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Occupational Health and Safety challenges in India


India is a multi-diversity country with many races, religions and languages with unbending integrity. It is growing rapidly in economy with its enormous massive workforce in various sectors such as IT, manufacturing, construction and etc. In our country, 90 % of the workers and 50% of the national products come from informal workforce who works for unorganized industries. In fact, World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that only 10–15% of workers are accessing the basic occupational health services across the world that applies to our country too.

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State of informal Workers

Recently, two labors were affected by the exposure of toxic substances such as toluene and silicone due to the negligence in the safety measures while cleaning the tanks in Chennai. If the safety officers with expertise in confined space were there, this incident could have been avoided. The workers in the unorganized companies encounter severe health issues due to insufficient fund allocation for safety precautions, slackness in the implementation of Law & regulation, shortage of OSH professionals for health and safety and many more. This results in risks of accidents, diseases like pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic lung diseases and also leads to hearing losses.

As per economical statistics, poor occupational health reduces working capacity of the workers and causes an economic loss of up to 10–20% of GNP (Gross National Product).As a result, it affects the national productivity in a large scale. Presently, there are only about 1,000 qualified occupational health professionals and around 100 qualified hygienists in India. As far as our population is concerned, the availability of health professionals is in the poor state.

Challenges for Women

Now a days, the number of women employees in various sectors in our country is increasing over the years. The extended work hours put them in mental-stress as they have other responsibilities like child care and etc. that causes health problems to the women. Especially for pregnant women, the exposed toxic chemicals affect the foetuses and as a result, new-born baby could have chronic diseases due to exposure.

Solutions

The analysis and implementation of Health and Safety measures must be the prime concern for our country today. The first step is to provide safety consciousness to the workers and then by providing effective practical training and arranging safety awareness programmes.Practical training is the best solution as the informal workers do not have proper education and experience. Government has to devise the suitable legislation structures to extend OSH coverage to the unorganized sectors and spreading the awareness about OSH among employers and appointing required OSH professionals. The employer has to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees, through provision of safe plant and systems of work, and providing correct information, instruction, training and supervision.

Need of Safety Providers

The effective training to the employees and periodical auditing in the organized industries reduced the risk of accidents in a remarkable scale. Employers could utilize the tailor-made practical training provided by the safety institutes in appropriate with industry’s manufacturing for the growth of the industry.

NIST is the leading safety training institute in India, offering safety courses including practical training such as confined space attendant and fire watcher. These courses are very essential to protect the workers from the potential risks.

World Earth Day


UNESCO has chosen the most required theme for the 22nd April 2017 World Earth Day as “Climate Literacy and Environment”.  Earth is one of the precious natures’ gift for living beings to survive and decorate the life.

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  • Are we protecting the earth?
  • Are we conserving water?
  • Do we plant enough trees?
  • Don’t we pollute the environment?
  • Do we endure the weather?

If the answer is yes, we are worth living in the planet, if not we have to seriously contemplate and action on this. Environmental practitioners, HSE specialists and other relevant authorities from national and international bodies involved in raising awareness to protect the environment. Dr Abdul Kalam strongly emphasized for planting trees to have sufficient water for future generation.

Drastic drought, hurricanes, cyclones, Tsunamis, earthquakes and change in monsoon are due to the pollution happened across land, water and air. Heat stroke, heat wave and heat stress are unusual due to ecological modification. This give raise to various diseases and affect the healthy survival of human beings to living things in land, water and air.

It is acceptable that many multi-national companies, governmental and non-governmental organisations come forward in various eco-friendly activities. ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – Clean India Movement is an excellent initiation from the government in 2014. However the implementation is the major challenge as it is the responsibility of every individual to protect the mother earth for healthy and safe living.

People or organisation involved in deforestation, pesticides, hazardous chemical spillage in land and water have spoilt the environmental cycle results in major life threat and existence of the planet. Audit, inspection and review from relevant authorities with strong enforcement of penalties, punishment will protect the country and planet from further impairment.

