There is a clear message from the top management, that safety is one of the top most priorities for Thermax. Safety is considered as a line responsibility throughout the organisation. The applicable national rules and regulations are complied with a minimum standard procedure and there is always an effort to continually improve the HSE performance through the structured management system.
Thermax has been certified for OHSAS:18001 (Occupational Health Safety Assessment Series) and ISO:14001 (Environment Management System) International Standard for continuous improvement in Health, Safety and Environment.
To improve the safety at workplace, jobs that are undertaken go through a job hazard analysis process so that the hazards are identified and control measures are put in place. In Thermax the ERIC (elimination, reduce, control, isolate) philosophy for safety at the workplace, is an integral part of plant and site activities.
Thermax encourages a lot of employee engagement initiatives to inculcate culture of safety as way of life. A well-defined safety policy has been displayed and communicated to the employees. Some of the practices in vogue are as under:
- Formation of a safety committee having equal participation of shop floor operators.
- Training of all levels of employees working in manufacturing units, offices as well as at sites. This includes not only the Thermax employees but also the employees of sub-contractors/contractors of outsourced activities.
- Putting the ‘Disaster Management Plan’ in place where employees at the shop floor are trained to perform roles such as 'fire fighters, 'first aid attendants' to deal with any emergency that may arise.
- Provision of good quality personal protective equipment to all at the shop floor.
- Training of operators to conduct 'Safety Audits' on the shop floor and at the site.
A Central Safety Committee comprising of all shop floor managers and representatives of labor union reviews and resolves issues elevated to the committee. To reinforce the culture safety ‘Safety Week' is celebrated in the month of March by organizing safety slogan and poster competition, etc. On the occasion of safety day all employees take the safety oath. All visitors to the manufacturing premises are briefed about the hazards within the premises and safety requirements. Regular mock drills are conducted to ensure preparedness in dealing with emergencies.
Actions to Promote a Safety Mindset:
- Safety Induction to all personnel on joining at Project Site.
- Daily Safety Tool Box Talks: These Safety Talks are organised daily on a relevant subject, prior to commencement of work. 43 standard Safety Tool Box talks are prepared for Project Site Operations.
- On Job Training: On job training is organised for operators and slingers to understand critical points for safety in crane and machine operations. Contract workmen are operating machines at sites.
- Fire fighting demonstration: Demonstrations are organised on how to use portable fire extinguishers.
- Specialised training on Risk Assessment and Job Hazard Analysis for site engineers. This involves ongoing monitoring of the hazard identified, risk assessment and risk control processes and reviewing them to make sure they are working effectively. We are focusing on the ‘ERIC‘approach which is Eliminate, Reduce, Isolate and Control.
- General safety awareness during site conferences at HO. This programme provides information on behavioral safety, principles of accident prevention programme and how to keep the workplace
- Safe with appropriate control measures, by eliminating likely harm, injury or ill health.
- A Large Scale Interactive Process (LSIP) was held on January 11, 2008, where 200 Site-In-Charges along with the company leadership team comprising of the MD, EC members, all SBU Heads and Project Heads participated. There were more than 20 major commitments made, with an implementation plan complete with individual responsibilities and time targets.
- Safety organisation has been restructured in February 2008, to ensure the continuing focused approach towards safety.