Occupational Health and Safety

At Copel, people’s health and safety is a fundamental factor of success and organizational longevity and, for this reason, it is contemplated by the top leadership as a Company strategy, having as its main performance goal of caring for people’s health, safety and quality of life the severity rate of accidents involving employees and contractors. This goal is unfolded and monitored in the management commitment of all areas of the Company.

The Occupational Health and Safety Policy supports and guides the construction of a healthy and safe work environment for everyone. It aims to maintain and improve the preventive systemic approach in order to eliminate dangers and reduce risks, with the objective of preventing accidents and ensuring safe and healthy working conditions, and protecting the human rights of employees and contractors.

This process allows employees and managers to participate and be agents in the construction of actions for continuous improvement in the protection and promotion of safety, health, and well-being for all.

In this way, all employees and managers develop, together with their regular activities, a routine of care with safety, so as to ensure that no service is performed outside of Copel’s existing procedures. This is reflected in the continuous improvement of programs and processes related to the theme.

In a corporate manner, policies, norms, instructions and programs that apply to the entire Company are implemented. The wholly-owned subsidiaries that make up the group, for having different characteristics of activities, develop programs and actions directed to their business.

The care with the theme is coordinated by employees of the company’s own staff, with professionals from the Specialized Services in Safety Engineering and Occupational Medicine (SESMT). It is noteworthy that, the Management System in Health and Safety is composed of a series of documents of policies, norms, procedures and programs that observe the best market practices, as well as the applicable standards and norms, supported by the legislation Ordinance 3.214 of June 8, 1978 and Federal Law No. 6.514 of December 22, 1977. Its main elements are:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Policy
  • Risk Management Program – PGR
  • Occupational Health Medical Control Program – PCMSO
  • Health and Safety norms and instructions
  • Occupational Medicine Norms and Instructions

It is worth noting that 100% of our own and outsourced employees are covered by an occupational safety management system.

Safety inspections and checks are carried out periodically to reduce the risk of accidents, as well as verify compliance with contractual clauses related to the topic.

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Occupational Health and Safety Policy

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Occupational Health and Safety Management Programs

Copel’s programs of management in health and safety at work aim at keeping the work environment safer, preventing accidents and occupational diseases by means of the identification of possible risks, analysis of the environment where they manifest themselves and the creation of action plans for prevention, mitigation or elimination of these risks. For this purpose, Copel maintains the Health and Safety Management System, highlighting the Risk Management Programs (PGR) and the Medical Control of Occupational Health Program (PCMSO), which are feedbacked and consider aspects related to the different regulatory standards, activities, hazards and environmental risks for each job, function or activity developed in the company’s units, focusing on the identification of possible injuries and aggravations caused by these risks and, consequently, affecting the workers’ health and safety.

Risk Management Program

The Risk Management Program (PGR) aims to manage risks, evaluate processes, and propose, by means of an action plan, solutions to prevent accidents that might put the worker’s safety and physical integrity at risk, avoid occupational risks that might originate at work; identify the dangers and possible injuries or health hazards; evaluate the occupational risks, indicating the risk level; classify the occupational risks to determine the need to adopt prevention measures; implement prevention measures, according to the risk classification; monitor the control of occupational risks.

The mapping of hazards and risks is carried out by means of the Risk Inventory, which makes up the PGR – Risk Management Program, using the criteria of severity, probability, employee exposure, effectiveness of existing controls, and concentration. The Risk is graded as:

  • Negligible (Insignificant): at this level it is not necessary to implement new controls.
  • Acceptable (Insignificant): at this level it is not necessary to implement new controls, it is recommended to evaluate the possibility of implementing more controls in order to reach the Negligible level.
  • Moderate (Significant): at this level it is important to implement controls to reduce the risks, aiming at least at the Negligible or Acceptable level.
  • Substantial (Significant): at this level, controls must be implemented to reduce risks, aiming at the Acceptable level.
  • Unacceptable (Significant): at this level, the activity cannot be performed until controls are implemented, reaching at least the Substantial level, and then new measures must be implemented seeking to reach the Despicable or Acceptable level.

The process is conducted by the safety area in conjunction with the employees and/or CIPA. All professionals in the safety area are technically qualified for hazard and risk analysis and instruct employees in the methodology before the assessment process begins.

The measures proposed to minimize the hazards and risks are inserted in the Action Plan, which is also part of the Risk Management Program, and are followed up in the Critical Analysis Meetings, which occur periodically.

For the prioritization and integration of the action plans, the risks are assessed, following the methodology of probability versus severity and exposure, through the risk inventory (one of the items that make up the RMP). According to the results, action plans are created, prioritizing the risks with the highest scores. This way, the risks are mitigated, which impacts on the reduction of work accidents and the consequent reduction of the values of the indicators related to this theme.

Occupational Health Medical Control Program

The Medical Control Program of Occupational Health (PCMSO) has as its main objectives: the promotion and preservation of the health of all of the company’s employees, besides establishing the obligatory and periodicity of the medical evaluations, complementary exams, and medical-administrative conducts to be taken.

The health actions are coordinated in a continuous way together with the occupational safety engineering professionals and, by analyzing the environmental dangers and risks raised and registered in the electronic management system, it is established the obligatory and periodicity of the medical evaluations, complementary exams, and medical-administrative conducts, seeking to prevent, to prevent, track, and diagnose early changes in health status, mainly resulting from the nature of the work, as well as to determine the conditions of physical and mental fitness of the employee to safely perform their duties, both for themselves and in relation to colleagues, third parties, and the community, in addition to situations that may have future repercussions on their working capacity and quality of life.

