Message from Executive Director on National Safety Day

03 Mar, 2021 17:03

Dear colleagues,

National Safety Day (NSD) Campaign was launched in 1972 and has since been organised every year. This year we are celebrating the 50th National Safety day which has grown into a major national campaign widely celebrated by industry, trade unions, Govt. Departments, regulatory agencies, NGOs and institutions with the active support of the Central and State Governments and media. It has made impact on the industrial scenario at the national level by contributing to increased safety awareness and reduction in accidents. Started for a single day on 4th March as National Safety Day, the Campaign has now been spread over a week from 4th to 10th March.

The theme of this year is Learn from Disaster and prepare for a safer future”.

Oil & Gas industry is hazardous in nature and has witnessed many disasters. While analyzing the incidents of last five years, it is observed that disregard of SOP, equipment failure, poor supervision and competency of personnel remain key reasons of concern. I would like to highlight that trend of fatality of contract workers is on increase and approximate 74% fatalities are of contract workman.

There is a need to improve the internal system and controls – Job Safety Analysis; Work Permit System; Tool Box talks; Maintenance & Inspection; Supervision; Competency; Internal audit; Safety meetings and Management Review. Leadership need to introspect and strengthen internal system and controls for achieving highest standard of Health, Safety and Environment.

I firmly believe that leaders must cultivate and drive safety culture through an effective system of reporting unsafe acts and unsafe conditions (UAUC) and taking timely actions on them. This will help to mitigate risks by identifying hazards, putting in place suitable safeguards and assuring that safeguards are functioning.

In order to enhance awareness, OISD is regularly publishing Newsletter/ Suraksha Chetna, Case Studies & Safety Alerts, which are available on OISD website. I would urge industry to further disseminate this knowledge to the last level of operating personnel. 

As a part of our efforts on knowledge enhancement, OISD conducts Workshops/ Seminars on regular basis. In the current year, OISD had conducted seven such knowledge sharing sessions and plans to conduct three more in this month. We believe that Industry has benefitted from such workshops seeing the enthusiasm and participation in these endeavors.

Indian petroleum industry is the energy lifeline of the nation and its continuous safe performance at all the times is essential for the economic growth and prosperity of the country. I would like to reassure that OISD is working relentlessly with the Industry focusing on enhancing overall safety of this vital energy sector thereby increasing productivity and energy security.

Stay Safe; Stay Healthy!


Arun Mittal

Executive Director 

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