Georgian College recognized for efforts toward promoting electrical safety
By Anthony Capkun
December 17, 2012 – Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) presented Georgian College with an award for improving electrical safety through participation in its Continuous Safety Services (CSS) Program, which allows the college to perform daily maintenance and projects without having to apply for individual permits.
The self-governing program requires the college to document and log projects with ESA, which makes semi-annual inspection visits.
“Our relationship with ESA through the CSS program has allowed us to maintain a continuous level of compliance,” explained Jeff Choma, Georgian’s manager electrical/mechanical systems. “The availability of the program and the supporting inspectors have provided a strong influence on Georgian’s ability to provide a safe and well-maintained facility for staff, students and guests.”
Georgian has been on the CSS program since 2000 and all seven of its campuses are now signed up. It was recognized for its continuous maintenance, new projects (such as the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness building), annual outdoor auto show and exemplary record keeping by maintenance staff and contractors.
“Georgian is now being referred to as the model to strive for. ESA uses Georgian as an example to other institutions to suggest what a level of compliance should look like—along the lines of a ‘poster boy’ for the program,” said Choma.
Compliance goes far beyond just putting in plugs properly and changing light bulbs, said Choma; it involves a complete package of safety, training, documentation, project management, contractor support, electrical design, product verification, staff training and the partnership that allows it to succeed.
PHOTO: The Physical Resources team of Georgian College along with president and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes (right) accept their award from ESA. Photo Doug Crawford.