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.
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
Stay Safe; Stay