Jharsuguda: Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, observed National Safety Week 2023 in and around its operations at Jharsuguda, Odisha through a week-long campaign to raise awareness among employees, business partners, and community members on the importance of adhering to safety measures. In line with the theme ‘Our Aim – Zero Harm’, the company carried out a slew of awareness programs on the importance of observing safety precautions and protocols. Through these efforts, the company reached out to more than 2400 people in the district as part of the campaign.
As part of the campaign, the company carried out initiatives underscoring the importance of safety, which included a community bike rally, quizzes, skit competitions, eye check-ups for Heavy Motor Vehicle drivers and health camps for business partners. These were bolstered by safety training sessions for community members at Purna village, Jharsuguda. A special initiative involving the company’s business partners – ‘Ghar Se Ghar Tak’ & ‘Suraksha Kutumbh’ was also conducted to ensure safety awareness among families of the company’s business partners. A blood donation camp organized on the occasion saw employees and business partners donate over 100 units of blood, which were provided to the Jharsuguda District Blood Bank.
The week-long celebration concluded with a ceremony in the presence of Mr. Manoj Mishra, Assistant Director of Factories & Boilers, Jharsuguda, where plant safety champions and winners of the various safety competitions held as part of Safety Week were felicitated.
Reiterating the company’s safety-first culture, Sunil Gupta, CEO – Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda said, “At Vedanta Aluminium, safety is not just a priority, it’s a core value. As we observe National Safety Week, we recommit ourselves to fostering a culture of care and safety, both for our employees and the communities in which we operate. Vedanta Aluminium remains at the forefront of promoting a safety-first culture and contributing to a safer and healthier community. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our operations continue to be safe, secure, and sustainable.”
Speaking on the occasion, Manoj Mishra, Assistant Director of Factories & Boilers, Jharsuguda said, “Vedanta’s efforts to cultivate a behaviour and mindset of safety is truly commendable. I thank Vedanta for their unwavering commitment to promoting safety awareness, not only within their organization but also in the surrounding communities.”
Vedanta Aluminium is committed to building a safe workplace and community by continually enhancing its Safety Management Systems with advanced technologies and robust processes. The company has implemented several safety initiatives, including Suraksha Sankalp – a Safety Culture Transformation Programme, Agnivahini – an all-women fire-fighting team, regular Safety Stand-downs on the plant shopfloor, safety awareness sessions & training sessions for students and community members, and mock-drill sessions in association with specialist bodies such as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA).