Health and Safety Policy
Good Practice: Creating Awareness to Increase Near Miss Reporting
The health and safety of our stakeholders and customers are of utmost importance. Taking care of our environment and maintaining a balance is also an important part of our values and vision. From labourers to employees to our customers and the environment, the safety of all these elements is taken under consideration under all circumstances and situations. One of the vital parameters to maintain safety in and around workplace is to report near misses. Research has shown that serious accidents or loss incidents are often preceded by warnings or near miss incidents where an injury, damage or loss was very near. Recognizing and reporting these events can significantly improve workplace safety.
Interactive Session on First aid
Chittorgarh Cement Plant (CCP) team organised an interactive session focused on road safety and first aid for all the ladies (family members of employees) at the Community Hall. The session involved basic first aid training with demonstration of bandaging techniques and awareness about what to keep in a first aid box of any vehicle and at home and the specific use of each item. 18 ladies and 6 kids attended the session which was conducted by Dr Abhinav Atul (Resident Medical Officer, CCP).
H&S Orientation Training
Five day Health and Safety orientation training program was organised at EOO. The objective of the training was to introduce new, inexperienced, transferred and returning employees to a safe and healthy workplace. The training is specifically designed to quickly orient new joiners to Nuvoco’s H&S practices thereby reducing transition period. Altogether 15 participants from various locations attended the training which was facilitated by Bimal Ghosh, Head H&S Cement. The training was organised in collaboration with Industrial and Captive power Plant Project and training Departments. The event concluded with testimonies and formal feedback from the participants.
MCP Celebrated Road Safety Month Closing Ceremony
Mejia Cemen Plant (MCP) celebrated closing ceremony of road safety month. On this occasion they called the school children to counsel and engage with the truck drivers for road and driver safety. This has given a very good impact and emotional connect. Stickers were also prepared which were distributed by school children to all drivers at material gate whole day. Stickers contain the basic road safety rules in Bengali language.
A ball mill is a type of grinder used to grind and blend materials. The ball mill is a key piece of equipment for grinding crushed materials, and it is widely used in production lines for powders such as cement. Although highly efficient, the ball mills can be extremely dangerous machines if not operated properly. Therefore, the operators need to follow essential safety and maintenance tips.
Two day first aid training was organised for Kolkata Readymix team at Dankuni plant. The training was facilitated by St. Johns Ambulance, Kolkata and covered all important topics on basic first aid. Altogether 21 people participated and the program was organised by East HR team with the support of Dankuni team.
Good Practice: Implementing a Safety Training Matrix for New Joinees
‘Care’ is one of the defining values of Nuvoco. The health and safety of our stakeholders,
employees and customers are of utmost importance. It is a responsibility that everyone at
Nuvoco understands and takes seriously. Our aim at Nuvoco is ZERO Harm, and achieving
that goal should be every employee’s target. Taking a step towards this direction is
Chittorgarh Cement Plant (CCP), which has developed a Safety Training Matrix
Implementation and Tracking Programme for new joinees.
MCP observes Road Safety Month
Mr. Amit Pidiha, Plant Manager – MCP, inaugurated Road Safety Month on 8th January
2018 in the presence of the PMC Members. In his inaugural address, he emphasised on
Road Safety being an integral part of Nuvoco’s Values. Consequently, the focus during this
month would be on creating awareness through various activities like Nukkad Natak,
Vehicle Checking and Inspection Training, Road Safety Slogan and Drawing competitions
at nearby schools. They would also organise specialised training by OEMs on vehicle
maintenance, tyres and battery health for drivers, workmen and Nuvoco officers, along with
mass engagement with drivers by the PMC members.
Good Practice: Implementing triple language site checklist
RMX Mysore plant was using standard format customer site checklist in English language. Whereas site supervisors are from different places and are not so familiar with English. For example if there is a hazard found on site they did not mention it in site checklist due to language problem as they are only comfortable with local languages. Since the site checklist is only in English language the site supervisors are not able to read and comprehend them easily.
No plastic campaign by ACP
No plastic campaign was organised at Parsada Higher Secondary School, Parsada Village by Arasmeta Cement Plant (ACP). The message on discarding the use of plastics was given through Nukkad Natak by the school children. Approximately 110 students participated in the awareness campaign.
