Conference highlights safe management of hazardous wastes

Chennai, Mar 2:

A conference organised by FICCI, central and sate DGFASLI, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India and Government of Tamil Nadu highlighted the safe management of hazardous wastes in industries and ports.

Shri Sunil Paliwal, Secretary – Labour & Employment, who inaugurated the conference, urged for corporate sector participation in emergency management activities from the present involvement in post emergency/calamity activities to be more focused on prevention, preparedness and mitigation initiatives.

Such Conferences help the chemical, petroleum, oil & gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, Cement and Engineering industry, ports & dockyards in the country to gain knowledge and keep pace with the best global practices on environment, safety, transportation of hazardous materials, storages, safety and health management.

“There is a greater need for better response mechanisms in order to minimize manmade errors and ensure timely and effective interventions from responder agencies of north eastern region so as to minimize human suffering.

A shift of focus from response oriented approach to one which emphasizes on preparedness and disaster mitigation; and finally strengthening the institution at the local and regional level in order to make them resilient to emergencies,” he added.

In his keynote address Dr. Avneesh Singh, Director General, Directorate General Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India said that a culture needs to be introduced for carrying out periodic Safety Audits, Environmental Audits and other safety studies like Risk Analysis, HAZOP Studies, Preparation of On-site/Off-site Emergency Plan, Health and Safety Policy, Safety Report, Environment Statement etc.” and also there is an ample need of behavioural change amongst the employee & management towards safety management in industries, ports and dockyards.

Mr. K Manoharan, Director, Directorate of Industrial Safety & Health (DISH), Government of Tamil Nadu said “The conference also focuses on safety and a very important area of transportation of petroleum, petroleum products and natural gas through pipelines which is expected to grow exponentially in near future in the country.

Such conferences provide important information to participants with latest tools and techniques, best practices and innovative ideas to implement in their plants to make them safer and productive.

s. Kavitha Dutt, Joint Managing Director, KCP Group and Chairperson, FICCI Tamil Nadu State Council said Medical preparedness should be strengthened in industries and industries must procure respective Antidotes as per their manufacturing processes in their industries for better response.

Mr M A Patil, Senior Director, FICCI emphasized on the need for capacity development including dedicated manpower and infrastructure development for mitigation and better preparedness at all levels, for effective safety & emergency management.

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