DOMLEC aims for world class safety standards by 2020

Dave Stamp, Acting DOMLEC GM

Acting General Manager of Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC), Dave Stamp has identified safety and health of DOMLEC customers and staff as the company’s number one priority with the goal of obtaining world class safety levels in Dominica by 2020.

He spoke at the opening ceremony of DOMLEC’S Heath, Safety and Environment Month on Friday, May 3rd at DOMLEC’S engineering complex conference room in Fond Cole.

“Safety is our number one priority at DOMLEC. The health and safety of our staff, our customers and indeed the general public is of paramount importance to us. We sincerely believe that all accidents and injuries are preventable and therefore with this in mind, it is our goal to achieve world class safety levels by the year 2020,” he said.

“One critical aspect of this noble aspiration is the assurance that all of the above stakeholders are aware and therefore will be in a position to take on this journey with us,” Stamp added.

The DOMLEC official went on to say that significant focus is placed on the youth of Dominica in order for a safer environment.

“You will note that there has been a significant focus on the youth and this is evident by the number school visits included in the month wide list of activities. We believe that the influencing of the minds of the youth and the achievement of their buying will be an essential…action towards the ultimate vision of an in grained safety culture throughout the length and breadth of the Commonwealth of Dominica.”    

He added, “Other key focus areas… which we are focusing on is the full upgrade and implementation of our safety management systems at DOMLEC and also a continuation of the increased focus on our contractor’s safety via the contractor safety program.”

Stamp said there is no service, emergency, or job that is more important than to act safely and take care of the environment.

Claudia Brumant

Meantime, Acting Human Resource Manager of DOMLEC, Claudia Brumant said their systems are being developed to provide better service quality to Dominicans.

“As an organization we look to the challenges of safety, health and wealth and continue to develop solutions and implement management systems that drive productivity and profitability and at the same time enhance service quality in an efficient and effective manner,” Brumant stated.

She continued, “No one can do it alone. So, we need to look out for each other as we work together…that will benefit the employee and the organization. We need today more than ever before, a collaborative understanding of the power, purpose and value a safety culture. A key to this shared understanding is the education of our employees on health and safety matters, a shared vision, commitment and consistency in management leadership on health and safety issues.” 

This month of activities will include health benefits to customers where they will be given awareness and encouragement to monitor and take responsibility for their own health; technical personnel from DOMLEC will visit primary schools as well as Radio power talk shows for the general public on the importance of safety. Game nights, prize giving competitions, sports competition and projects among others will also be included for DOMLEC’S employees.

The theme for this year’s Health, Safety and Environment Month is “Your safety, Your Health, Your Wealth”

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 7, 2019

    That is nothing more than hog-wash nonsensical rhetoric  emanating from the mind of someone with nothing significant to talk about.
    In the generation, and distribution of electric power; safety is paramount,  where it pertains the employees mainly the workers involved in the process.

    The linesmen, and women too; if women are employed in the field; this talk about customer safety is baloney.

    As long as the electricity is delivered to the service entrance panel where is should pass through barkers designed to trip in case a short develops in the system, or there is a surge greater than the amperage the breakers can sustain.
    The only safety  after that is left with the home owner; inside of their homes, and unless someone stock a bit of metal into an electrical, and get electrocuted I doubt a DOMLEC can protect a customer from any unanticipated electrical issues in the home.
    One safety measure that can be added in the home is the utilization of “GFI” (Ground Fault…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 7, 2019

      This is a bit of information directed to the two idiots who gave me thumbs down!

      You see I am an Electronic/Electrical Engineer, in addition to that say I am an electrician also: I know what I am talking about, hence the following might be the most effective safety measures that can be taken to protect the home owner, and business owners from electric shock!

      Just because people are in a paid position does not mean everything they say makes sense.

      When people do not know better, they believe every crap they hear!

      Ground fault interrupters are designed to protect from electrical shock by interrupting a household circuit when there is a difference in the currents in the load: “hot” and neutral wires.

      Such a difference indicates that an abnormal diversion of current from the “hot” wire is occurring.

      Such a current might be flowing in the ground wire, such as a leakage current from a motor or from capacitors.

    • carlty
      May 8, 2019

      Actually, safety is paramount in ALL aspects of electrical power. Not just distribution, but management at the home, in businesses, in school etc. Domlec can indeed protect people with the necessary information on electrical power use and management. Things to look out for if you are having electrical issues, is it hazardous or harmless? Grounding issues, overheating, tripping breakers, dead outlets, bulbs burning frequently, flickering lights, sparking in adapters or extension cords, a lot of people infer that the issues are faulty appliances when sometimes it’s far worse. I myself had issues that I just thought “they don’t make anything to last anymore” until my main switch blew, only to find out, there was some faulty wiring. I know people’s whose houses burnt because of electrical issues they didn’t even know about. What they can do is engage all, media personnel, schools, businesses and so information can be shared.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        May 8, 2019

        “What they can do is engage all, media personnel, schools, businesses and so information can be shared. ”

        All well and god but the safety measures I spoke about is the ultimate alternative; once the measures I spoke about is adapted and becomes mandatory, there will be no need to engage in all as you suggest.

        The measure I suggest is already international, if such are not recognized, known in Dominica, might all be due to our backwardness!

        What about audio Smoke detectors which even recognizes Co2  and alarm “fire, fire, fire; and wake one who is asleep in case there is an electrical fire, or fire not cause by electrical shortage! 

        Such have become standard in every home and business places all over the developed world; the bunch of nonsense, that man is talking is simple as a result of our backwardness.

        These Smoke alarm, and fire detectors can be hard-wired in, or there are some that simply battery operated!

        • carlty
          May 10, 2019

          Okay, fine then. Let us say we agree with you and adapt these “international standards that have already been adopted in other countries that we are ‘backwards’ on”. How have these help with the ignorance (used in the context of they do not know) of persons in terms of management of electricity? How often do you hear, these same forward-thinking countries have had fires because simply someone didn’t know this was an issue, or doing that would cause a problem, or this may be a risk. You can never stop educating an informing people, especially your customers on the right way to do things. An electrician, don’t you give your clients advice on best practices? I see you quoted my final statement, but quote my first as well safety is paramount in ALL aspects of electrical power. Not just distribution, but management at the home, in businesses, in school etc.

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