Ikeja Electric Plc, Nigeria’s largest electricity distribution company has bagged the ISO 9001 & OHSAS 18001 International Certification, as a mark of its commitment to safety, quality management of materials and resources.
Speaking on the certification, the Company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, explained that with this achievement, Ikeja Electric Plc becomes the first and only company in the Power Sector to receive this highly-prized OHSAS 18001 Certification; an attestation to our dedication and passion for sustainable safety culture and excellence. Saying that with the ISO 9001 certification, the company is also the first Electricity Distribution Company to set up Business Improvement Models with customer focus in Nigeria, in line with international best practices.
He attributed the achievement of the company’s in this respect to the new innovations on safety compliance permit, Safety Code (10 Commandments) just like the lifesaving rules, Reward system for safety Compliance, Top management commitment and involvement in safety activities, Training and the use of quality materials at all time in its daily operations especially the maintenance and replacement of obsolete electrical items in the system.
“The new innovations which we have put in place has enabled the company win various awards including Best HSE Practicing Company, Power, and Utility at 9jaSafe Hall of Fame Award – 2015; Best Health and Safety Initiatives in Nigeria at the Nigerian Risk Award – 2016; Merit Award for Outstanding Commitment to Health, Safety & the environment at 9jaSafe Hall of Fame Award – 2016, Health & Safety Recognition Award by the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISE) – 2016” he said.
Ofulue said as a responsible organization, the safety standard and training is not limited to IE staff but to customers and other stakeholders, especially the Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria, who are certified to carry out installations of electrical items in various communities especially the wiring of buildings, to ensure compliance with safety standard and also to assist in reminding IE customers of some basic guidelines that will help save lives at all time.
According to him, the company has partnered with many reputable companies to ensure adequate training for most workers in the company, in ensuring ISO safety standard as it will assist to prevent accident during their daily operations.