MSD Ballydine – Electrical Safety Programme

We worked directly with the MSD Ballydine plant after MSD Corporate Safety issued global guidance on the safe installation, use and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems to significantly improve the safety of workers

MSD Ballydine Plant
Significant safety improvements

The Challenge

MSD Corporate Safety issued global guidance on the safe installation, use and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems and for the prevention of electrical and arc-flash related hazards.

The MSD Ballydine Engineering Department needed to develop a new electrical safety programme that ensured compliance with Irish health and safety legislation, laws, regulations and standards and reflected the corporate safety standard guidelines.

The 40-year-old facility had undergone many upgrades and one of the key challenges was to ensure a consistent approach to worker safety that addressed the condition of both new electrical equipment and older equipment which were constructed to the requirements of less stringent standards.

How we Helped

Premium Power’s specialist expertise and systematic approach to electrical safety and arc flash hazards ensured that worker risk was reduced to acceptable levels.
Premium Power designed a four-stage electrical safety programme:

  • Arc flash Safety Programme
  • Development of an electrical safety procedures and permits providing safety controls and guidance
  • Development of a training program for site based electrical personnel and contractors
  • Management of change process was updated to ensure all future projects ensure compliance

The Result

The MSD Ballydine Engineering Department has pioneered the development of Electrical Safety programs in the MSD Europe organisation. The approach taken by the Ballydine Engineering Department has been used as a case study in the wider MSD organisation. The Ballydine electrical safety program has been rolled out in several sites in Ireland and is due for roll out to European sites in 2015/2016. The Ballydine team have been identified as technical authorities in the implementation of Electrical Safety programs and the team has provided guidance to other facilities in the MSD organisation based on their experience of implementing the program.

The project was nominated in the health and safety category of the Irish Pharma Industry Awards 2015.

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