“The response time here in India during a fire is much more than a developed nation. The response time in a developed country is 8 to 10 minutes, whereas due to traffic and other issues, the response time in Mumbai and Delhi goes to 20 to 30 minutes”, says Santosh Warick, Chief Fire Officer and Fire Advisor, Government of Maharashtra at an event in Mumbai.
Warick along with other dignitaries was speaking at a two-day expo called Occupation safety and health organized by Informa markets in India. He added, “The Gap of fire services in terms of the number of fire stations, trained personnel is more than 80 per cent in India. In Mumbai also, the Gap is around 30 per cent. There are over 50,000 industries in Maharashtra and it is very difficult to tackle the issue from the grass-root level. The commitment from top management is necessary as it will also help in inculcating safe culture and business continuity.”
He said, “Health and safety are the responsibility of owner and occupier only. Negligence is the major cause of several incidents. It is necessary to be alert and avoid all violations as it could lead to a major one. The training of a worker should be a continuous process.”
The two day event that commenced on Thursday with over 150 exhibitors presence displaying various safety and health products to educate was attended by LalitGabhane, Director General, National Safety Council, SantoshWarick, Chief Fire Officer and Fire Advisor, Government of Maharashtra, Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council, Dr Sidram K Raut, National President, Indian Association of Occupational Health and HemantSapra, President, Safety Appliances Manufacturers’ Associate Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, for Informa Markets in India and Pankaj Jain, Group Director, Informa Markets addressed the masses during the event.
Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council during the inaugural event said, “Globally, 57 per cent of working days are lost due to anxiety, depression or stress. There is a really very important link from Health to Safety. Research has cleared that poor mental health increases the risk of accidents on work. As the saying goes you cannot be a safe worker if you are not a health worker. So it’s going to be an example in the management of health and safety and it’s going to necessarily be an exemplar in the management of health and well being. The research is already showing that managing health, safety and well being in an integrated way is going to be more effective than managing them separately.”
To control the number of on job accidents by promoting the use of safety equipment as well as creating awareness to inculcate the safe working culture, government officials, industrialists and other important presented their views during OSH India 2019.
This year, the expo is well supported by associations such as — National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), Indian Society of Ergonomics (ISE), Indian Technical Textiles Association, Safety Appliances Manufacturers Association (SAMA), Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL), National Accreditation Board of Certifying Bodies (NABCB), Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), MRO Association, Safety Training institutes and more.
LalitGabhane, Director General, National Safety Council said, “In a comparison of last two-three decades, the Indian industry has come a long way. But the road is very long, to create awareness in employees, citizens and industrialists, OSH is working towards it and the state-run bodies such as Maharashtra Fire Services are also coming up with various campaigns and programmes to create awareness across India.”
There have been key sessions and panel discussions attended by industry experts from across the country and leading international organizations. Topics of discussion at the conference included: ‘Leadership in Health and Wellbeing: Stopping the rise in Presenteeism’; ‘OSH Vision Zero’; ‘Latest reforms in occupational safety and health laws in India and the way forward: Key challenges in their implementation’; ‘a Powertalk on improving Human Performance and Safety’; a workshop on ‘Electrostatistics Hazards Risk Assessment and their Alleviation’; ‘The need for permit to work systems for critical operations’; ‘Role and Need for accreditation in HSE by NABCB’ amongst other insightful sessions.
Speaking on the 8th edition of OSH India in Mumbai, Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, for Informa Markets in India said, “On average, 4.75 million people join the labour force in India per year. In a strong corporate safety culture, organisations need to look at the safety and health along with the emotional well-being of these employees on priority to retain the best of talent and ensure good productivity. Companies in manufacturing and allied sectors such as automobile, oil and gas, construction etc. in particular are becoming aware of occupational hazards and are working towards creating a safer working environment, especially with some mishaps in the past, the recent one being a major fire breaking out at an oil and gas unit. Governments, through regulations, are also emphasising on developing infrastructure and providing resources centred around workplace safety, coupled with increasing global investments. Despite a greater focus on occupational safety and health, there is still inadequate education at various levels and public awareness is still absent, as managements and workforce don’t always place safety as a top priority. Informa Markets in India through OSH India resonates industry’s advocacy of ensuring the safety and health of the growing workforce in our country and is geared up to filling this vital gap with innovation and knowledge through its exhibits and conference.”
To promote safety among the Indian workforce, a SAFETY FASHION WALK along with the prestigious OSH India AWARDS 2019. The Awards catered to Indian operating businesses, organizations, alliance and individuals in the public or private sector with a workplace health and safety initiative. This year, OSH Awards received a total of 220 from across the industry.