DESIGN, MANUFACTURING, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF HVAC & POLLUTION CONTROL SYSTEMS.

Safety & Welfare

In pursuit of our obligation to maintain healthy and safe working environment for our employees and others using our premises and at work sites, a specific health, safety and welfare policy has been framed which concentrates on assuring basic health amenities and safety parameters at workplace and covers following aspects at length:

Health

Workstations and seating :

Workstations should be suitable for the people using them and for the work they do. People should be able to leave workstations swiftly in an emergency. If work can or must be done sitting, seats which are suitable for the people using them and for the work they do should be provided. Seating should give an adequate support for the lower back, and footrests should be provided for workers who cannot place their feet flat on the floor.

 

Working spaces :

Working are as should have enough free space to allow people to move about with ease. The volume of the room when empty, divided by the number of people normally working in it, should be at least 11 cubic metres. All or part of a room over 3.0 m high should be counted as 3.0 m high. 11 cubic metres per person is a minimum and may be insufficient depending on the layout, contents and the nature of the work.

 

Ventilation of work spaces :

Workplaces need to be adequately ventilated. Fresh, clean air should be drawn from a source outside the workplace, uncontaminated by discharges from flues, chimneys or other process outlets, and be circulated through the workrooms. Ventilation should also remove and dilute warm, humid air and provide air movement which gives a sense of freshness without causing a draught. If the workplace contains process or heating equipment or other sources of dust, fumes or vapours, more fresh air will be needed to provide adequate ventilation. Windows or other openings may provide sufficient ventilation but, where necessary, mechanical ventilation systems should be provided and regularly maintained.

 

Temperature control of work spaces:

Environmental factors (such as humidity and sources of heat in the workplace) combine with personal factors (such as the clothing a worker is wearing and how physically demanding their work is) to influence what is called someone’s ‘thermal comfort’. Individual personal preference makes it difficult to specify a thermal environment which satisfies everyone. However we still try to accommodate a consensus vision on acceptable temperature within work spaces.

 

The risk to the health of workers increases as conditions move further away from those generally accepted as comfortable. Risk of heat stress arises, for example, from working in high air temperatures, exposure to high thermal radiation or high levels of humidity, such as those found in foundries, glass works and laundries. Cold stress may arise, for example, from working in cold stores, food preparation areas and in the open air during winter. We thoroughly assess and analyze  the risk to workers’ health from working in either a hot or cold environment considering both personal and environmental factors. (Personal factors include body activity, the amount and type of clothing, and duration of exposure.

 

Environmental factors include ambient temperature and radiant heat; and if the work is outside, sunlight, wind velocity and the presence of rain or snow). Subsequently necessary measures comprising of, engineering climate control measures, applying restrictions, medical screening, acclimatization, training or supervision, as deemed fit in the circumstances are implemented.

 

Lighting:

Lighting should be sufficient to enable people to work and move about safely. If necessary, local lighting should be provided at individual work space and at places of risk. Care needs to be exercised that lighting and light fittings should not create any hazard. Automatic emergency lighting, powered by an independent source, should be provided where sudden loss of light would create a risk.

 

Every work space and the furniture, furnishings and fittings should be kept clean and it should be possible to keep the surfaces of floors, walls and ceilings clean. Cleaning and the removal of waste should be carried out as necessary by an effective method on a regular basis. Waste should be stored in suitable receptacles.

Safety

Maintenance:

The workplace, and certain equipment, devices and systems should be maintained in efficient working order (efficient for health, safety and welfare). Such maintenance is required for mechanical ventilation systems, equipment and devices which would cause a risk to health, safety or welfare if a fault occurred; and equipment and devices intended to prevent or reduce hazard.

 

The condition of the buildings or work sites needs to be monitored to ensure that they have appropriate stability and solidity for their use. This includes risks from the normal running of the work process (eg vibration, floor loadings) and foreseeable risks (eg fire in a fire hazard zone).