Nuvoco celebrated Swachhta Pakhwada
Swachhta Pakhwada was celebrated in Nuvoco by Arasmeta (ACP), Chittorgarh (CCP) and Sonadih (SCP) mines. During the fortnight long celebration various events were organised by these plants to create awareness on health, hygiene and environment in and around the mines area. Organised under the aegis of Indian Bureau of Mines and district authorities Swachhta Pakhwada is a special initiative of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which is aimed at mainstreaming sanitization and cleanliness across all departments and programmes of the Government. As part of the initiative CCP distributed 150 hygiene kits comprising of toothpaste, brush, soap, hair oil etc. to the labourers. Even the ladies club of all these plants actively took part in spreading the message of cleanliness and hygiene.
Inauguration of driver rest shelter at SCP
A newly constructed driver rest shelter was inaugurated at Sonadih Cement Plant (SCP) truck parking yard. New rest shelter has more space, better ventilation and entertainment facility as compared to the old one. It is equipped with more fans, television and resting benches for drivers.
Good Practice: Installing barricade around skip rope to eliminate the risk of falling
Skip rope which is used to pull the skip bucket in a batching plant holds a lot of importance as it moves the materials used in the production of concrete up and down. In that perspective skip rope, should be of good quality and lubricated frequently so that it functions without any glitches. However, while applying lubrication there is a risk with rolling objects. If a person is putting his hands into the skip rope to apply cardium compound and by accident somebody starts it then that person might lose his hands.
Eye camp organised at ACP
Eye check up camp was organised at Arasmeta Cement Plant (ACP) Occupational Health Centre. The camp was inaugurated by Sanjay Tyagi (VP – ACP). Around 180 employees including contract workers attended the camp.
Swachhta Pakhwada at Kirari Mines
Swachhta Pakhwada an initiative by Ministry of Mines, Central Government was started at Kirari mines, Arasmeta Cement Plant (ACP). This activity is aimed at increasing general awareness on health, hygiene and environment in and around the mine area. Locals from nearby villages also took part in the event. The initiative was inaugurated by Ritesh Kaimal (AGM – Mines) along with other members from the mines team.
BCP conducted acrophobia test
Bhiwani Cement Plant (BCP) organised Acrophobia test for all contract workmen whom are authorised to Work at Height (WAH). The Blood Pressure (BP) of all workers was taken before and after the test and analyzed whether they are fit for WAH. This will help to authorize right person for WAH, to maintain safety.
CCP organised various activities under Swachhata Pakhwada
As part of Swachhata Pakhwada organised under the aegis of the Indian Bureau of Mines, Ajmer region, Chittorgarh Cement Plant (CCP) carried out plantation drive in various schools and mining area. Altogether 300 saplings were planted as part of this initiative. Additionally, the students took cleanliness oath to maintain proper hygiene and sanitation within the school premises.
Cleanliness drive in SCP colony
Under Swachhta Pakhwada, observed by Mines Ministry, Government of India organised from 16th to 31st December, 2017, Sonadih Cement Plant (SCP) took an initiative of cleaning the colony. All colony residents came together and cleaned different areas of the colony. Not only adults but children also actively took part in the cleanliness drive.
Good Practice: Extending gear shaft for easy movement of conveyor chute
RMX Haripar plant (Rajkot) was facing a problem wherein the conveyor rotating chute motor frequently breaks down due to spillage of sand and dust on it. As a result manual rotating operation of chute was carried out, which posed slip and fall hazard risk when any person go inside the compartment bin gratings for rotating the chute. These circumstances also increase the maintenance cost thereby affecting productivity and efficiency of the plant.
CCP conducted training on use of rescue stretcher
As a part of emergency preparedness, a training session was conducted for ambulance drivers, fire-fighting team and security personnel at Chittorgarh Cement Plant (CCP). The objective of this training was to create awareness and demonstration on the use of rescue stretcher. Rescue stretcher can be used to safely evacuate an incapacitated person from an inaccessible place, where normal stretchers cannot be used.
CCP Mines inaugurated Swachhata Pakhwada
Chittorgarh Cement Plant (CCP) launched Swachhata Pakhwada at Arniya Joshi and Sitaram Ji Ka Khera Limestone Mines. The programme will be celebrated in the surrounding areas of CCP mines from 16th December to 31st December 2017, and will encompass awareness campaigns on general and mines cleanliness, hazards of open defecation, and also have a tree plantation drive. Organised under the aegis of the Indian Bureau of Mines, Ajmer region; Swachhta Pakhwada is a special initiative of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which is aimed at mainstreaming sanitization and cleanliness across all departments and programmes of the Government.
