery during bad weather.
    • A frayed electrical cord plugged in at your office.
  • Near Miss: An unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage – but had the potential to do so given a slight shift in time, distance or other variables. For example:
    • A forklift narrowly misses striking an onsite vehicle while backing.
  • Stop Work Authority: The ability and duty of all personnel to stop work, without fear of reprisal or reprimand, when an unsafe condition or act is observed that could affect the safety of personnel and/or the environment.
    • An employee observes another employee “piggybacking” on a forklift, in order to get across the shop.
  • Safety Improvement: A specific observation or idea intended to improve the safety of work practices and/or reduce the risk of work-related injury.
    • Recognizing that a lightweight wrench would cause less fatigue and therefore would be safer for use.
    • Ordering and posting reminder stickers to prevent propane tank valves being left in on position on forklift.

To report an incident, visit the HSE Center on ECRM or use this link to go directly to the Incident Report Form. Your contributions to the incident report database help provide a safer work environment companywide.

 

Values in Action: Integrity Lunch Insights are back starting November 1st

by Stephanie Sierra-Miller, Executive Assistant to Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO

Lunch Insights are back!

To attend a collaborative conversation about Integrity or get suggestions on how to use the materials with your teams register here to receive an invite to join in person or via WebEx.

If you're interested in being the Values Champion for your team, please contact Stephanie at (858) 521-3311 or stephanie.miller@edf-re.com.

EDF Renewables Recognizes Employees for SafeStart Stories

Announcing the September 2018 SafeStart story award winners for the O&M Group

SafeStart stories come from employees’ work and personal lives and encompass the SafeStart states and critical errors as important tools for others to learn from. Each month the SafeStart committee chooses four winners from the stories submitted that month. Winners are eligible to receive prizes.

Congratulations to the winners of the September SafeStart story award contest! Click below to read their stories.

Michael Hengesteg - Lucky it wasn't me, Lucky no one died

About 9 years ago, I was working on Gamesa G-87 turbines.  My partner and I had been tasked with performing uptower transformer maintenance for the day.  We went to our first turbine, loaded our tools in the elevator and left two LOTO locks with their keys hanging from the switch gear.

Once we got to uptower, we called for the switching crew to open the switchgear and shut off power to the turbine transformer.  Which they did, and applied the locks we had left down tower and kept the keys with them.  We did this so we did not have to climb down tower to get our keys and climb back up. This essentially was bypassing LOTO to avoid a climb.

Everyone assumed there's no way anyone would ever turn on the wrong transformer and this was the way it had "always been done."  This was how things proceeded at four other turbines that were also having work done on the transformer that day.

There was only one crew rushing around switching on and off the switchgears for the five uptower crews that were spread miles apart.

Sometime in the afternoon, my partner and I got a phone call to immediately come down tower;  we were in a safety standdown.

When we got back to the shop, we found out the thing that could never happen, did happen. The switching crew grabbed a set of keys unlocked the LOTO locks on a switchgear and lit up the transformer. It was the wrong one.

In a Gamesa turbine, the transformer is located in the back of the nacelle with a wall and locking doors, basically forming a "transformer room."  At the time the transformer was energized both technicians were in the transformer room.  One technician was near the front of the room sitting on the doorway next to the 34.5 kV side, the other technician was on the back 690V side.  An arc flash immediately occurred on the 34.5 kV side when the transformer was energized and threw the technician out of transformer room into the nacelle.  The switchgear tripped from the arc blast removing power from the transformer.  Enabling the technician in the backside, who was luckily unharmed, to help the hurt technician down tower.

The technician caught in the arc blast suffered 2nd degree burns on most of the upper front of his body.  He was able to make a full recovery.

It was just by a luck of the draw it wasn't me and my partner in the arc blast.  And a miracle that no one died.

Andrew Hixenbaugh - In the FACE!

