Indian Safety Policy Makers Unrepresentative Of 80% Of The Work Force

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Oct. 25, 2012 - PRLog -- Mumbai: The first edition of OSH India 2012, Exhibition and Conference for the Occupational Safety and Health industry was inaugurated by Mr. V.B Sant -Director, National Safety Council along with Mr. Michael Duck -Senior Vice President, UBM Asia at the Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai. Also present were Mr. V.S. Moray- Director, Industrial Safety and Health, Maharashtra State;Mr. D.C. Chaudhari- Director, Industrial Safety and Health, Gujarat State;Mr. P.T. Shah- Director, Gujarat Safety Council, Gujarat State and Mr. Jime Essink, CEO, UBM Asia

India has had legislation on occupational safety and health for 50 years. But regulatory authorities are limited to a number that is grossly inadequate even for the inspection of formal units that only employ about 10% of India's total workforce (around  26 million), let alone the millions who work in the informal sector with absolutely no safeguards. The occupational safety and health (OSH) scenario in India is complex with challenges such as huge workforce in a largely unorganized sector, availability of cheap labour, meagre public spending on health, apathy of stakeholders and infrastructure problems. Mr. V.B. Sant, Director, National Safety Council said, “Legislation in Occupational Safety and Health as it were, is drawn out by Policy makers who form a mere 20% of the value chain and do not represent the majority as a whole. Even in factories, mines, ports and construction, where there is an existing framework for OSH, the conditions are still not satisfactory.”

The event saw participation from more than 50 premier suppliers of products and services to the Occupational Health and Safety market .Speaking on the success of the event, Mr. Adrian Newton, Group Director, Safety & Building Management, UBM said, “The Indian edtion of OSH is one of the most successful of the various editions held across the globe. World class brands are on display and there is participation from well known Companies. Even the quality of speakers at the various forums within the Event is commendable.“

Mr. Suresh Tanwar, Corporate Head, Safety, Health and Environment, TATA Motors, emphasised on how the Company strives to ensure that every individual working within the plant premises is protected from any inherent risks related to workplace safety, while presenting a case study on ‘Building an Advanced OSH Culture through Training and Development’. The presentation highlighted the fact that the idea of following occupational safety and health norms, was till recently unheard of in India, where more than 90% of the workforce fall in sectors like agriculture and services while less than 10% work in the organized sector. However,  progressive companies like the TATA Group have gone beyond the provisions of the law and have set up full-fledged Occupational Health Centres (OHCs); not only at manufacturing locations but also in offices. Apart from emergency medical services, the OHCs offer preventive, promotive and curative health services to its employees. The activities include: preventive medical services, medical surveillance, workplace surveillance, lifestyle modification efforts, health awareness, stress management, first aid training etc.

The Indian scenario, when compared to the existing benchmarks set by developed nations, like the US and Singapore, would be that there is a greater need for adherence to OSH standards but it is not adequately followed. While the need of OSH is less in these developed markets but adherence to standards is far greater.  In a conference that addressed this issue, Mr. Birendra Verma, Vice President Safety, ULTRATECH CEMENT (ADITYA BIRLA GROUP) emphasised on the need for “Proper Legal Framework that will aid the development of globally competent, safety-driven organisational cultures”.

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