BPC launches safety and health programme

BPC workers during the Safety health and Environmemnt programme launch. Pic Christinah Motlhabane
BPC workers during the Safety health and Environmemnt programme launch. Pic Christinah Motlhabane

FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) customer services manager, Petros Mosholombe says the absence of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) measures have undesirable effects on the national economy.

He was speaking at the launch of the Corporation’s SHEQ programme here on Friday.

Mosholombe said the absence of safety in a work place has potential to have undesirable consequences such as disabling injuries, which will result in absence from work and compensation to the injured.

He said that these undesirable impacts have the potential to impact on the national economy considering BCP’s strategic position in the country.

“Therefore, we cannot afford to be found lacking in this respect as the country and future generations depend on us to do the right thing,” Mosholombe said.

BPC SHEQ Manager Joseph Phalalo echoed Mosholombe’s sentiments, saying the SHEQ management system is intended to avoid all incidents, which could adversely affect the corporation from achieving its mandate.

“Our mandate as the corporation is to generate, transmit and distribute electricity to the nation in a sound and environmentally friendly manner,” he said.

He explained that SHEQ, like all other programmes, cannot be achieved if they do not collectively put mechanism and systems in place to periodically evaluate its performance.

In addition; training, motivation and supervision need to be applied in every employee of BPC to prevent accidents, he advised.

He also noted that they are in the process of procuring SHEQ software solution to improve on real time SHEQ related information and reporting.

“We will also run SHEQ workshops to empower SHEQ appointees, I must of course say that the Budget is quite limited, but we will try to work within the financial envelope allocated to us,” he said.

For his part, the BPC Manager of Network & Supply, Bushe Kula emphasised that SHEQ has become a critical issue in their organisation as they have now entrenched in strategic agenda for various business unit as corporate value ‘zero harm.’

He expressed his gratitude to the Northern region for its past safety achievements saying that for the past two years, they have had no fatal or disabling injury reported.

 “Despite the corporation’s financial doldrums and dire straits we have stood and test the time”, he said.

 He added that the cooperation will continue to uphold the highest standards of safety and this must be embraced by all within the cooperation to avoid giving any impressions that could lead assumptions such as the resent claim that Morupule B is about to explode.

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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