After completing up tower work, and climbing down tower, I removed my safety glasses because they were fogged up, and I was about to drive the truck to the tower to get ready to load it, and I couldn’t see through fogged lenses. I moved the truck, and when I pulled the tray out, I didn’t see a bottle of foaming coil cleaner had made its way between the sliding tray and the door. I was complacent and rushing a little because we had a second tower to go to, and did not look for obstructions. The tray punctured the bottle, and a wall of coil cleaner sprayed into my face and eyes. I immediately started flushing with water bottles from the truck. As soon as my partner made it down, we went to the shop, notified the manager, and continued flushing my eyes in the eye wash station. My manager and lead tech contacted Axiom, and read through the SDS while I continued to flush my eyes. Both the SDS and Axiom said to see a physician immediately. My manager drove me to the emergency room. At the hospital, they had me shower to remove any contaminant from my body, and then they flushed my eyes for 30 minutes using Morgan lenses. Fun fact, Morgan lens irrigation was invented in Guantanamo bay as an “enhanced interrogation” technique. After the flush, they checked the pH of my eyes, and found they were still too high, so they did a second 30 minute flush. Once the pH was good, the doctor checked my eyes for chemical burns with dye and a light. There were no burns. They released me with instructions to follow up with an opthalmologist. This could have been much worse. I could have permanently lost my vision, or been hit with shrapnel from the bottle.

Christopher Lenda - Duck Hunting Debacle

Duck hunting season, and fall in general, is that one time of year I start looking forward to as soon as it has passed. It’s one opportunity each year to really relax, forget about work and everything else stressful in life, and just be….

Every year, several friends from around the country and I meet up for a few days in a different state to get our ducks. This particular year we were meeting in Montana, in a tiny little town far from anywhere. After a hearty breakfast at a local diner that still had its original 1950’s booths, we headed out for the day.

It was early October, and the morning was very cool. Not cold enough to need a full coat, but not warm enough to go without a jacket. The sky was beautiful, there were a lot of birds overhead, and we knew we would fill our take limits without issue. We parked our pickups at the edge of a farmer’s field who we knew and had given us permission to hunt on his property. The field bordered a slow moving portion of the river and was an ideal location for the hunt. The mood was light as we let the dogs out and started unpacking and moving things to the water’s edge.

We spent most of the day in boats or in blinds chatting, snacking and just generally enjoying ourselves. Around late afternoon, we had all filled our limits and were getting tired, and decided to call it a day. As we moved things back to the trucks I could tell we were all worn down but also very content with the day.

All of us being experienced hunters of many varieties, and also manly men, we had not conducted any type of safety discussion and I think we all assumed that everybody was doing their part in being safe. We didn’t have any issues while hunting, as we all understood the potential ramifications of a negligent discharge or not being situationally aware.

As we were putting the last of the gear away, we all did one final check of our shotguns before beginning to case them back up. I checked mine twice, verifying it was empty, then closed the bolt. My partner passed me his to put into his case while he wrangled his dog. I assumed that he had conducted the proper clearance check of his own gun, and having my own hands full I laid his gun on the tailgate.

As soon as I did, the gun discharged. The immediate silence that followed was deafening as the magnitude of what had just happened settled in. Fortunately, it fired off safely into the open field and nobody was hurt, other than the pride of the gun's owner and myself.

In replaying the situation on the ride home, we both realized how complacent we had been. I assumed he had checked his weapon before giving it to me, and he assumed I would check it as a fundamental part of responsible gun handling. We were both fatigued from the long drive over, followed by an early morning and long day in the field, and were both rushing to some extent trying to get things packed before dark. Finally, neither of us had our mind on task, as he was focused on his dog and I was focused on packing, which nearly led to someone being in the line of fire.

This could have easily been much worse. Had somebody, human or dog, been standing in front of the gun when it discharged they very well could have been killed. There would have been equipment damage had the gun discharged inside the vehicle. Had we been contacted by law enforcement during a traffic stop, the finding of a loaded weapon certainly would not have gone well for us.
Fortunately, things turned out well and we all learned a valuable lesson.

Justin Landau - A Beautiful View

It was a beautiful 75 degree day outside, I was inside preparing lunch when I heard the roar of multiple F-16 fighter jets overhead. This meant either one of two things. We were either under attack in Kansas or the US Air Force Thunder Birds were in town for the annual air show.

