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Mission Suraksha completes one year

EM news bureau ,  Thursday, December 31, 2015, 11:52 Hrs  [IST]

India’s first industrial safety road show initiative completed one year on November 24, 2015, covering around 30,000 km and reaching out to not less than 30,000 people. The mission, initiated by Dräger Safety India Pvt Ltd (the domestic arm of global safety leader Dräger) in association with National Safety Council, covered 16 states and 91 cities with an aim to raise awareness for safety solutions.

Draeger-01.jpgThe Mission Suraksha journey had started on December 15, 2014 using a specially-designed truck equipped with latest-technology safety solutions at industrial sites. The show also included hands-on experience of product applications and demonstrations on after-sales service and maintenance solutions for life-saving products.

Speaking at an event held in Mumbai to commemorate the first anniversary of the mission, Nikil Rao, Country Manager, Dräger India Pvt Ltd, said, “Mission Suraksha has helped us discuss technological trends in safety with industrial stakeholders at their site.” He said that the 30,000-km journey covered important industries like chemicals, heavy metals, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, among others. The mission touched a total of 417 companies in its year-long journey, Rao said.

In his orientation to Dräger, Nikil Rao said that it was a Germany-headquartered global leader in safety solutions with a standing of over 125 years. In India, Dräger has been present for over 60 years, initially through local partners. Since 2012, Dräger has a dedicated subsidiary DDraeger-02.jpgräger Safety (India) Pvt Ltd that delivers sales and after-sales service from 22 locations pan India. Dräger also has a medical safety division that has been in operation since 2006.
Need for common safety act
Creating awareness of safety and its enforcement is a tall order and the government is committed to doing its best. This was an observation made by V.B. Sant, Director General, National Safety Council. Sant was interacting with the media at an event commemorating the completion of one year of “Mission Suraksha”—India’s first roadshow dedicated to industrial safety undertaken by Dräger, an international leader in the field of safety technology, in association with NSC.

Discussing India’s awareness levels of industrial safety, Sant said that multinationals are very inclined to safety but this inclination fades away as we approach the small and medium companies. “In multinational companies, the awareness of safety is very high. In public sector, some are doing very well while others are not doing well. In private sector, large companies are doing well. In the small and medium scale sector, we have to reach out to them. It is more challenging to reach out to the SME sector.” Small scale companies have their own limitations so it becomes the duty of the NSC to reach out to them rather than the converse, felt Sant.

The NSC Director General also made an interesting observation about how safety standards need to continually evolve. He illustrated his point by saying that the manufacturing sector witnesses new processes that need special safety norms. Even new chemicals that come into use need evolving safety standards.

Speaking about the ambit of NSC, Sant said that the manufacturing and construction sector were the predominant areas of operations. However, the service sector is a huge area that needs awareness creation and enforcement of safety norms. Schools, offices, hotels, cinema halls, malls, hospitals are only few environments where safety plays a critical role.

Explaining how India is lagging behind developed nations in terms of safety as a philosophy, Sant highlighted that in UK, for instance, comprehensive safety acts were in place way back in 1974. In India, however, there is still no common workplace safety act. Though there are separate acts for safety in mines, docks, construction sector, etc, a common act applicable to all places of work is still not available.
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