Health, Safety & Environment

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EKEDC OH&S Policy

EKEDC believes that the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) and Well-being of all employees is vital for business continuity. As such, it is in the best interest of EKEDC and all employees to unanimously ensure that Health & Safety and Well-being is integrated into all aspects of our operations.

Our Policy is aimed to

  • Prevent occupational injuries and occupational ill health or health risk to workers and surrounding communities whose health may be impacted by our activities.
  • Prevent damage to assets and minimize any negative impact on the environment.
  • Avoid or eliminate future liabilities.
  • Meet the requirements for demonstrable due diligence.
  • Pose zero harm to people
  • Comply with national and international occupational health and safety standards.
  • Continually improve HSE performance.
  • Provide stakeholder engagement with focus on “catch them young” by training children and communities on basic HSE training to improve safety culture.
  • Provide prompt accident notification, reporting and investigation.
  • Establish and maintain a healthy, safe and productive working environment.
  • Promote the protection of environment or environmental protection by removing all hazardous wastes and by proper housekeeping.

How we achieve these set objectives;

  • By carrying out safe working practices.
  • Providing appropriate training supervision and information to our employees to carry out their duties safely.
  • Regular inspection and monitoring of the activities within our network.
  • Complying with all regulations governing Health, Safety & Environment at the job site.
  • Taking expedient actions to correct or isolate unsafe conditions or work practices.
  • By promoting Health, Safety & Environment awareness
  • By having zero accident tolerance

Unsafe work practices by individual / communities that can often lead to accidents even in safe working environment include:

  • Market activities inside/around Transformers and RMUs
  • Spreading clothes in/on transformer/RMU installations
  • Tapping electricity illegally
  • Building on electrical installation right of way
  • Tampering with Transformers
  • Illegal connections/reconnections
  • Vandalism
  • Violence against staff

EKEDC HSE Contact details:

Phone number: 09029820142

Email address: hsereports@ekedp.com

Safety Nuggets

1. Use energy-saving LED bulbs for all your lighting and decrease your energy use as reasonably practicable.

2. Air conditioners use the most electricity in your home and make up a large part of your electricity bill. They consume more energy when the air filters are too dusty for them to work efficiently. Make an effort to clean and replace filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

3. Use small electric burners for small pots and large burner for large pots when cooking. Electricity is conserved when you cook.

4. Turn off all electrical appliances when not in use.

5. Replace old appliances such as washer, dryer and fridge with new, more energy efficient ones.

PLUGS AND ELECTRIC SOCKET

The following tips are for you to use when using plugs

  • Do not overload plugs – rather use an adaptor.
  • Do not pull a plug by the cord.
  • Switch the switch off at the wall socket, before pulling the plug out.
  • Do not connect electrical appliances to light sockets.
  • Ensure that all wall sockets have their switches in the “off” mode, when not in use.
  • Never put bare wires into sockets. • Do not stick fingers into sockets.
  • If there are babies in the house, ensure that wall sockets are covered with a safety cap, keeping the area safe for babies to play in

CORDS

  • Do not use frayed cords – replace worn and frayed cords on appliances immediately.
  • Keep cords well away from hot stoves and other hot surfaces.
  • Do not run electric cords under carpets and rugs.
  • Do not connect electrical appliances to light sockets.
  • Do not join cords with tape.
  • Do not run cords through hinges.
  • Do not run cords where people can easily trip over them.

WATER

  • Do not use electrical appliances in the bathroom.
  • Never touch electrical appliances with wet hands.
  • Never fill a kettle when it is plugged in.
  • Never mow wet grass with an electric lawnmower.
  • Never use water to put out an electrical fire.
  • Use a dry chemical fire extinguisher instead.

CORDS

1. Switch off the electricity at the mains. (Everybody in the house should know where the main switchboard is).

2. Cover your hands with dry rubber gloves or several layers of dry newspaper. If you touch the victim’s body with your bear hands you could also get shocked effort to clean and replace filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

3. If possible, switch off the electricity at the wall plug where the appliance causing the shock is plugged in, and unplug it.

4. If the victim is in contact with the appliance causing the shock, he/she must be removed as quickly as possible.

5. Push the victim away by using a broomstick or a chair. Make sure the broomstick is dry and that you are not touching any metal parts.

6. Get someone to call a doctor or ambulance service immediately. If this is not possible, start giving first aid as follows:

  • If the victim’s breathing has stopped or is not normal, apply mouth-to-mouth breathing and massage the heart immediately.
  • Treat any injuries that may have been caused by the victim falling. Do not smear ointment on any burn. Protect the burns from the air with sterilized bandages.

