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The Need Of 'Safe In India'

It is a fair responsibility and duty of employers and industry owners to ensure that the workplace is free from risks and accidents

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India is among the fastest developing nations in the world. Industrialisation is at its full swing all around us. From new factories to infrastructural development, India is making advances in all sectors. While we admire the architectural magnificence of an extravagant construction, or enjoy the comfort of using a certain product, we tend to overlook the labour intensive work involved in creating that piece. Industries have thousands of labourers working behind the scene to create what we lavishly use every day.

India is competently surging as a manufacturing powerhouse. New industries are sprouting throughout the urban centres of India along with apartment complexes and upscale offices. Though this industrialization is admirable, the challenges that the factory and industry labourers go through cannot be ignored. Employees working in industries are exposed to life-threatening hazards. These hazards include working at heights (being exposed to a fall), high noise areas, exposure to chemicals and splashes, exposure to injury to the head or to the feet, toxic exposures, poisonous gas leaks etc. This not only exposes them to extreme physical risk that may cost them their lives but also reduces their efficiency while working. Families of these workers are always under stress as any such unpredictable misfortune will directly impact them as well. In addition to that, workplace accidents can have extreme repercussions toward the employers both in the form of money as well as outburst.

It is a fair responsibility and duty of employers and industry owners to ensure that the workplace is free from risks and accidents. Industries like chemical factories, construction sites, manufacturing units, etc. are high-risk areas for workers. However, proper safety measures can dilute the chances of accidents.

Any responsible employer would want to avoid work-related injuries as much as possible. Not only is it important as a moral commitment, it also makes financial sense for the company. Injuries and accidents happening in the workplace causes cost to the company in terms of increased insurance costs, lost man hours, worker's compensation premiums, and other legal costs. The company has to compromise on the overall productivity and the energy of the worker divert towards dealing with the situation. Even after the injured labourer is taken to the hospital or sent home, the employer has to take out time off work to deal with the aftermath of the accident.

To combat these industrial hazards, industry owners need to provide proper safety gear and training courses to the workers. When the workplace is safe and secure, workers are more confident and comfortable in that environment. There is a boost in the productivity and ultimately the company functions better. Absenteeism in the company reduces and there is better trust between employers and the employees.

Personal protective products and solutions should be available for each worker as per the type of industry they are working in. The safety kit should include gears like safety helmets, protective eyewear, earmuffs and plugs, welding protective face shields, safety shoes, fall protection equipment, evacuation and rescue products, body harnesses, etc. Elaborate consultancy and training sessions should be conducted for every employee.

Accidents are unfortunate, but stringent measures can be taken to avoid them. Alertness at a personal level is also necessary to escape such situations.

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Kavita Nigam

The author has experience of more than 15 years in KARAM, and is responsible for Publicity and HR in the company. With a degree in Medicine, and an exposure to the manufacturing Operations, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects of the products.

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