The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Testing Laboratory has been certified by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) to the National Standard GY 170:2021.
The award of the GNBS standard means that the facility has met the general requirements for the operations of a lab.
The certificate was presented to GPL’s Divisional Director, Mr. Gary Hall by GNBS Technical Officer, Mr. Keon Rankin at the power company’s Kingston office.
The scope of the certification covers the testing of Oil and Water for internal quality control. The compounds which are vital to the power generation process, are tested for various parameters including pH, viscosity, iron content and other general requirements.
GPL’s Divisional Director said the certification allows for stricter quality control.
“When it comes to fuel and lubricants entering our ports for use by our plants and other equipment, this Certification allows stricter quality control and ensures operational
efficiency of our equipment,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Mr. Rankin encouraged the company to maintain the requirements of the standard, and to continue to find ways to improve its systems.
The GNBS Officer explained that certification assures customers that the company is competent and is in conformance to the National Standard.
“Customers will always want the best quality, and for a testing laboratory, much like the ISO/IEC
17025 Standard, the GYS 170:2021 Standard sets the foundation for building towards achieving
International Accreditation if so desired. The GNBS is happy to have you on board”, Mr Rankin said.
GNBS, in a statement, explained that the certificate issued is valid for two years and expires on June 22, 2025, after which the company can apply for recertification.
During the certification period, surveillance audits will be conducted to ensure conformance with the requirements of the national standard is maintained.
Certification provides formal recognition that a laboratory has implemented a laboratory management system, thus enhancing confidence in the testing, measurement and calibration
GPL’s laboratory is the 25th lab to receive local certification by GNBS. GNBS is encouraging uncertified medical and testing laboratories to begin to implement the requirements of the national standard to join the growing list of certified.