Electricians taken through best professional practices

Elder Appiagyei Kwame Torto, an electrical Engineer has advised electricians to be meticulous in ensuring best professional practices in the electrical wiring industry for delivery of quality services to Ghanaians.


He said this would help them to avoid defects in the execution of their jobs and the associated risks of fire outbreaks as a result of electrical faults.

Elder Torto, also an Energy Commission’s (EC’s) accredited Inspector gave the advice when he spoke on the topic: “Best Wiring Practices and Inspection and Testing” at a seminar on cables and accessories in Sunyani.

Organised and sponsored by Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited (TCCL), a Tema-based Ghanaian electrical cables and accessories manufacturing company, about 200 participants including Certified Electrical Wiring Professionals by the Energy Commission and the public attended.

It aimed at creating awareness among practicing electricians that there would be inspection and testing after every installation by an EC’s electrical certified inspector.

The seminar was also to sensitise the practitioners on the need to use the appropriate and quality cables and accessories that have been certified by the Ghana Standards Board and the International Standard Organisation in their jobs.

Elder Torto said the key areas for the practitioners to consider in attaining best wiring practices are how the distribution board has been addressed and installed, types of conductors and their sizes that have been used for particular utilisation centres in the building.

Other things to consider are the type of equipment like switches, sockets, outlets and fittings used.

He said they must also use commercial instruments like insulation resistant tester and other generally-accepted instruments to enable any inspector to identify the deficiencies and efficiencies of the installation.

Nana Kwame Oteng-Gyasi, Marketing and Business Development Manager of TCCL said the seminar was a corporate social responsibility by the company to refresh and update the knowledge of the electricians to render quality services to Ghanaians.

He said it was the third in the series after Tarkwa in the Western Region and Accra and would proceed to Kumasi in their effort to cover the whole country before the end of the year.

Nana Oteng-Gyasi announced the company is operating a distribution outlet in the central business district of Sunyani, adding that it would inaugurate its Brong-Ahafo Regional Depot by the end of July.

Mr Moses Galiba Blay, Station Officer One from the Fire Safety Department of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in Sunyani commended the TCCL for the steps to educate electricians on best practices in the electrical wiring industry.

He urged other stakeholder companies to also sponsor such programmes to complement the role of GNFS in increasing the level of awareness of not only electricians but the public about the “dos and don’ts” in preventing fire outbreaks through electrical faults.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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