VFL training conducted for RMX Kolkata Area
A Visible Felt Leadership (VFL) session for the plant managers of the Kolkata area including HSE Manager, ASCO, Area P&M In charge and Zonal HR Manager was conducted by Shuvendu Basu, AVP HSE (RMX and Aggregates) and Sandeep Yadav, Business Manager. The session talked about the techniques of effective and engaging VFL. Participants were also briefed on the recent incidents and how these could have been averted through effective engagement at ground level. Lastly the participants were taken to field for hands on VFL training where they interacted with plant employees. Altogether 30 employees participated.
BLS training @SCP
Basic life support (BLS) training was organised at Sonadih Cement Plant (SCP) for plant rescue operators, critical care ambulance staff, hospital staff and first aiders. The training was conducted by Critical Care faculty of Ramkrishna Care Hospital, Raipur. It was very important to know the level of medical care that is required to be given to victims of life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be treated with full medical care at a hospital. Around 55 employees participated.
Good Practice: Elimination of WAH and reduction in water consumption
Every time the Transit Mixer (TM) goes for any delivery it has to be washed before another concrete can be loaded. To wash the TM’s lot of water is consumed which result in wasting of water. Simultaneously it takes a lot of time to refill the water in TM water storage tank. Additionally to wash the mixture drum the TM driver climbs through TM access ladder and there is a potential falling hazard.
Mines Safety week celebrated at SCP
Mines Safety week celebration started at Sonadih Cement Plant (SCP) under the aegis of Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS). On this occasion a “suraksha rath” was flagged of by SCP Mines Head Nitesh Raghuwanshi with a message to exercise zero tolerance towards unsafe acts. This safety van went to nearby villages and school to spread message on road, home and fire safety.
Good Practice: Implementing LOTOTO on gas cylinder
Gas cylinder has many uses – welding, cutting, heating, straightening, and descaling. The equipment is versatile, easy to move and cheap. It is so widely used that sometimes people forget about the dangers one of them being used by unauthorised person which can lead to serious injury and even damage to property. To avoid any such incidents RMX Vizag plant came up with a simple solution wherein they authorized the welder and gave him the LOTOTO lock key.
Health talk on precautions during winter
Jojobera Cement Plant (JCP) organised health talk by Dr. Chawla during monthly gate meeting. Dr. Chawla talked about the types of health issues and precautions to be taken during winter season. He also shed light on natural remedies which can be prepared at home to tackle these problems. Also training was conducted on disaster control and management plan for Occupational Health Centre (OHC) staffs. The training talked about the specific role each OHC staff has to play inside the plant during any kind emergency.
Good Practice: Installing permanent stopper on weighbridge platform
In most of the Readymix plants there are weighbridges which are used to weigh the materials in order to
check the appropriate quantity. Although weighbridges are an important component of the business
sometimes there location can pose a hazard. The same was the case with RMX Naroda Plant
(Ahmedabad) where the weighbridge was located right in front of driver rest room and the pedestrian
walking area was also in close proximity. Due to this situation there was always a chance of the vehicle
touching the shed of the driver rest shelter which might lead to a near miss / injury.
To avoid such incident, the plant team under the guidance of Plant Manager came up with a solution wherein permanent wheel chokes has been installed on weighbridge platform. Wheel chocks (or chocks) are wedges of sturdy material placed closely against a vehicle’s wheels to prevent accidental movement. Chocks are placed for safety in addition to setting the brakes. So, now when any vehicle goes on the weighbridge it will not move ahead nor has any chances of toppling as these wheel chokes will prevent them from moving ahead. After this solution the plant team feels safe that there is no chance for any incident / near miss.
VFL training conducted for RMX South
Visible Felt Leadership (VFL) program was conducted for RMX South employees. The essence of this training program was to understand the importance of VFL and to conduct it effectively in RMX plants and customer sites. The training was imparted to Cluster Managers, Plant Managers and Business Area Level staffs and around 24 employees participated in the program. Shuvendu Basu, AVP HSE (RMX and Aggregates) conducted the VFL session and was facilitated by Alvin Kolappan, Business Manager – Chennai. Practical session of conducting VFL was done in two teams.
