Following the recent spate of industrial accidents in Andhra Pradesh, the AP Pollution Control Board recently held a webinar sensitizing industry on the various safety norms and procedures.
The first in a series of 12 programs these webinars undertaken by AP Pollution Control Board aim to make Andhra Pradesh an accident free and environment friendly State.
The initial webinar titled “Planning for Enhanced Safety Performance by the Process Industry” was inaugurated by Mr Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, Minister for Energy, Environment, Forests, Science & Technology, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking on the occasion the minister informed that as per the vision and the instructions of the Chief Minister of AP Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had appointed a High-Power Committee to examine and analyze the circumstances leading to industrial accidents during COVID time.
‘The Government is promoting industries with top most priority to safety and environment’ said Mr Balineni.
Mr. Neerabh Kumar Prasad, I.A.S., Special Chief Secretary to Govt. EFS&T Department, Andhra Pradesh spoke on the incident of Styrene vapour leak in LG Polymers in Visakhapatnam and requested all the participants to go through the report of the High Power Committee on the incident and gave an elaborate address on the observations and recommendations made by the High Power Committee in chapter 7 regarding safety.
He further informed that safety is a culture to be embedded in every occupant in the industrial premises, the concerned regulatory authority and that the Government of Andhra Pradesh is coming up with an elaborate policy on safety, formulating protocols to ensure accident free industrial operations in the State.
Mr. B.S.S Prasad, I.F.S., Chairman, APPCB and Mr. Vivek Yadav, I.A.S., Member Secretary, APPCB addressed the participants and informed about organizing training programmes on industrial safety in co-ordination with Factories Department through Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI). This they said would be through a series of 12 programs for six months, one program in every 15 days on a specific topic such as Process Safety Management (PSM), Hazard Identification (HAZID), Hazard and Operability, Unit Operations and understanding the safety aspects, Risk Assessment and Disaster Management Planning, Safe Handling of Chemicals, Safety Audit, Near Miss Reporting, Incident Investigation, Behaviour Based Safety, Mock drills, Electrical Safety, Industry Practices in the Environment Area, etc.
Top management of companies and industries were urged to participate and to utilize the training programmes for improving the quality of safety precautions and prevention measures to ensure accident-free industrial operations.