 

Floors and traffic routes for godown and work sites

‘Traffic route’ means a route for pedestrian traffic, vehicles, or both, and is deemed to include any stairs, fixed ladder, doorway, gateway, loading bay or ramp. We ensure sufficient traffic routes at all our premises and all work sites, of sufficient width and headroom, to allow people and vehicles to circulate safely with ease. For safe movement of people and traffic, we ensure separate routes for vehicles and pedestrians. If, people and vehicles need to share a traffic route, we ensure use of kerbs, barriers or clear markings to designate a safe walkway and clearly marked crossing points with good visibility, bridges or subways are provided where pedestrians need to cross a vehicle route.

 

It is often difficult for drivers to see behind their vehicle when they are reversing; as far as possible, we plan traffic routes so that drivers do not need to reverse. This is achieved by using one-way systems and drive-through loading/unloading areas.

 

Appropriate speed limit for vehicles is set and adherence to these limits, as well as, any other introduced traffic rules, are enforced. Provide route markings and signs so that drivers and pedestrians know where to go and what rules apply to their route, so they are warned of any potential hazards.

 

Falling into empty spaces/dangerous substances

The consequences of falling into a pit whether empty or filled with a dangerous substance are so serious that a high standard of protection is required. All such pits or other structures should be securely fenced or covered. Traffic routes associated with them should also be securely fenced.

 

Work at height

Special attention is given for site works to be carried out at height. The first step in such cases is deputation of a safety supervisor to monitor the compliance of safety rules. Each person deployed at height exceeding 1.8m is required to undergo a safety training program and has to be equipped with a safety helmet, long distance visible jacket & double hooked safety belt. When at height, it is ensured that at least one hook of the belt is anchored at all times.

 

Hot Work

Hot work also, envisages deputation of a qualified safety officer for monitoring the work. Fire fighting apparatus and availability of water near the work space is mandatory in such cases. Fire blankets are used extensively to protect nearby objects from heat and fire. A strict fire vigil is maintained throughout.

Welfare

Sanitary conveniences and washing facilities

Suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences and washing facilities should be provided at readily accessible places. They and the rooms containing them should be kept clean and be adequately ventilated and lit. Washing facilities should have running hot and cold or warm water, soap and clean towels or other means of cleaning or drying. If required by the type of work, showers should also be provided. Men and women should have separate facilities unless each facility is in a separate room with a lockable door and is for use by only one person at a time.

 

Drinking water

An adequate supply of drinking quality water, with water dispensers and suitable cups, should be provided. Water should only be provided in refillable enclosed containers where it cannot be obtained directly from a mains supply. The containers should be refilled at least daily (unless they are chilled water dispensers where the containers are returned to the supplier for refilling). Bottled water/water dispensing systems may still be provided as a secondary source of drinking water. Drinking water does not have to be marked unless there is a significant risk of people drinking non-drinking water.

 

Accommodation for clothing and facilities for changing

Adequate, suitable and secure space should be provided to store workers’ own clothing and special clothing. As far as is reasonably practicable the facilities should allow for drying clothing. Changing facilities should also be provided for workers who change into special work clothing. The facilities should be readily accessible from workrooms and washing and eating facilities, and should ensure the privacy of the user, be of sufficient capacity, and be provided with seating.

 

Facilities for rest and to eat meals

  • Suitable and sufficient, readily accessible rest facilities should be provided.
  • Seats should be provided for workers to use during breaks. These should be in a place where personal protective equipment need not be worn. Rest areas or rooms should be large enough and have sufficient seats with backrests and tables for the number of workers likely to use them at any one time, including suitable access and seating which is adequate for the number of disabled people at work.
  • Where workers regularly eat meals at work, suitable and sufficient facilities should be provided for the purpose. Such facilities should also be provided where food would otherwise be likely to be contaminated.
  • Work areas can be counted as rest areas and as eating facilities, provided they are adequately clean and there is a suitable surface on which to place food.
  • Where provided, eating facilities should include a facility for preparing or obtaining a hot drink. Where hot food cannot be obtained in or reasonably near to the workplace, workers may need to be provided with a means for heating their own food (eg oven, etc).
  • Canteens or restaurants may be used as rest facilities provided there is no obligation to purchase food.
  • Suitable rest facilities should be provided for pregnant women and nursing mothers. They should be near to sanitary facilities and, where necessary, include the facility to lie down.
  • It is against the law to smoke in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in India. However clearly demarked smoking spaces needs to be provided for convenience of smokers.

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