Hundreds of factories join in campaign on efficient use of electricity

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BANGKOK, 17 September 2013 More than 400 factories have agreed to join in a government campaign to promote safe and efficient use of electricity. 

The campaign follows a finding by the Department of Industrial Works that most of the accidents in factories were caused by electricity. Thus, in its bid to reduce the number of accidents, the department has organized a campaign to provide knowledge on safety to the industrial community.

The Department has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority to jointly promote the campaign. Signing the MoU were MEA Governor Atorn Sinsawad, and Director General of the Department of Industrial Works Nuttapol Nuttasomboon.

The campaign, entitled ‘Community Safety Education for Industrial Sector’, is aimed at promoting efficient use of electricity among factories in three provinces under the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA)’s jurisdiction zone, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Samut Prakan.

The two organizations also shared the same view that small factories could possibly become sources of electricity in the future. With that premise in mind, the department and the MEA have agreed to educate factory owners on various aspects of the electricity system.

In the campaign, entrepreneurs are given guidelines on safety measures in electricity usage while at work, how to solve electrical problems, laws related to the utilization of electricity and how to properly conduct a CPR on an unconscious victim.

More than 400 factories have signed up for the program, the organizers expressed optimism that all of the 2,000 factories in the 3 provinces would eventually take part in the campaign. The Department of Industrial Works has plans to extend the program to factories under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Electricity Authority as well.