India is the fastest growing economy in the world. The recent government policies boost the indigenous manufacturing activities and catalysis the economic growth in the country. Safety excellence in all walks of life is a must for the progress of any country.
Occupational Health and Safety can improve the productivity by cutting the healthcare and social costs of injury and illness, increasing the ability of people to work by improving their health, improving productivity by stimulating more efficient working methods and technologies and reducing the number of people who retire early or who are unavailable for work due to injury and illness. Both healthy individuals and society as a whole is more productive.
International Labour Organisation has plotted competitiveness rankings with occupational health and safety (OHS) ratings of the countries in the world. It is found that more competitive countries have superior OHS ratings. Countries with less developed OHS systems spend a far higher percentage of their GDP on work related injury and illness taking resource away from more productive activities. The ILO estimates that work related illness and accidents cost up to 10% GDP in Latin America compared to just 2.6% t0 3.85 in the European Union. Currently India is plotted close to the Latin American countries.
It is our collective endeavor to make the country progress as an economic super power in the coming years. This can be achieved only by improving the OHS ratings of the country. National Safety Council will be at the forefront for leading the country towards safety excellence in order to achieve economic progress. All our programmes in the coming year will be aimed to achieve this goal. I invite all our stakeholders to be part of our journey towards OHS excellence of the country.
Shri. C K Soman
General Manager (Operations)
BPCL – Kochi Refinery