Biz houses aware of disaster mgmt, says safety council

Written by Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: Dec 31 2009, 04:37am hrs
National Safety Council (NSC) on Tuesday said there is greater awareness about safety and security on man-made disasters among the business organisations in the country.

Over a period of time we have observed that due to increase in fire, terrorist and other fatal incidents, awareness among business organisations have increased considerably. They understand the importance of safety and security, NSCs director general KC Gupta said.

Today, awareness among organisations has increased. They do not want to take any type of risk. They believe that working unsafely causes huge inconvenience and they are ready to spend for it, Gupta said.

NSC was set up by ministry of labour and employment in 1966 as a registered society with a mission of building voluntary national movement on safety, health and environment, to prevent and mitigate loss of life, human suffering and economic losses.

NSC has been operating the safety award schemes for the manufacturing sector from 1998 and for the construction sector from 2005. It further plans to formulate a separate safety awards scheme for micro, small and medium enterprises sector next year.

The main objective of this award is to give recognition to factories and construction establishments in safety and encourage commitment of both management and workers to safety, Gupta said.

In the manufacturing sector, the top award was bagged by Kakrapar Atomic Power Station of Nuclear Power Corporation of India, Gujarat. While, in the construction sector, top award was given to ECC Division of Larsen and Turbo for their ICICI (B&FOC) project of ICICI Bank.

Maharashtra industries minister Rajendraji Darda gave away the safety trophies and certificates to 32 organisations in manufacturing sector and 17 establishments and 17 clients or owners in construction sector.

It is good to see that in order to ensure adequate, efficient and effective working atmosphere, organisations today believe in maintaining proper safety, health and environment, Darda said.