India Rich in Industrial Safety Norms, Poor in Practice

Importance of safe health environment in preventing Occupational health hazards in Indian industries is one of the most discussed topics of the time. Maintaining a healthy and safe work environment for staff, students, neighbours and surrounding communities through the recognition, evaluation, and control of personal and environmental hazards, every industry must strive to eliminate individual risk and reduce the environmental impact of its activities.

A Chemical Plant Fire

A Chemical Plant Fire

India has perhaps the best safety standards and safety protocols for industrial safety in the world, but very rarely are they visible at the ground level in the industrial arena of the country. It is time to address this alarming reality, especially as the country is in for yet another industrial boom, thanks to the large-scale foreign investments expected in the country’s manufacturing sector.

An industrial safety system is a countermeasure crucial in any hazardous plants such as oil, gas, chemical and nuclear plants. These systems are meant to protect human, plant, and environment in case the process goes beyond the control margins. Process control is performed by means of process growing economies, the country stands poised for another leap towards industrialization. This will certainly add to the risks related to industrial safety in the years to come. As such, it calls for serious review of the existing regulatory architecture related to industrial safety. There is fairly enough number of safety regulations that all industrial plants must comply with, most of them dating back to the 19th century. But, the fact is that many of them are unreasonable, and contradictory. It is high time the Government gave the maximum priority to regulatory reform.

(Read the full article in the February issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)

Author: SubEditor

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