Indian Chamber of Commerce addresses Occupational Safety and Health at a conference in Kolkata

Dr Rajeev Singh, DG, ICC, Shri Becharam Manna, Hon'ble Min., Dept of Labour & Employment,
Shri Becharam Manna at 3rd ICC Occupational Health and Safety Conference Awards - Copy.JPG

News Desk, News Nation 360: The 3rd ICC Occupational Health and Safety Conference & Awards were held by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in the presence of the Hon’ble Minister Shri Becharam Manna, Dept of Labour, Govt of West Bengal. The primary objective of this award programme is to recognize and encourage the best practices in occupational health safety. Hon’ble Minister Shri Becharam Manna also informed that the Dept of Labour, GoWB shall extend all necessary support to ICC in organizing awareness programmes amongst industrial workers and labourers on occupational health and safety issues. The industries across India need to think of their workers and labourers as their own family members and take care of their health and safety concerns accordingly. Such attitude would. surely encourage them and motivate them to work efficiently without any stress. This is likely to result in better productivity and profit. Hence, occupational health and safety issues should be looked at from an investment point of view and not as an expense. Lalit Gabhane, Director General, National Safety Council, was also present at the conference and expressed his views that every organisation should have effective policies in place to address health and safety issues. In fact, for any organisation to succeed it is important that everyone commit to the health and safety standards. The new Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 will certainly help the ease of doing business in India since the primary focus of this new code is to minimize risk and enhance safety measures. Dr R K Elangovan, Director General, DGFASLI, Ministry of Labour & Employment, GoI during his speech told the labour ministry has set up three expert committees to review the existing rules and regulations pertaining to safety, fire, and other working conditions and to suggest safety-related standards for factories under the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020. Dr Krishna Nirmalya Sen, Chairman, ICC OHSE Expert Committee during his welcome address told that safety and occupational health are of paramount importance in all emerging economies. The benefits of compliance to occupational health can lead to increased productivity, the better quality of work and reduced employee turnover. Occupational health is the highest degree of physical, mental, and social well-being of workers in every occupation. Several industry experts took part in this event and shared their views and interacted with the participants during the technical sessions. Occupational Health and Safety Awards for this year were handed over under various categories. Hon’ble Minister Shri Becharam Manna Dept. of Labour, Government of West Bengal handed over the awards to the winners like Berger Paints, Shapoorji Pallonji Group, Godrej Consumer, Shaym Steel, CESC and others. 

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Report : Anustup Kundu