Safety & Environment
Safety is our top priority. Safety is the foundation of our work, and is demonstrated in our commitment to minimise the risk of injury in every possible circumstance. This requires a strong health and safety management system, and a commitment to following internationally recognised best practices to ensure a safe working environment for everyone.
Director of OHSE & BC
Gabriel T. Cabrall
OHSE Management System Coordinator
Fire Services Officer
Occupational Health, Safety & Environment Policy
IN OUR ACTIVITIES AND OPERATIONS, WE WILL:
with Legal and Other Requirements
Employees & Interested Parties
Injury, Ill Health & Pollution
Culture of Health, Safety, Environmental Excellence & Ownership
Processes, Performance & Systems
Employees, Interested Parties & Environment
What is ISO 14001:2015?
ISO 14001:2015 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organisations provide assurance to company management, employees, and external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
This certification help us to align with our OHSE Policy objectives, and company values, which include teamwork, respect, safety, accountability, integrity, and continuous improvement. Working to such high standards also means that we must be accountable for our decisions, as they affect safety and the environment.
What is ISO 45001:2018?
ISO 45001:2018 specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, and gives guidance for its use, to enable organisations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance. We are currently working towards ISO 45001:2018 accreditation.
We are committed to the environment. At BELCO, compliance with local environmental requirements is just the beginning of our environmental commitment. We are committed to being good stewards for Bermuda. Our education partnerships and projects work towards conservation, restoration and awareness, so that future generations will have a prosperous and beautiful place to call home.
Everyday we continue to make progress toward our environmental priorities, including:
Green House Gas Emissions
The following table is a summary of BELCO’s 2021 GHG emissions of CO2 equivalents:
|Source||Fuel Type||GHG Emissions
|Power Generation||Heavy Fuel Oil||354,050|
|Power Generation||Diesel/Light Fuel Oil||9,186|
Since 2009 we have reduced the carbon released by 27% with the assistance of our residential solar partners and our customers who have proactively worked to conserve energy.
Electrical Safety Tips
The top reason for storm related power outages is tree branches hitting or becoming tangled in power lines. Keep tree branches trimmed at least 10’ from power lines and you will reduce your chances of storm related outages.
Before trimming, call or email belco customer care:
WHEN THE WEATHER THREATENS, BELCO SUPPORTS YOU 24/7
Remaining safe during a storm requires different kinds of preparation, depending on the type of storm that is expected. Learn more on how to prepare for a thunderstorm, flooding, tropical storm, or hurricane.
Power Line Safety
Downed power lines may be energised and deadly. For your safety, assume fallen lines are live, and avoid making any contact with them.
Report downed power lines immediately by calling:
Portable generators are helpful and convenient sources of backup power, especially in the aftermath of storms, or periods of prolonged power outage. However, generators must be used properly, or you risk the safety of yourself and others.
Call Before You Dig
If you plan to dig or trench on your property, please call BELCO (and other relevant utilities) before starting. We will send an expert to visit your site to locate and mark underground cables.
Contact us at least 1 week in advance so we’ll have time to do our part. When you call before you dig, you help ensure the safety of workers, and you can be certain that your electricity supply will be uninterrupted. This service is free, but damaged cables are repaired at your expense.
Before digging, call or email belco customer care:
Electrical Safety Tips
Workplace safety starts will clear and purposeful communication. The foundation of any successful workplace safety effort is one that encourages employees to identify unsafe behaviours and opportunities for improvement, while also making well-informed safety decisions when carrying out even the most routine tasks.
Whilst workplace safety cannot exist on best practice guidelines and policies alone, there are a number of things that each of us can do to make sure we all avoid injuries. One step at a time, we can make our workplaces better places to work. The following tips will help you to avoid the most common workplace hazards:
- Beware of sparks or fires.
- Disconnect immediately if an appliance blows a fuse, trips a breaker, or gives off sparks or sizzling sounds. Discard the appliance, or have it repaired.
- Never place appliance cords where they will come into contact with the stove or other heated surfaces.
- Unplug all non-essential electrical appliances when not in use.
- Use only correct-size fuses and breakers for circuits. Size refers to a circuitrating, ask your electrician to identify and label them.
- Never put your finger or anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet.
- Have any loose-fitting plugs fixed by an electrician.
- Don’t force a plug into an outlet if it won’t fit.
- Replace broken plates on outlets and switches so that no wiring is exposed.
- Use safety covers on all outlets accessible to children.
- Make sure the amperage rating for an extension cord is greater than, or equal to, the tool you will be using.
- Inspect all cords and wiring on a regular basis for broken or frayed insulation.
- Immediately repair or replace unsafe cords.
- Do NOT cut off ground prongs, as this will eliminate the protection grounded cords provide.
Preparing For An Outage
Safety Course List