The hazard that is being posed to human lives from
industrial sectors has come under the scanner of Odisha government.
The State Crisis group, in its meeting held under the
Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Mr. Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat
conference hall yesterday (1 March ’17) laid focus on measures to be taken for
prevention of industrial hazard.
The Principal Secretary Labour Mr. G. Srinivas
presented the updates and outlined the issues for discussion. Reviewing the
actions taken so far in this direction, Chief Secretary Mr. Padhi directed the
industrial units to shift the hazardous prone units, chemical and gas storages
etc from heavily populated areas and close vicinity of the towns and reset
those in safe distance locations. The respective hazardous companies were also
told that enforcement measures would be stringent against them in case of their
failure to shift the hazardous units to safe locations within specified time
period. The companies dealing with explosives and hazardous chemicals were
asked to have their internal mechanism and SOP ready for prevention of any
crisis and immediate response to any emergency situation. Chief Secretary Mr.
Padhi further asked them to conduct regular emergency drills to keep all their
safety measures and mechanism in all readiness to respond.
Development Commissioner Mr. R.Balakrishnan
adding to the directions of the Chief Secretary advised the companies to have
detail SOP for coordination with district administration, ODRAF units, fire
stations and rapid action teams who would come to their immediate rescue.
It was decided in the meetings that the
companies would put in the internal surveillance system to have regular safety
audit to identify potential threats before they have any impact on the safety.
The field functionaries of the Directorate of Factories & Boilers were
directed to enforce compliance to the measures suggested through safety audits.
Principal Secretary Sri Srinivas appraised that around 34 such compliances were
ensured during 2016.
The issues relating to hazard identification, risk management,
preparation of on-site & off-site emergency plan, acquiring emergency
management infrastructure, training of personnel and stake holders and
organization of mock drills were discussed and resolved in the meeting. The
meeting also decided to intensify awareness generating activities prevention of
industrial hazards through seminars, conferences and meetings at local levels.
Available data show, presently 4025 number of
registered factories, 2277 registered boilers and 4, 90,227 licensed manpower
dealing with hazardous materials are operating in the state. Around 13
districts have major accident hazardous factories. Near about 168 accident
prone factories have been identified in the State. So far district crisis groups
are functioning in 25 districts under the chairmanship of respective
Collectors. It may be pertinent here to mention that the Central Crisis Group
functions under Cabinet Secretary Govt of India, the State Crisis Group
functions under Chief Secretary, the District Crisis Groups function under
respective collectors & district magistrates and the Local Crisis Groups
function at industrial pockets under the Chairmanship of respective Additional
District Magistrates or Sub-Collectors as the case may be. A total number of
273 mock drills were conducted in the year 2016 in more accident prone
factories. Because of the continuous surveillance, the number of fatal
accidents in the State has been reduced to 37 during 2016-17 from 121 during
the year 2009-2010. Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed the Collector,
Jagatsinghpur to take a meeting of all stake holders and chalk out detail work
plan to deal with any oil spill disaster in future.
The Development Commissioner Mr. R.Balakrishnan,
Principal Secretary Labour Mr. G.Srinivas, Principal Secretary Industry Mr.
Sanjeeb Chopra, Principal Secretary Home Mr. Asit Kumar Tripathy, Principal
Secretary Forest & Environment Mr. Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Secretary
Health & Family Welfare Mr. Pramod Meherda, Chairman-cum-Managing Director,
Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency, Mrs. Roopa Mishra along with other
senior officers from various industries and the concerned departments
participated in the deliberations.