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Zero accidents and diseases at workplace: Workshop by IED at Odisha

Post by Bimal Sahu, former Insurance Commissioner, ESIC, Ministry of Labour.

A half day workshop on “Empowering Workers & Entrepreneurs on Safety, Security & Skill Development By Educating Women and Children that Zero Accident & Disease At Workplace Is Possible” organized by Institute Of Entrepreneurship Development(IED), Bhubaneswar on 30th July, 2017.

With objectives of sensitising workers and entrepreneurs including students on Safety, Social Security & Skill Development with focus on ” Zero Accidents & Disease At Workplace Is Possible”. About 60 persons from workers, Entrepreneurs and mainly MBA students from IED participated in this 3 hours programme. 

The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Amar Satpathy, Chief Whip of Odisha Government along with Mr. Samarendra Sahu, Director General of IED, Odisha, Mr. B. Sekar, AGM of Indian Bank, Bhubaneswar, Mr. Madan Dhal, Vice President, INTC, Mr. Ramesh Behera, Assistant Director representing Chief Inspector Factories, besides myself. All speakers stressed on the importance of Zero Accident & Disease At Workplace which was further highlighted by MR. Amar Satpathy, hon’ble Chief Guest who wanted that Odisha should benefit from such programme to minimize if not eliminate accidents in factories in the state. He also extended his support  for the proposed symphosium of DGUV along with labour department, Govt. Of Odisha in November 2017.

In the inaugural session, a pocket size booklet (second edition) was released by the Chief Guest which was distributed to all the participants. The technical sessions were handled by myself with presentation on “Safety, Social Security & Skill Development”, Mr. Ramesh Behera on safety education along with a safety video which was very educative and by Mr. Madan Dhal as a trade union- spoke about the importance of safety, social security & skill development and lauded the efforts of DGUV and Focal Point Office for taking up  such programmes. The CEO of the institute stressed for more co-operation between the institute and DGUV on good practices in future,as proposed by me for having an MoU for creating a centre of excellence supported by BG / DGUV which will strengthen the co-operation activity in India.

The workshop concluded with a stress management session by Mr. Panda to keep a balanced life for Entrepreneurs & Workers with practical demonstration of safety tips including road accidents etc to save lives. The workshop ended with working lunch for all the participants and Guests.

Conclusion:-

1) By educating particularly students of management, it will greatly help future entrepreneurs to benefit productivity & profitability in the long run.

2) Scope for future co-operation with institute like IED, Govt. Of Odisha for creating a centre of excellence for which your discussion with XLRI may please be referred. This proposal may please be examined at your level for further necessary action.

3) The release of pocket size booklet was another landmark- containing tips and essential informations involving Safety, Social Security & Skill Development.

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