7. Get any electrical accident victim to a hospital or doctor as soon as possible, even if they say they are OK.

EKEDC HSE Contact details:

Phone number: 09029820142

Email address: hsereports@ekedp.com

Public Safety

Electrical Hazard Signs

This makes electrical hazard paramount.

Electrical hazard symbols are stylized with bold backgrounds and electrical hazard symbols to warn people that serious injuries can occur from burn, electric shocks, and hazards. Many electrical accidents happen globally, but with proper placement, these tragedies can be prevented. Electrical hazard signs and electrical hazard symbols are imperative in warning people that electrical hazards are probable while working and remind them to take the necessary steps to stay safe.

Types of Electrical Hazard Symbols

There are different kinds of electrical hazard symbols used on electrical hazard signs to provide people with information of what electrical accident can happen and what its probable outcome might be.

The common symbol for electricity is a lightning bolt.

Voltage or Shock Hazard Symbol This symbol can be identified by using a bolt or a bolt through a hand, which lets people know that injury or death can occur from nearby high-voltage electrical equipment.

Buried Cable Symbol
A bolt with an arrow pointed downward is used to identify buried cable signs.

Danger/Hazard (Universal)
A triangle with an enclosed exclamation point is the universal symbol for danger and sometimes hazard as well.

Electrical Shock hazard

Energized Circuit

Electric Fence

Warning Sign

Energized Circuit

Prohibition signs are used in areas to prevent people from walking into a danger zone. These signs are usually found in high-voltage areas such as substations or areas where high-voltage electricity is used.

High Voltage

  • When the wire size is too small for the current it will carry, it may cause heat and lead to fire.
  • Right wire sizes must be used for house wiring to avoid fire break and shocks.
  • Illegal connections can lead to electrocution.
  • Report any illegal connection you notice to EKEDP.
  • When there are illegal connections it can cause electrical tripping or affect the distribution transformer.
  • Illegal connection can lead unplanned power outage.

PLUGS AND ELECTRIC SOCKET

What is meter tampering?

According to NERC (Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission), meter tampering and bypass refers to interfering with meters such that the readings are not reflective of the actual electricity consumed by the customers.

  • Meter tampering poses significant safety dangers to the people involved in tampering, to members of the public, EKDC operational staff

Safety Hazards or Dangers of meter Tampering

  • When a meter is bypassed, any electrical switches or appliances can become energized, increasing the risk of shock in other areas of the premises.
  • The person involved in the tampering can be electrocuted because safety procedures will be compromised.
  • Meter tempering increases the likelihood of electrical fires.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Never tamper with any EKEDC equipment as only authorized EKEDC personnel may do so.
  • Report any form of meter tempering provided you see it or notice it to EKDC customer helpline or reach out to the nearest EKEDC office.

Dangers of Electric Cable Theft

  • Cutting electrical cables can expose you to high voltage electricity which can be fatal.
  • Unplanned power outage.
  • Loss of life
  • Damage to electrical equipment. (e.g transformer)
  • Explosion and fire outbreak.

Only an Authorized EKEDC personnel with a valid EKEDC ID card is allowed to work on electrical installation within our network.

Please report any suspicious activity to the police, at any EKEDC office or through our customer care line 07080655555 or email us at customercare@ekedp.com

EKEDC HSE Contact details:

Phone number: 09029820142

Email address: hsereports@ekedp.com

Right Of Way

  • Avoid carrying out trade activities close to transformers or under power lines.
  • Do not plant trees or construct buildings close to or under power lines and other installations
  • Staying under high tension power lines or transacting business activities near or under power facilities poses a serious danger to life and property.
  • In the event of line failure, the lives under the power lines are at great risk.
  • The mandatory safety rule is that the right of way distance of 5.5 meters, 15 meters and 25 meters must be observed on each side of the 11/33KV, 132KV and 330KV power lines respectively.
  • We are mandated by NESIS Regulations and NEMSA Directive dated 26th April 2017 to carry out disconnection of Electricity supply of defaulters.
  • EKEDC shall not be liable for any mishap caused by contact with power lines and other electrical equipment and installation due to Right of Way violation.
  • Please report any electrical hazards to us via: 09029820142 or send an email to hsereports@ekedp.com

EKEDC HSE Contact details:

Phone number: 09029820142

Email address: hsereports@ekedp.com

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