This is the right time to take an oath to protect the ‘Mother Earth’ where we can implement as individual, schools, colleges, organisations and public to support the UNESCO initiatives for such wonderful cause.

World Health Day – Depression – Let’s talk


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The purpose of existence is to live, create a healthy and happy life. If the fundamental factor of survival itself is gone for toss by various health, safety and environmental issues the purpose of existence gets disturbed. Thus the need for World Health Day arises to safeguard the global human health be it physical, mental or well-being and chosen the theme of the year 2017 as “Depression: Let’s talk”.

We are living in the century where the globe is floating with technology; every nook and corner are in surveillance. During the earlier centuries and before the invention of mobile phone, internet & email the human relationship, networking with family & friends, physical fitness were stronger. Inspite of all these developments, the required aspects become weaker hence people easily fall it into depression.

Another major reason is considered as work-life balance. White collar job is the top priority nowadays, where mental challenges are very high compared to physical work. If a person happens to work in the laptop for 8 hours a day, the required physical activity is discounted. Besides the demanding target and deadline, the unwanted substances in the body adding fuel to the fire results in depression.

WHO statistics says globally more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Starts from personages to pauper no one is exempted from depression. The death toll is getting increased day by day as people unable to find solutions to get mental strength. Schools, colleges and corporates are seeking for health & well-being programmes. Doctors, Therapist, clinical psychologists and spiritual gurus are the demand of the hour whom needy people seek for.

One should learn to manage the art of balancing the work, relationships, physical fitness, nutrition, spiritual factors and personal space in order to live a healthy and happy living. Health is the basic foundation to build a successful life. Our ancestors live with the best of the health with the limited resources but we invite only terminal illness by changing our lifestyle.

Occupational health is the most required education required for a person to balance their work whichever they choose for. Medical professional says, if any person needs to stand/sit for 8 hours a day, needs to sit/lay atleast 4 hours with sufficient break besides the 7 hours’ sleep. Be it manual handling, work at height, chemical exposure, working in extreme temperatures, dusty/windy environment, confined air conditioned atmosphere, machineries, noise, strenuous travel, lone working, extreme behaviour, harassment, bullying etc., should be identified with suitable control measures to relax and free from depression.

HSE professionals and practitioners have enormous responsibility to share awareness, give shoulders to people in depression to overcome their pain. Let us understand the depression and create awareness during this World Health Day, a wonderful initiation by WHO.

NEBOSH IGC COURSE CALENDAR – NIST


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NIST shares its journey of conducting Food Safety Courses in India as akey for all food handlers.

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment

International Food safety certificates in India, Every food handler’s badge to accomplish their goals

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”  – James Beard

NIST shares its journey of conducting Food Safety Courses in India as akey for all food handlers.

NIST & Food Safety in a nutshell from start till present, whilst the long trails to be traveled it is essential to begin with an explanation of significance of these certificates the changes it had evoked in candidates who have pursued the same.

CIEH Food Safety Course in Chennai was the inaugural batch happened in NIST Teynampet, where the candidates were from different domains, a fresher from a chemistry background, an experienced professional from Aviation Catering. A Non Resident Indian working in the Middle East in a Catering kitchen. A professional working in a hospitality management services as quality analyst.

International Food Safety Courses in Kolkata was majorly addressed by food handlers present there amidst the enquiries we conducted the CIEH food Safety course in Delhi and candidates interested in Kolkata, Pune and Mumbai desired to attend the course as early as possible as they were eagerly waiting for this cadre of course to happen in India.

There were different groups of professionals, aspiring students and Food Handlers who were present in the batch, to mention a few there was a CEO of an organic food manufacturing Company, a Sous Chef from a reputed five star hotel, a chemist of a pharmaceutical company and the course syllabus was just the right course in the right time for them to attain their professional goals.

CIEH Food safety course in Bangalore, this batch was packed with Quality Control Professionals working in Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Company made us realize the value of food safety in the diversified domains.

As a part of corporate training, more than 100 candidates of a cruise line catering were given CIEH food safety training as a preamble for all the food handlers before joining their work. In addition to the fresher’s training we also have conducted more than 200 CIEH Food Safety Course in Chennai for delegates working in Cruise Line catering.