Having gone to the air show with the anticipation of seeing the Thunder Birds the day before, my son and I had left in disappointment because of a low ceiling making it so they could not fly. We knew they were flying the next day. After hearing the roar of the jets overhead we knew it was time, we went out to the front yard to observe.

We got the dog and went and sat in the bed of our pick-up where we had a good view. We noticed that two houses down, our neighbor had gotten a ladder out of his garage so he could get a “beautiful view”. He put the ladder up against the side of his house. He then grabbed his two year old daughter in one arm and started heading up the ladder. The jets roar by again, I nudged my son and said, remember “BOO BOO Bandits”, he shook his head yes. We then saw the neighbor rushing to get up the ladder, the ladder was uneven and was starting to fall. He then positioned the ladder again getting frustrated, and tried going up, his daughter still in his arm. This time it worked, he scurried up the ladder, got to the top, and then proceeded to get to the very top of the angled roof. He took a seat and started to watch the air show with his daughter.

The show finished and the neighbor’s wife came outside to see what was going on. Needless to say she did not look very pleased at what she witnessed with her two year old on top of the house with her husband. Both of them came off the roof while the wife held the ladder. This was a happy ending but because of the states of rushing and frustration, not to mention just plain old common sense, the outcome could have been a lot worse. This neighbor put himself and his daughter in the line of fire and a lack of balance, traction and grip, not to mention brains, could have made the outcome even worse.

This was a nice teaching opportunity for me to give to my son on critical errors that can increase injury risks.

More information on the prizes and program is available at the links below. To learn more about SafeStart, check out the SafeStart page on ECRM.

To read all submitted stories, check out the SafeStart Story Collection here. Your HSE team encourages you to use them as safety moments to start meetings.

Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

By Kevin Brown, Information Security Analyst

Our day-to-day life depends on the country’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors running like a well-oiled machine. Have you ever thought of the consequences a disruption of the networks and systems managing the nation’s energy, financial services, communications or even transportation sectors would have? The results would be catastrophic. As technology has advanced, these systems have become increasingly dependent on the Internet for the greater management and control it provides, which makes the prospect of disruptions a real and troubling possibility.

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The traditional focus of most hackers has been on software, historically criminals have monetized the exploitation of anything of value. As the operational technology (OT) and supporting industrial control systems (ICS) have become more integrated into our Internet connected systems, malicious hacking activity targeting these systems has increased significantly. In times past, criminals had to establish a physical presence or compromise some group with local access, but that is no longer the case. The contributing factor to the exponential growth in these attacks is the ability for attackers to target systems such as power plants and communications systems, without having to step foot into the local facility.

What did that growth look like? Below is a brief glimpse from a report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s ICS-CERT cybersecurity response team in early 2017.

Of the 290 incidents reported in 2016: • 63 were in the Critical Manufacturing Sector • 62 in the Communications Sector • 59 in the Energy Sector 16

The number one risk to the critical infrastructure based on these reports comes as no surprise; it is same for the traditional environment. Phishing represented just under 30% of the reported incidents. The OT/ICS environment is not well-suited to defend against this due to older and uniquely developed systems or applications not originally designed with security in mind. In addition, many of the security mechanisms on normal IT networks can impair OT and ICS systems as badly as a cyberattack. The stakes are much higher when it comes to failures in the OT network, because a disruption of critical infrastructure components could result in human casualties or lost production for large, costly, physical assets. Security and safety concerns are uniquely intertwined in this environment. This means that we must put as much effort into the prevention of these incidents as we do the cure.

Protection of our critical infrastructure seems like it is an issue only for those directly charged with managing and defending it. That couldn’t be further from the truth, because of a computer networking concept called lateral movement. Lateral movement refers to the various techniques attackers use to progressively spread through a network as they search for key assets and data. Lateral movement usually involves activities related to reconnaissance, credential stealing, and infiltrating other computers. Compromising a valid user gives attackers a quieter and more elusive way to achieve this goal. In many ways, the lateral movement attack phase represents the biggest difference between today’s strategic, targeted attacks and the simplistic smash-and-grab attacks of the past.  Doing it successfully takes the guesswork out of network and organizational hierarchy, allowing attackers to pinpoint their potential victims – who are almost always those with privileged or specialized access (e.g., executives, administrators, or SCADA engineers). What can we do to avoid becoming an unwilling cog in this mechanism?

