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At a Glance

WELCOME TO INOS+H

InOS+H will be opening its doors at VigyanBhavan in New Delhi from March 15th-17th, 2017.

India, a world’s fastest growing economy and largest democracy, has a population exceeding 1.2 billion. The occupational safety and health (OSH) scenario in India is complex. Prime Minister Mr. Modi dream of making India a manufacturing hub can only gain credence when Health and Safety is enforced at all workplaces. Health and safety are two important aspects that affect overall efficiency of working population. A robust system for health and safety in the workplace ensures greater productivity and is critical in gaining a competitive edge over China. India has a National Policy on Safety, Health and Environment at Work Places, which provides general guidelines for stakeholders to ensure safety at work. However, India needs a holistic OSH legislation, in line with the national policy, which is applicable to all the sectors.

Concurrently to INOS+H 2017, International Vision Zero Conference is being organized by Directorate General, Factory Advice Service &Labour Institutes, Ministry of Labour& Environment, Govt. of India and DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance) from March 15th-17th, 2017. The DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance) is the umbrella association of the accident insurance institutions for the industrial and public sectors (the BGs and the public-sector accident insurers respectively).

Vision Zero

The concept of Vision Zero – a world without serious or fatal workplace accidents and occupational diseases – has gone hand in hand with the work done by the DGUV for many years. Vision Zero is the fundamental strategy for developing a comprehensive and holistic culture of prevention that takes into consideration the safety, health and well-being of employees.

As early as 2008, the German Social Accident Insurance’s prevention strategy firmly embedded the goal of shaping working and living environments in such a way that nobody is killed or so severely injured or ill for work reasons that they suffer permanent damage. However, in order for Vision Zero to become a reality one day, prevention work must always be realigned to this goal. This broad and networked approach requires everyone in society to get involved.

The basic maxims are:

Life is not negotiable!

People make mistakes!

Tolerance limits are the physical load limits of humans!

People have a basic right to a safe working environment!

If life is not negotiable and people make mistakes, then it is ethically unacceptable to pay for a mistake with a loss of life or a serious injury!

Vision Zero is a strategic, comprehensive and qualitative approach

Where objectives are formulated and agreed upon,

Which is geared towards risks and hazards, and

Which takes into consideration all the circumstances behind accidents at work and on the road, occupational diseases and work-related health hazards.

The goal of zero accidents might seem difficult, but it is the only ethically correct goal that we must work on in the future. Vision Zero provides a strategy to achieve this. Under Vision Zero, safety and health at work are values that companies, organizations and society appreciate and strive for.