Health and Safety
Report Boundary: Data presented in this section covers six decorative paint plants, two chemical plants, one industrial coating plant, one powder coating plant and R&T center.
We endeavour to follow industry accredited best practices on health and safety management across our operations. We are committed to conducting our operations in a responsible manner to ensure safety of workers, protect the environment and maintain integrity of our assets. Our goal is to enhance safety in our field units and prevent accidents at all times.
With a focus on minimising the incident severity rate, frequency rate and absenteeism, we have launched targeted initiatives to provide training across aspects like electrical safety, firefighting equipment, use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and material handling. We also raise awareness about safety and use simple checklist to manage safe practices. To identify risks and reduce vulnerability to emergency we have set up systems at all our operational facilities with detailed procedures and plans. A record of health and safety incidents at all facilities is maintained routinely. All key incidents are studied in detail and precautions are taken to avoid reoccurrence.
Learning from the root cause analysis of the fatality that occured during the year, we have developed a robust plan for implementing projects to reduce man-machine interface for eliminating such occurrence
At office places and manufacturing units we have installed location specific interventions. Through location specific programmes, areas such as women safety, lifestyle, stress, yoga, meditation are addressed. We ensure that safety standards are properly implemented and followed in our sales offices and dedicated health and safety coordinators are responsible for ensuring that the standards are followed. Emphasis is laid on creating a participatory governance model to implement safety management systems and regular training on health, safety and emergency preparedness is provided. Safety training workshops are conducted regularly for employees, workmen and contractual employees.
Health and safety aspects are covered in all our formal agreements with trade unions and contractors, and are a part of the Settlement Book. The following broad aspects are included:
Maintaining safe working conditions, keeping discipline, avoiding waste and reducing absenteeism
Co-operation in introducing new management systems and sustaining existing management and housekeeping systems
Participatory governance of health and safety through Quality Circles, suggestion schemes, training and capacity building
The Occupational Health Centre at Patancheru plant received a certificate of appreciation from the Director of Factories, Telangana State in recognition of maintenance of best occupational health centre as per the statute.
The Patancheru and Khandala plant partnered with Healthsprings to revamp health centres with an aim to secure health, safety and emergency management practices at the plant. Beginning with a gap assessment and mapping exercise to understand employee expectations, medical centres were set up on site with qualified medical professionals to monitor the health of our employees on regular basis. A software tool was launched to create a plant level management information systems, tracking and monitor healthcare metrics. As a result of these interventions, we have recorded a marked improvement in employee satisfaction on healthcare support.
As part of Kasna plant upgrade, changes were introduced to improve hygiene, safety, efficiency, equipment automation and also reduce ergonomic risks. The facility was revamped with zero accidents at the plant without compromising on any service parameters. A phase wise approach with safety assessment and stage based analysis included a hazard and operability (HAZOP) study for operational processes, driven by a cross-functional team comprising Safety, Production and Engineering. Prior to site mobilisation all workmen underwent a safety induction programme and 97 ‘Job Safety Analysis’ were conducted. We could achieve a reduction in VOC emissions, noise levels, energy consumption, ergonomic risks and a total of 4.5 million accident free man hours.
The Behavioural Based Safety (BBS) program at the Ankleshwar plant was initiated two years back. This year we built upon this program to build a culture of personnel risk assessment through the HARP exercise to promote a safety conscious working environment and also conducted a BBS readiness assessment was conducted at Patancheru.
At the Asian Paints’ Phthalic division, accidents resulting in bodily injury were a concern. To address this, a project under the banner “Zero Accidents” was initiated at the division to eliminate accidents. The project is driven by a philosophy recognises safety as a culture requiring leadership and accountability at all levels. As part of the project a well-conceived safety strategy was developed with a phased implementation plan. A ‘Safety Leadership Program’ was launched to raise awareness and promote collective responsibility.
Key outcomes of the program:
- Developed a customised OHSAS index to assess the health and safety metrics
- Provided a platform to share learnings through an analysis of past accidents
- Developed ‘Golden Safety Rules’