Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) said it is targeting zero fatality by launching a professional Quality Health, Safety and Environment Academy (QHSE) to deepen its culture of safety among employees and also eliminate the risk of fatality arising from electricity accidents in its network.
In a statement by the Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, the academy is an intensive and highly impactful empowerment initiative developed as part of the company’s long term sustainable knowledge and expertise transfer program designed to empower passionate and dedicated staff who have indicated interest in becoming Safety Ambassadors for the company.
According to Head QHSE, Engr. Jamiu Badmos, the initiative will promote and enhance effective succession planning, through provision of a pool of well trained, articulate, competent and qualified staff.
“As a forward-thinking and innovative organization, Ikeja Electric is building a sustainable HSE programme that is first of its kind in the sector. These trainees will add the robust Health, Safety and Environment knowledge to their in-depth understanding of the power sector. The 50 staff will become safety ambassadors for the company.
“The advantage this offers is that in case of any incidence these well-trained individuals can assist or even prevent the incidence from happening. The classes are interesting and the graduates at the end of the training will have certificates from Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the largest HSE body in Europe; another certification from the Lagos State Safety Commission, the regulator body for safety in Lagos State in addition to the certificate from Ikeja Electric,” he stated.
Engr. Jamiu noted that the Academy is attended by staff across the various cadre. According to him, the class holds every Saturday with interesting practical sessions that enable learning.