Road Safety Week | 11 th January to 17 th January
Every year, more than 1.50 lakhs people lose their lives in our country in road accidents and many more are debilitated. This causes immense economic hardship and emotional trauma to their families. There is an urgent need to make our roads safer as the loss of lives and limbs cannot be accepted as the price of mobility. There is a need for the society at large to take cognizance of the issue and to join hands to make road safety a social movement. To give all the stakeholders an opportunity to take part in concerted action for the cause. Road Safety Week is observed throughout the country every year in order to highlight and emphasize the need for safer roads. It is also an opportunity for all stakeholders to contribute to the cause by taking up activities to promote the concept. We bring out Banners and conduct Road shows highlighting the importance of Road Safety, webinars by experienced hands during the period.
National Safety Week | 4th March to 10th March
March 4 is perhaps, the most important day in the life of every safety professional as our nation rekindles the spirit of safety to all our citizens. March 4, 2023 marks the 52nd National Safety Day. The day also marks the founding of National Safety Council. On this day, in 1966, the National Safety Council (NSC) was set up by the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India as an independent, non-commercial, non-profit making, non-political and autonomous society. NSC is registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and a Trust under the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. It has been setup to educate and influence society to adopt appropriate policies, practices and procedures for preventing and reducing human suffering and economic loss arising from all types of accidents. There are Twelve Chapters of National Safety Council in the Country.
It was in 1962 during the 22nd Labour Ministers’ Conference that a decision to convene a Conference on ‘Safety in Factories’ was considered. Along with it the setting up a National Safety Council for conducting a campaign on accident prevention was also considered. Following this, ‘The President’s first Conference on Industrial Safety’ was organized in Delhi from December 11-13, 1965 by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India (GOI) in co-operation with the State Governments, Employer’s Organizations, Trade Unions and Institutions concerned. In the conference there was consensus amongst all concerned on setting up National and State Safety Councils. The 24th Session of the Standing Labour Committee accepted the proposal concerning the constitution of the National Safety Council (NSC) in February, 1966. Thus, NSC was set up on 4th March, 1966 by the Ministry of Labour, Government of India. Since then, the annual observance has significantly contributed to reduction in the rate of industrial accidents and created wide spread safety awareness even in such sectors which have not been covered by any safety legislation. The campaign is comprehensive, general and flexible with an appeal to the participating organizations to develop specific activities as per their safety requirements.
We bring out banners and badges, conduct various competitions for Industries, employees, students and general public.
National Fire Service Week | 14th April – 20th April
To enhance the awareness on Fire prevention, a week-long observation is conducted to focus about the necessity of minimising losses due to fire. 14th April is also observed as ‘Martyrs’ Day’ to pay homage to those brave fire fighters who sacrificed their lives while discharging their duties. NSC-KC also introduced ‘Best Fire Safety Innovation Award’ and ‘Best Fire Fighter award`.
We bring out banners and badges, conduct various webinars/seminars and talks to employees, students and general public
World Day for Safety & Health at Work | 28th April
In 2003, the International Labour Organization (ILO), began to observe World Day in order to stress the prevention of accidents and diseases at work, capitalizing on the ILO’s traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue.
This celebration is an integral part of the Global Strategy on Occupational Safety and Health of the ILO, as documented in the Conclusions of the International Labour Conference in June 2003. One of the main pillars of the Global Strategy is advocacy, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a significant tool to raise awareness of how to make work safe and healthy and of the need to raise the political profile of occupational safety and health. It promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.
28 April is also the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers organized worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996.
A session for truck drivers are also planned during the period. Eye check-up for truck drivers will be done during the period. Safety Snippets on awareness will be released through media channels on this day.
World Environment Day | 5th JuneWorld Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise awareness and generate action on a pressing environmental issue. The Day offers an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments and renew our resolve in overcoming the environmental challenges facing the world today. Held annually since 1974, World Environment Day is a vital platform for promoting progress on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals. Governments, major corporations, non-governmental organizations, local communities, celebrities and citizens around the world adopt the World Environment Day brand and participate in celebrations every year in support of the environment. Since its beginning in 1974, World Environment Day has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. Millions of people have taken part over the years, helping drive change in our consumption habits as well as in national and international environmental policy.
Behaviour Based Safety Day | 22nd JuneIn 2020, the HSE Forum-Kerala in association with the National Safety Council -Kerala Chapter came out with a unique idea of observing a day for Behaviour Based Safety on 22nd June every year, which is first of its kind in the history of safety management. The vision behind such an observance is to inculcate and improve the safety culture among people through the proven scientific tool called behaviour-based safety (BBS), an approach that focuses on identifying and changing unsafe worker behaviours. Through BBS Day, we also commemorate the work of Mr. H W Heinrich, an industrial pioneer whose work forms the basis for behaviour-based safety.
National Electrical Safety Week | 26th June – 2nd Jul
The Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Govt. of India in their standing committee meeting held on 13th Sept 2019 decided the date for observance of first National Electrical Safety Week (NESW) to be commenced from 26th June 2020, to raise the awareness and enthusiasm among the public and industries on Electrical Safety.
With a view to supplement the efforts of the CEA, the National Safety Council (NSC), which is the national level organisation working in the field of Safety, Health and Environment, took initiative and decided to actively promote campaign of NESW among its members, industries and power sector utilities.
The Campaign is aimed at renewing the commitment of employees and general public to promote a participative approach for safe use of electricity.
To observe the week effectively, NSC-KC brings out various promotional materials with safety messages on Electrical Safety through Banners, Badges, awareness training programs.
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction | 13th Oct
The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDR) was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.
It encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster-resilient communities and nations. The United Nations General Assembly designated October 13 as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction as part of its proclamation of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.
In 2002, by a further resolution, the General Assembly decided to maintain the annual observance as a vehicle to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including prevention, mitigation, and preparedness.
In 2009, the UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13 as the official date for this day, and also changed the name to International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.