National Safety Day
National Safety Day Background The National Safety Day/Safety Week Campaign being spearheaded by the Council for nearly three decades to mark its Foundation Day (4th March) has significantly contributed to reduction in the rate of industrial accidents and created wide spread safety awareness even in such sectors which have not been covered by any safety legislation. The campaign is comprehensive, general and flexible with an appeal to the participating organisations to develop specific activities as per their safety requirements. Objectives • to take Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) movement to different parts of the country. • to achieve participation of major players in different industrial sectors at different levels. • to promote use of participative approach by employers by involving their employees in SHE activities. • to promote development of need-based activities, self-compliance with statutory requirements and professional SHE management systems at work places. • to bring into the fold of voluntary SHE movement sectors, which have not so far been statutorily covered. • to remind employers, employees and others concerned of their responsibility in making the workplace safer. In summary, the above objectives are part of an overall goal of creating and strengthening SHE culture in workplace and integrating the same with the work culture. ACTIVITIES At the national level • Public Functions, Seminars, discussions and debates, issuing appeals/messages. • Release of sport films on SHE issues. • Participation of the Union Labour Minister and top officials of the Ministry of Labour; Chairman and Senior Officials of NSC; Senior Executives from Industry; national level trade union leaders and eminent personalities from institutions/NGOs and public. • Doordarshan's National Network and regional kendras, All India Radio stations and the national/regional press provided coverage to the important functions/activities held during the week. At the State Level • Same as that at the national level with emphasis on activities projecting state level measures taken and issues faced. These are in the regional languages. They depict activities undertaken by the State Govt. e.g. distribution of Safety Awards etc. • Pinning of NSD badge on VVIPs such as Governors, Chief Ministers, etc. • Banners displayed by the NSC and State Chapters in strategic locations in capitals and major cities. • Council's Chapters, State Factory Inspectorates and Industry Associations bring out supplements in English and regional language newspapers. At the Enterprise Level • Administration of Safety Pledge by the employees. The model text of the Safety Pledge designed, developed and distributed by the NSC. • Unfurling of the NSD Flag. • Pinning of the NSD badge on employees. • Banners displayed at strategic locations in the units. • Safety competitions - Essay, Slogans, Posters, Housekeeping, Safety Performance, etc. • Safety suggestions. • Exhibitions. • One-act play/drama, songs, quawalis. • Training Programmes/Workshops/Seminars, etc. • Screening of safety films in units/employee colonies. • Practical demonstrations on PPE/Fire Fighting, etc. • Organising emergency drills. • Display of Mobile Exhibition. • Holding award functions. • Invite eminent guest speakers. • Community Awareness Programmes.