GRIDCo Improves Employees’ Safety

BLAY PIXGhana Grid Company (GRIDCO) in a bid to im-prove safety and security, has procured two defibrillators for use in resuscitating staff in the case of emergency.

The Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCO, Mr. William Awuna, said training of staff to enable them to use the equipment for treating cardiac arrest had commenced, adding that five more of the equipment were expected to be procured to cover all their operational areas, namely Volta, Akosombo, Prestea, Takoradi, Kumasi, Techiman and Tamale.

This was contained in  a speech read on his behalf at a durbar to climax this year’s Safety and Health Week celebration here on Friday.

It was under the theme: “Creating and sustaining a health and safety culture.”

Other activities undertaken within the week included a 10-kilometre walk, medical screening exercise on blood pressure, body mass index, sugar level and education on the Ebola virus disease.

Mr. Awuna urged the safety coordinators from the operational areas to share their knowledge regarding the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety, and health module, which they recently participated in to create and sustain a good health and safety culture.

He said to help improve the health condition of staff, a clinic had been set up in a facility behind the Grid House in Tema, and a fully equipped gym and an eatery had been opened.

Mr. Awuna said to keep up with international safety standards in its operations and reduce accidents to the barest minimum, the company had commenced the occupational health and safety assessment series (OHSAS) 18001 certification process for its safety management system.

“We have already commenced the training of some staff who will act as lead auditors and internal auditors for the OHSAS 18001.”

The Director of Network Performance, Mr. Eric Asare, said as part of efforts to reduce accidents, personal protective equipment had been distributed to all staff, record keeping had been improved, and safety billboards were being erected.

The Techiman Operational Area came first in this year’s safety competition followed by the Tamale Operational Area, with Akosombo Operational Area taking the third position.

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