In 2009, K-Electric adopted an unwavering commitment to excellence in Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) when it established the Corporate HSEQ Department in the Organization. The Company HSEQ manual was developed as a primary guideline, with subsequent procedures issued from time to time. Emergency Response Plans and Business Continuity Plans developed. regular evacuation drills are conducted to cultivate awareness amongst employees.
The organization continues to enhance its HSEQ processes, with safety being part of employees’ annual appraisal. Additionally, Executive Committee meetings are held to address key Safety performance / issues at the Leadership level.
This year, in its efforts to enhance safety standards and safety culture, KE is focusing to align on safety enhancement journey toward a world class safety system. The outcome will be a Process Safety Management System, with focused interventions to ensure proper alignment on safety strategic objectives and expectations down the organization.
‘We Care’ – Our Health Philosophy
Employee health is a top priority at KE, and under the “We Care” program, viral diseases awareness sessions / circulars are regularly issued to ensure employee health safety. Annual awareness sessions on First aid, CPR and personal hygiene are also conducted regularly. These programs have reduced the occurrence of diseases, lowered absenteeism, and increased employee efficiency.
“Nobody Gets Hurt” – Our Safety Philosophy
The “Nobody Gets Hurt” philosophy was adopted to provide a safe and injury-free work environment to employees, and a safer distribution network to consumers. Since 2009, sustained Safety Awareness sessions have become an annual feature, to impart training to all cadres working in the organization. A comprehensive Safety Management System was formulated and implemented on the principles of International Standards Organization (ISO) 45001 and EMS 14000 to instill a safety-oriented culture throughout the organization.
KE maintains safety standards through regular audits, inspections and adherence to its safety processes. Annually, more than 300 hygiene inspections, 200 internal fire safety and housekeeping audits, 200 fire/emergency evacuation drills, and 3500 health examinations are carried out. Business Units are also encouraged to take safety initiatives to ensure improved safety practice across KE.
KE has ensured compliance with all the applicable environmental laws and legislations during planning, construction, and operation phases. Environmental Impact Assessments are conducted for new projects. Smooth monitoring and strict supervision with conditions of approval is ensured at the construction sites. Activities impacting the environment are carefully measured and monitored at all five power plants. The compliance status is validated through independent monitors. Environmental performance is measured and enhanced through a system of biannual Environmental Excellence Audits, procedures and trainings respectively. KE also eliminated polychlorinated biphenyl from its system to comply with Stockholm Convention in partnership with Ministry of Climate Change Pakistan, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF).
Reaching Out to the Customers – Public Safety
KE believes not only safety of its employees, but also in the safety of the communities and environment in which it serves. With this in mind, KE works to spread awareness on safety through all available channels. Public Safety awareness campaigns, especially during the monsoons, through extensive coverage on social media. Public outreach programs are also organized on regular basis. Electrical and fire safety awareness sessions, including live demonstrations, are provided to students in private and govt. schools on regular basis. KE also encourages its customers to report any electrical safety hazards round-the-clock through KE website or 118.
KE also Launched “Occupational Health & Safety” Undergraduate Course at NED in 2016, where K-Electric HSEQ Department joined hands with NED University and launched a two-credit hour undergraduate course on Occupational Health & Safety. NED faculty appreciated the efforts of KE for providing them complete assistance in conducting this course. Students showed active participation in the class and realized the importance and challenges of safety.
- KE has been recognized by Employers’ Federation of Pakistan / ILO-Occupational Health, Safety & Environment (EFP-OHS&E) and have won for 6 consecutive years in 2019
- National Fire Safety Award 2020 for the 9th consecutive year, awarded by National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) and Fire Protection Association of Pakistan (FPAP).
- Won Best Environment, Health & Safety initiatives award at The Climate Change Summit 2019 for the 2nd consecutive year.
- In 2019, KE won “Environmental Risk Assessment” and “Health & Safety Risk Assessment & Control” for 5 consecutive years at the 5th International Summit & Awards on Environment, Health.
- In 2019, KE won Fire Safety Award at the 5th International Summit & Awards on Environment, Health.
- KE won the prestigious ACCA-WWF Award on “Best Environmental Reporting in 2014
- 17th Annual Environment Excellence Award 2020 for the 12th consecutive year by NFEH.
- “Environmental Risk Assessments Award 2019” for the 6th consecutive years in 2020
- K-Electric’s Environmental Management System is ISO-14001 compliant, the international standard for environmental management.
KE has actively participated with Pakistan Engineering Council in development of National Electrical Safety Code for Power and Telecom Sector and also for Building Code of Pakistan – Fire Safety provisions.