Good Practice: Establishment of LOTOTO zone at CCP
Lockout/ Tag out / Try out (LOTOTO) is a process of isolating energy to bring “zero” energy state in a machine, equipment or an object. To ensure LOTOTO compliance and to save time of the executors while implementing LOTOTO, Maintenance Team Chittorgarh Cement Plant (CCP) has established a separate LOTOTO zone in all the sections where all the LOTOTO boxes are placed at one location.
Diabetes camp at ACP and SCP
Diabetes camp was organised at Nuvoco Health Centre of Arasmeta Cement Plant (ACP). This camp was organised internally by Dr Anshu Priya Lakra (Medical Officer) and other hospital staff took active participation in the camp. Total 108 members (colony residents and villagers) benefited from this session. Their blood sugar levels were checked in the camp and consultation was given accordingly. Similarly a camp was organised at Sonadih Cement Plant (SCP) for drivers. Blood sugar of 52 drivers was checked and necessary counseling was given to them as per their report.
Eye check up camp
Eye check up camp was organised at KPS School, Arasmeta Cement Plant (ACP). Dr Chandrakala Sharma from Aarbee Hospital, Bilaspur conducted the eye check up for students. Around 300 children benefitted from the camp.
Patroller’s certification ceremony at CCP
Patroller’s certification ceremony for certified professionals was conducted in Chittorgarh Cement Plant (CCP). Altogether 10 certified patroller’s were felicitated in the ceremony. The ceremony was held in the presence of Ravindra Dharkar (Head – HR Operations Cement), Ramesh Warke (SVP – CCP). Patrollers in their testimonies underscored the significance of the training imparted as a part of the module in their skill augmentation and expressed their gratitude to the Management for the support and guidance during the entire training period. The program concluded with certificate and prize distribution to the certified candidates.
Good Practice: Feeding of EPS beads directly into TM drum
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) in a granular form is used as light weight aggregate to produce Light Weight Concrete (LWC). These EPS beads are very light in nature because of which it takes a lot of time to feed EPS beads through batching plant pan mixer as the EPS bags has to be lifted to top of the plant which is both tiresome and has safety hazards. To make this entire process simple, RMX Hegde Nagar plant (Bangalore) has come out with an innovative solution wherein the EPS beads are directly loaded into the Transit Mixer (TM) drum by using maintenance platform.
BCP conducted training on fire safety
Bhiwani Cement Plant (BCP) organised on the job training for fire safety and use of fire safety equipment. This training covered all the officers, contract workmen and drivers. Detailed description were given on how to use fire safety equipment and which equipment is used for different types of fire situations. This training was attended by more than 75 people.
JCP conducted internal audit of OHC and canteen
Jojobera Cement Plant (JCP) health and hygiene team conducted internal audit of Occupational Health Center (OHC) and canteen. OHC was audited under set parameters like overall housekeeping, system of Bio – Waste disposal, instruments calibration, ambulance upkeep, first aid box and its refilling. Canteen audit was carried out, wherein overall housekeeping was found proper with few areas of improvement. Quality of food, utensils, LPG manifold system, drinking water areas and facilities, waste disposals, health checkup and personal grooming of canteen staff was also checked.
Driver rewarded for safety consciousness
At Nuvoco Safety is of paramount importance for our employees as well as stakeholders and ouor goal is ZERO harm – for our people, our associates. This quality was displayed by Priyadeep Singh driver of one of the CCP rented cars. When Ujjwal Batria, CCEO was recently traveling to Udaipur for a market visit and they were about to enter the highway this driver instead of taking a shortcut and getting into the wrong side like the other driver he travelled two kilometers and then took a U-turn to cross over. A special reward was given to Mr Singh for displaying his safety consciousness which is otherwise looked over.
CCP successfully hosted Mines Safety, Cleanliness and Silicosis Week – 2017
Chittorgarh Cement Plant (CCP) successfully hosted Mines Safety, Cleanliness and Silicosis Week – 2017 under the aegis of the Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Udaipur Region. Present at the occasion was Shri P K Sarkar, Director General of Mines Safety who was also the chief guest for the evening. He was accompanied by Ujjwal Batria, Country CEO Nuvoco (nominated owner), Ramesh Warke, Sr. Vice President, Chittorgarh Cement Plant along with other officials. The programme started with lighting of the lamp by Shri Sarkar and Mr Batria followed by prize distribution to different mines under various categories. Awards were also given to five best workmen who were lottery picked from the mass of 40 workmen who represents individual participating mines as a clean and safe worker. During the occasion the chief guest also launched the souvenir dedicated to the mining fraternity.