Imagine a child being lured into taking a candy from a stranger with unhealthy intentions. You know the stranger looks dubious but you turn a blind eye and placate your conscience by saying that maybe the man knew the child, but leaving the fate of that child to your voice of reason is downright inappropriate. If it’s all happening in front of you, it is your duty to intervene and inform the police.
We live in a world where ensuring safety is not just the job of lawmen, but also each one of us. We must pledge to keep each other safe rather than leaving it all in the hands of the government or police. That’s the theme for this National Safety Day/Week 2017 which says ‘Keep Each Other Safe’.
Apart from real world safety and security, workplace safety is also a prime concern when it comes to industrial workers and factory labour, who work in unsafe environments and dire conditions. To safeguard the interests of this section, National Safety Council was set up on 4th March, 1966 to create, develop and sustain a voluntary movement on Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) at the national level. National Safety Day is celebrated every year throughout India to reiterate the importance of safety and create awareness throughout the country.
Key Objectives of the National Security Council
1. To make people aware of the Safety, Health and Environment issues throughout the country
2. To gain active participation from different industrial players at various levels
3. To promote a culture that involves both employers and employees in SHE activities
4. To develop need-based activities, SHE management systems and compliance with statutory requirements
5. To cover SHE sectors not included in any legal parameter
6. To remind employers of their responsibility in ensuring workplace safety
Rapid industrialization post-independence saw a rise in many industrial accidents and workplace mishaps. The chief objective of establishing NSC was to minimise harm to workers by preventing such accidents.
Organisations are also realising the importance of workplace safety and carrying out activities for awareness around the same. Training sessions, workshops, safety drives, and awareness campaigns are being carried out to sensitize employees and employers about this issue.
This National Safety Day/Week, let’s pledge to keep each other safe by creating a secure environment not just at the workplace, but outside of the workplace as well.