Cleaning, Cooking, Chilling and Cross Contamination are the basic concepts which are given skill based training in the CIEH food safety Course, where we include activity based learning by use of demonstration techniques, group discussion and role-play. The effectiveness of these training with these many skills ensured the students in facing a Multiple Choice Questions.

NIST’s journey of conducting CIEH food safety started in chennai, was much welcomed in the cosmopolitan city. Our pilot studies projected a very clear picture of the scope of the CIEH Food Safety Course have thriven us to admit the demand for food safety courses in India.

When we voice about International Food Safety qualifications, CIEH (UK) is the eldest, prominent and reputed awarding body in delivering Food Safety Certifications. CIEH (UK) food safety certifications are very much famous in Middle East and other foreign countries to an extent where most of the reputed employers have made these CIEH (UK) Food Safety course as a mandatory certificate for joining the course.

As this is just a beginning NIST is intensifying CIEH Food Safety Certificates globally to countries like Sri Lanka and Middle East, NIST is organizing a “Testimony Campaign” to prove the significance of the CIEH Food Safety Training delivered by NIST Institute Pvt Ltd.

NIST is in the process of creating an environment of skilled food handlers all over the globe. NIST’s goal is to make every 3 out of 5 food handlers present globally should be an alumni of NIST and CIEH Food Safety Certificate Holder.

Any science or chemistry based graduate have a promising opportunity in this Food domain. For students pursuing bachelors or masters in chemistry, biotechnology, biochemistry, zoology and microbiology can qualify themselves with this qualification to get placed in a food manufacturing unit. It is obviously known that any student pursuing bachelors or masters in Catering and Hotel management can upgrade their employability opportunities in Aviation Catering, Institutional Catering, Industrial Catering etc.,

Hence as we have the commitment of delivering CIEH food safety Qualifications globally, we realize a very optimistic potential in this food safety domain for  all the science basedgraduates and working professionals in FMCG, Pharmaceutical, food manufacturing, catering and retail industries as food handlers existing globally;

We are very keen in creating a strong brand value for food safety as NIST. Apart from creating business, NIST Food Safety’s main objective is to create awareness, impart knowledge and enhance skillset of all the food handlers spread globally by having CIEH Food Safety Certificate as a key vehicle.

Summary:

NIST Institute once again wishes to prove its caliber in creating a ‘brand value’ for food safety as NIST. As we are already a synonym for HSE Training globally. From the alumni of CIEH Food Safety Certificates from NIST and with the innumerous response and calls coming from food handlers present globally we realize a very optimistic potential in this food safety domain for  all the science basedgraduates and working professionals in various domains globally.

Training Fire Safety Management Corporate

September 15, 2011 3 comments

Overview
The Level 2 Award in Fire Safety Principles allows candidates to develop their basic fire safety awareness. It is particularly useful for employees who are to have a designated responsibility for workplace fire safety, for example as fire wardens or fire marshals, and provides the knowledge that will allow them to carry out duties relating to fire safety and emergency procedures.
Successfully completing the Level 2 Award in Fire Safety Principles will enable you to become a fire warden/marshal in your organisation.
Outline Programme
This qualification covers the following topics:
Causes of fire in the workplace
Fire hazards
Characteristics of fire and smoke spread
Fire control methods
Means of escape
Fire detection and raising the alarm
Extinguishing fires
Fixed fire-fighting systems
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Legal duties and penalties
Fire risk assessment
Fire safety inspections
Role of the fire warden
Induction briefings
Qualification information
Designed for :Employees who hope to develop their basic fire safety awareness in order to assist their employer by undertaking more specific fire safety roles in the workplace to manage fire risk (e.g. as fire wardens/marshals/stewards etc.)
Course duration : One-day course
Assessment method : Multiple-choice examination
Ofqual accredited : Yes
Pre-requisite : None, although basic fire safety awareness to Level 1 standard is recommended
Suggested progression : CIEH Level 3 Award in Fire Safety Risk Assessment and Control (coming soon)