When in doubt, throw it out. Links in emails, text messages, or online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to access our systems. The most common method of attacking industrial control systems are attachments, those unassuming word processing or PDF document could contain malware that launches as soon as the file is opened. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best report it to the Service Desk or the Cybersecurity Department.

Lock down your login. Usernames and passwords are not the most secure form of authentication, but they are the most prevalent. In the absence of more secure methods we must strengthen our passwords by ensuring they coincide with organizational policy. Applying authentication tools - like security keys, or unique one-time codes through an app on your mobile device are very helpful in increasing security.

Safer for me, more secure for all. Establishing good security habits can extend to every aspect of your life. If everyone does their part - implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees - our interconnected world will be safer, more resistant to attacks and more resilient if an attack occurs.

Keep a clean machine. Keep all software on internet-connected devices, including personal computers, smartphones and tablets, current to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware. Technology is constantly evolving, as are the tactics cybercriminals use to match it. As defenders and practitioners, we are always playing catch-up, so we must do all that we can to ensure we make the job harder for attackers.

Maintain separation. By design the OT/ICS environment is logically separated from the regular IT computing environment. That should be maintained at all costs, introducing data from the IT environment would be courting risk. The major offense is using removable storage devices (thumbs drives, external hard drives) to move data back and forth between these environments.

Both the likelihood and consequences of cyberattacks to OT/ICS components continue to grow for modern industrial operations. While current advances in OT/ICS cybersecurity are impressive, new approaches are needed to gain a defensive advantage over already-capable cyber adversaries, to keep up with new OT/ICS technologies, and to serve business risk management needs in increasingly demanding, competitive environments. Cyber threats to our critical infrastructure can be underestimated while the effectiveness of software-based security measures are often overestimated. Well-informed users bring balance to this equation and are arguably the best tool we have when it comes to combating these threats.

Want to know more about the types of attacks seen in OT/ICS infrastructures? Head to this link.

Project Tracker - A New Application

By Ed Jones, Director, Enterprise Architecture 

As announced in the State of the Company, the EDF Renewables IT Software Engineering Team has released a new application The Project Tracker aimed to centralize project related metadata.

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Click HERE to access the Project Tracker home page.

A Project Tracker Champions Committee has been established with representatives of each project phase:

  • Cliff Graham: Development - Feasibility & Development - Mid Stage
  • Benoit Rigal: Development - Advanced Stage & Implementation
  • Dan Summa: Operational - Generation
  • Dalen Copeland: Operational - 3rd Party O&M

The core functionality of the application is complete and now we need your help to ensure data accuracy and completeness. To do so, the Project Tracker Champions Committee have defined Phase Leaders to act as the point of contact and responsible party for the key fields.

  • Development Managers: Development - Feasibility & Development - Mid Stage
  • Program Managers: Development - Advanced Stage & Implementation
  • Asset Managers: Operational - Generation
  • Customer Account Managers: Operational - 3rd Party O&M

The key fields defined by the Project Tracker Champions can be accessed from the Saved Views in the left navigation:

To learn more, download the Project Tracker User Guide available on the ECRM IT Support site.

2018 EDF Pulse Internal Award Winners Visit Montreal

North Region State of the Company Watch Party

by Kate O'Hair, VP, Development - North

When it's time to watch the State of the Company, the North Region throws a party complete with donuts.

EDF Renewables Commissions Over 100 MWp Solar in Israel

Press Release

Pduyim (14 MWp) Solar Power Plant

EDF Renewables in Israel is announcing the commissioning of five solar photo voltaic facilities with installed capacity totaling 101 MWp.

These new solar facilities contribute to meeting the objectives of EDF’s CAP 2030 plan which aims at doubling its worldwide renewable energy capacity between 2015 and 2030 up to 50 GW.

Read the full press release HERE.

In Case You Missed It…

Important Reminders from Past Wires

Procurement Related Policy Training is Starting Back Up!

We are now ready to start back up to complete the PTP (Procure to Pay) Policy series of training and wrap it all up by the end of this year.

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