SAFETY PAR NO COMPROMISEMuhammad Shahid
Losing a loved one is not just tragic, it breaks people. That is why the safety of our loved ones is paramount to all of us and this is the reason why we must continue to look towards companies, products and solutions that are aligned towards safety.
As highlighted in my earlier blog, according to one estimate, fire incidents kill 16,500 and cost billions of rupees annually. Rescue 1122 reports 124,854 fire incidents between 2004 – 2019 in 37 towns and cities of Punjab alone. This means over 8,300 fire incidents annually in these cities! A number of reported cases of household fires are owing to short circuits. Faulty wires and outdated electrical systems are often the main culprits. Such eventualities can be avoided. We only need to wake up to a basic premise; ‘safety’ is not just a check-in-the-box item anymore.
Safety is an integral part of any construction project and this is recognized by the builders, engineers, consultants and associated stakeholders. Yet, decisions to opt for lower quality wires and cable brands are made without fully realizing the serious threats attached. ‘Cost-saving’ is a deceptive tactic offered by various brands today – other than using sub-standard raw materials, they lack needed certifications and the consistent approach towards quality and thereby safety. Consumers, at large, remain unaware of the risks.
We, at Pakistan Cables, have championed the cause of safety for decades now by creating awareness among consumers on the downside of buying lower quality product. Consumers who opt for Pakistan Cables invest in safety.
Moreover, Pakistan Cables has invested in R&D to bring to market products with higher safety ratings. An example of this is Low Smoke Zero Halogen cables that have better flame propagation properties and emit less toxic smoke in the event of a fire, thereby saving precious lives. Pakistan Cables is the first company in Pakistan to have its Low Smoke Zero Halogen power cables type tested by the KEMA laboratory in Netherlands, which is the gold standard in electrical testing globally. Similarly Pakistan Cables offers fire rated cables that ensure circuit integrity for a period of time in the event of a fire.
As a ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified company, we are the leading wire and cable manufacturer of Pakistan that’s ensuring safer choices are practiced by consumers, electricians, contractors, builders and developers, architects, and the industry at large.
Pakistan has a Building Code within the fire Safety Provision 2016, however the implementation of the code remains weak. Ensuring manufacturing and distribution of products that adhere to safety codes and are compliant to safety regulations is every company’s responsibility. But we do not live in a perfect world. Therefore, consumers need to be extra vigilant in their purchasing decisions.
Being fully aware of the risks associated with the manufacturing of wires and cables, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has always been an integral part of our business for decades. After all, prevention is better than the cure. The World Health Organization (WHO) states, “occupational health deals with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace and has a strong focus on primary prevention of hazards”. To safeguard the interest of all our employees, Pakistan Cables has been successively running health and safety programs for several years. In 2019, approximately 800 person-hours spent on trainings focused on Behavioral Based Safety. Such activities help share knowledge and ensure sustenance of Organizational Health, Safety and Environment good practices in the workplace.
This proactive approach leads to preventing occupational injuries, illness and loss due to accidents at workplace and improve efficiency. For instance, our efforts during 2019 resulted in achieving several million person-hours without loss time injury. What’s more, working on a cause that is dear to everyone results in creating employee engagement platforms that strengthens teamwork too.
Our people’s efforts have paid off; Pakistan Cables has successively won various awards for its exemplary measures in OHS&E. Awards won over time but not limited to:
1. NFEH’s Environmental Excellence Awards ( 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019),
2. 2nd Prize for Employees Federations of Pakistan (EFP) “Best practices in OHS 2018
3. 3rd Prize for EFP-Best Workplace Environment 2015
4. 3rd Prize for 11th OSH&E Compliance Award 2015 and most recently
5. NFEH’s CSR award 2019 in Efforts Sustaining Clean and Green Environment
As manufacturers, providing information required by customers to reach the right decision is our responsibility. This is why we are transparent in our approach to the products we offer or our overall working environment to ensure an optimal HSE approach. Together we can build fairer markets guided by best practices to flourish businesses and communities alike, running in harmony and on the principle of safety par no compromise for everyone!