Thursday, December 1, 2022

CII Safety Talks: Experts brainstorm on inculcating safety culture

Jamshedpur: Gopal Kumar, chief inspector of factories, Government of Jharkhand, on Thursday said that safety is multidimensional and cannot be defined. Since the formation of Factories and Mines Act, lots of work has been done in the field of Safety and yet many more things need to be done. Around 7 % of the world’s population are working as engineers or as workers on sites which need to be alert and cautious during their work at shop floors.

Addressing CII Jharkhand Safety Talks at a city hotel, he said that over 1000 severe incidents got registered last year and led to avoidable human deaths. He further stated that digitisation is the need of the hour for safety as it bridges the gap between man, process uncertainty and safety officers.  Through the help of digitalisation, we can get insights of uncertainty and can get enough time to handle and avoid it. In coming times, Digitisation would not be an option, it will be obligatory and part of our life.

Probal Ghosh, vice president , shared services, Tata Steel Limited opined that Synchronization of human, machinery and the workplace environment play a crucial role in the sustenance of any organization. Machinery accidents do happen in-spite of adopting high tech processes because of behavioral issues. Hence, the attitude towards safety for both the employees and the top management is of utmost importance. Although risk cannot be completely eliminated, it can be reduced to an acceptable level through a systematic, process driven approach. Hence, we need to ensure that a robust Safety Management System is properly implemented in any organisation to provide safe working conditions for all its employees.

Addressing the gathering, Ravi Ranjan, Director, ESL Steel Ltd said that behavioural Safety is extremely important. Behavior based safety programs, when implemented correctly, can provide positive rewards to change unsafe behavior, reduce job-related injuries, minimize lost production hours, and improve workplace morale. These are essential ingredients for creating a strong safety culture in any organisation. For making the workplace safer by eliminating hazards and preventing injuries, it requires a partnership between the company and its employees. For a company, its safety culture has the greatest impact on this partnership.

Neeraj Kumar Sinha, Convenor, CII Jharkhand Safety Panel & Chief – Safety, Tata Steel Limited affirmed that commitment to safety is a value that shapes all decision-making at every level. A commitment to safety is constant effort towards transformation and is always about the next leg of the safety excellence journey. He further said that in our fight against the Covid pandemic, we have also seen how digital and technology has been the key enabler in managing the risks posed by the coronavirus. Going forward, interventions such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, robotics, drones etc will become key enablers for controlling our workplace risks

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