One of the focuses of occupational health is the monitoring of problems to workers’ health, which can lead to occupational illnesses. To this end, mechanisms are used to previously identify people at risk of becoming ill at work or who have important health changes, such as: mapping the results of periodic exams and preventive exams, monitoring and analyzing absenteeism and special assessment for behavioral changes and productivity.

The screened data is intended for medical evaluation or nursing guidance and monitoring and can result in various actions such as: temporary medical restriction, professional rehabilitation, investigation of occupational disease or referral to health and quality of life programs.

Once a disease is identified whose cause may be related to the work activities developed, after the initial investigation stage with complementary exams and specialized medical evaluation, such data are associated with social and ergonomic evaluation, whenever necessary, confirming (or ruling out) the causal link for the employee and ensuring that such risk factors are remedied for a safe return to work and even for other colleagues in similar conditions, besides the correct registration of the case, guaranteeing all the worker’s rights.

Finally, the actions of the PCMSO during the year are statistically analyzed in search of points of attention and even correction of the actions to promote the health of all its workers.

Risk Hunting Program

The purpose of the Risk Hunt program is to consult and involve the workers in the survey of potential accident risks in Copel’s internal and external environments and to help the areas and entities involved in work safety with regard to the planning, execution, follow-up, and costs of the actions planned and adopted to solve the potential risks found. The management of these risks is carried out by CIPA representatives who create an action plan to mitigate and eliminate them.

Internal Commission for Accident Prevention and Sexual Harassment

The Internal Commission for the Prevention of Accidents and Sexual Harassment (CIPA), altered by MTP Ordinance No. 4,219 of December 20, 2022, is composed of representatives of the employer and employees, with the objective of promoting the prevention of accidents and work-related illnesses, in order to contribute to a safe and healthy work environment focused on the preservation of life, the promotion of worker health, and the fight against sexual harassment. This is a requirement of the Brazilian legislation, foreseen in Federal Law 13.174/2001.

Prioritization and Action Plans

The company has an internal regulation that deals with prioritization and action plans on occupational health and safety.

This standard establishes rules for Occupational Health and Safety in order to prevent accidents and guarantee the integrity of the workforce within the scope of Companhia Paranaense de Energia – Copel (Holding) and its wholly-owned subsidiaries – SIs (direct and indirect), hereinafter referred to as Copel, respecting their corporate procedures, and defines technical procedures aimed at eliminating or controlling the factors that can lead to the occurrence of incidents, accidents and/or occupational illnesses by identifying critical activities, hazards, risks and ways of blocking them. 

All work must be carried out safely through planning, organization and training, the use of appropriate equipment, the use of suitable and up-to-date working methods, competent supervision, awareness, commitment and correct attitudes on the part of the workforce. 

All activities will only begin when occupational health and safety conditions are met, and the workforce is guaranteed the right to postpone the activity. 

The practice of occupational safety, health and quality of life must be disseminated as an essential activity for the entire workforce. 

Hazards and risks must be identified on an ongoing basis through the Risk Management Program (RMP), which can be implemented by operational unit, sector or activity, containing at least a risk inventory and action plan. 

In the case of contracting, contractors who have their own procedures may use them, provided they are approved by the occupational safety department. 

The procedures must be disseminated to the workforce involved and be kept up to date and available in easily accessible media, making up, along with the other occupational health and safety instructions, the safety service orders provided for in NR01¹. 

All employees must receive instructions on precautions to prevent accidents at work or occupational illnesses, in accordance with NR01¹. 

Procedures must be monitored for compliance with occupational health and safety requirements. 

The inspection must be recorded in a specific system, including proposals for mitigation actions, where appropriate. mitigation actions, where appropriate. 

¹ NR01 stands for Regulatory Standard 01 and is a safety standard issued by the Brazilian government through the Ministry of Labor and Employment.

Actions from Copel Distribuição

As a way of ratifying the importance of occupational health and safety at Copel Distribuição, the consolidation of the culture of safety, health and quality of life must be aligned with the Company’s values and the expectations of the stakeholders.

Actions from Copel Geração e Transmissão

Guided by the occupational health and safety policy, Copel Geração e Transmissão (Copel GeT) has as a guideline that everyone is responsible for safety and understands that all accidents can be avoided.

Accident Data


Companhia Paranaense de Energia

Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR)


The indexes were calculated for every 1,000,000 hours worked, and no worker was excluded from the calculation.




By Company

Methodology: NBR 14.280, Regulatory Standard for Work Accident Registration issued by the Brazilian government through the Ministry of Labor and Employment.

Compania Paranaense de Energia

YearEmployee typeFRGRNumber of deaths

FR – Frequency Rate

GR – Severity Rate

Copel Comercialização

YearEmployee typeFRGRNumber of deaths


Copel Distribuição

YearEmployee typeFRGRNumber of deaths


Copel Geração e Transmissão

YearEmployee typeFRGRNumber of deaths
2018Own                2.66              32.260
2018Hired                4.14        1,868.131
2019Own                1.24                9.060
2019Hired                4.59        1,809.061
2020Own                0.87                2.180
2020Hired                9.25        2,058.631
2021Own                0.45              0.900
2021Hired               10.99            98.890
2022Own                1.48              2.180
2022Hired               11.53          250.680
2023Own                1.53              7.660
2023Hired               75.72          4.486.570


Copel Holding

YearEmployee typeFRGRNumber of deaths

FR – Frequency Rate        GR – Severity Rate