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Odisha Records Substantial Reduction In Fatal Chemical Accidents

11 December 2019


Bhubaneswar: Odisha has recorded a substantial decrease in fatal chemical accidents in hazardous industries during the last ten years. This was revealed during the State Crisis Management Group Meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy here at Lok Seva Bhawan today. Principal Secretary Labour, Employment and ESI Anu Garg outlined the issues for discussion at the meeting.

Reviewing the progress, Tripathy directed the department to sharpen the preventive enforcement and response mechanism through close monitoring and team operation.

Labour Commissioner-cum-Director Boiler and Factories, Niranjan Sahu said, "There are 4490 factories and 2497 boilers in the State. Out of them, 35 factories are major hazardous accident-prone factories. These are spread over 13 districts of Odisha. Apart from that around 545 factories also have hazardous practices in their process of production. The chemical accidents generally occur because of fire, explosion and toxic release."

Fatal accident data showed that in the year 2010 there were 121 fatal accidents which got reduced to 78 in 2012 and then after consistently followed a declining trend over the years. In the current year, the number of fatal accidents in the State has come down to 31 till the date. 

Tripathy directed all the major accident hazardous (MAH) factories to update their Standard Operating Procedure(SOP) as per changing condition of the machinery and production process Director Boiler and Factories was directed to enforce Standard Maintenance Procedure in all the MAH industries through at least 2 visits in year.

Tripathy further directed to convene frequent meetings of the District Crisis Groups (DCGs) and look into the preventive as well as awareness measures through active involvement of the Local Crisis Groups (LCGs). Presently 29 DCGs and 15 LCGs are operating in the State. It was decided in the meeting that Emergency Response Center would be set up in Directorate of Fire Services for immediate team response at the time of crisis.

Further, Tripathy directed RSP and IOCL to have specially designed HAZCHEM vehicles in their respective areas. IOCL was also requested to put another Emergency Response Vehicle in Khordha in addition to one in Balasore and one in Paradeep.