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NERC holds Public Consultation on Health and Safety Code


The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has developed a health and safety code to ensure safety of equipment, utility workers and members of the public in general.

This was made known at a public consultation on Health and Safety Code, following the completion of the nine hundred and fifty page document, prepared by a codification committee comprising representatives of Generation Companies (GENCOs), Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Licensed Electrical Contractors of Nigeria ( LECAN) and the Ministries  of Power and Justice.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Dr. Sam Amadi, decried the incidences of deaths recorded so far,  informing the gathering that last year alone, the industry witnessed one hundred and two deaths resulting from electrocution with seventy two injuries. He also lamented fifty nine deaths with sixty injuries witnessed between January and July this year.

Amadi expressed the importance of carrying stakeholders along before the final approval of the document which is expected to become effective ninety days after approval. According to him, NERC will demand hundred per cent compliance.

‘’With the code in place, it is expected that the industry operators will set up health and safety activities in their companies. From now on, electrocution cases will no longer be treated lightly’’ Amadi said.

He further said that safety was not just about hardware, but about attitude.
‘’Consumers are to behave consciously, that way safety incidences will be minimised’’.

NERC Commissioners for Engineering Standards and Safety, and Legal, Licensing and Enforcement, Mary Awolokun and Steven Andzenge, spoke respectively that the Commission aims to ensure that Health and Safety is taken seriously at all times, and declared that NERC was duty bound to complete the process.

The health and safety code covers electricity supply lines, equipment and associated work practices employed by public and private electricity companies. It also includes utility facilities up to service points.
On the general rules, equipment shall be designed, constructed, operated and maintained to meet the requirements of the rules. It applies to new installations and extensions except that they may be waived or modified by the Commission whereupon safety shall be provided in other ways.

The code has five parts including a guide to evaluating safety programs, it also provides safety and industry best practices on workers safety, record-keeping, training and investigation.

Maryam Yaya Abubakar - Head, Media