Solutions, when dealt together as a team, can generate faster results and drive sustained compliance across the organization. The development of the PCB Framework is a manifestation of the efforts to move towards world-class operations under the 1AP banner.
-Marco Carlos, AboitizPower VP for Safety, Health, Environment and Quality
PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls are commonly used in transformers and capacitors because of their chemical stability and good electrical insulating properties. However in the 1970s, commercial production was stopped because of the toxic compounds that were found in its components. Oil-filled electrical equipment manufactured before 1993 are likely to be contaminated with PCBs. In the Philippines, the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources regulates the importation, use and disposal of PCBs.
In response to this, AboitizPower conducted a thorough review of the operating units that were constructed before 1993. The PCB Framework that emerged is a structured approach that provides information to top management for sound decision-making as well as proper allocation of resources to manage the PCBs.
Based on the initial assessment done by AP Safety, Health and Environmantl Quality Team, and for further validation by the regulators, these sites can be classified as PCB-free: Therma Mobile Inc., Therma Marine Inc., Therma South Inc., Hedco Sibulan-Tudaya, and SNAP Magat. Focus on safeguarding compliance is a continuing work on all AP sites.
The series of discussions with the business units’ safety, health and environment (SHE) focal points facilitated collaboration and unhampered flow of information. The whole team is now looking into aligning efforts on registration and inventory, testing and site management, and replacement and disposal.