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National Safety Day 2021, March 4: Significance, History and Objective of National Safety Day theme

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National Safety Day 2021, March 4: Significance, History and Objective of National Safety Day Theme 

National Safety Day is celebrated on March 4 each year, which is also the founding day of the National Safety Council (NSC) of India to raise awareness of the importance of industrial safety. The main objective is to raise awareness of safety in order to prevent incidents, thus achieving the goal of zero damage. National Safety Day is celebrated on March 4 by unfurling the NSC flag and appreciating the winner of several safety awareness contests held during the National Safety Week awareness campaign. There is no set rule for deciding the National Safety Week for the awareness campaign, some organizations start the safety campaign in February and end on March 4 with a recognition ceremony. Where, as most organizations hold Safety Week from March 4 to March 10

 

Objective of the National Safety Day

The main objective of celebrating Nations Safety Day is to conduct the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) awareness campaign nationally for all groups of people and for all organization, business, employees from senior managers to workers and managers, communities and therefore the ultimate goal is to raise awareness of the importance of Safety in industries to avoid unwanted incidents.

Another important objective is to promote the participation in health and safety and the concept of safety consultation in all industries, including petrochemicals, fertilizers, energy and electricity, cement and d other industries of all kinds.

Here is the list of other objectives of the celebration of National Safety Day

1. Motivate best industrial safety practices, accident prevention programs and encourage people to integrate them into the work culture to develop a positive safety culture.

2. Develop a positive safety culture in the workplace by promoting HSE discipline and legal compliance by implementing the best safety management system.

3. Sensitize schoolchildren and community members to embrace the culture of safety in their lifestyle.

4. Remind employers and employees (from senior management to workers) of their responsibilities and commitments to safety.

5. Promote a sustainable safety culture in all types of organizations, not only in hazardous industries, but also in industries that are not covered by any safety legislation.

 

Significance of National Safety Day

The celebration of National Safety Day on March 4 or National Safety Week from March 4 to 10 reminds employers and employees of their responsibilities and commitments to the safety of people, the community, environment and national property. It emphasizes the Safety of the individual, social and national economy through loss prevention.

Each year, the National Safety Council of India decides on the Safety themes (2021 theme: “Learning from disasters and preparing for a safer future”) and advises the organization to organize the awareness campaign safety to raise awareness of the importance of safety measures, especially in industrial safety. During this campaign, various awareness programs and safety competitions are organized such as safety poster competitions, slogan competitions, safety skates, etc. ensure employee participation and senior management consultation with employees and workers. Participants in the safety campaign are also motivated and therefore help to develop a positive safety culture in organizations and the community.

 

History of National Safety Day

With the rapid industrialization, the accident rate increased significantly and the Indian Ministry of Labor therefore recommended the establishment of the National Safety Council at the 22nd conference in 1962 to promote the campaign on accident prevention measures  in all hazardous industries. This recommendation was accepted at the 24th Permanent Labor Conference on February 14, 1966 in Delhi under the chairmanship of Mr. Jagjeevan Ram.

The National Safety Council was formally formed in 1966 and first National Safety Day was celebrated on March 4, 1972. This day is also declared as founding day of the National Safety Council (NSC).

It was also decided that the safety campaign will be organized for a week across the country to raise awareness of the importance of occupational safety and health.

Every year, the National Safety Council announces the Safety theme for the organization of a special Safety awareness campaign among the people of industries, schoolchildren and the community. The main objective of the safety campaign is to make people aware of the dangers (hazards) and to monitor safety to prevent accidents.


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