Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak encouraged stakeholders to be better prepared and aware of industrial risks, safety practices and equipment.
He said that the risks of hazards and accidents tend to increase along with the size of the industrial unit and therefore it becomes very important to incorporate awareness and protection protocols in any given unit.
Pathak was speaking at an interactive conference and exhibition on “Uttar Pradesh Industrial Safety, Fire Safety and Disaster Response” organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), UP chapter, in conjunction with Safety Controls and Devices Pvt Ltd in Lucknow on Tuesday.
He said hazard awareness is gaining importance in rural areas where the use of LPG is still new and growing. The CM MP also said the state will soon come up with 17 new airports to improve connectivity.
He said the government has been able to create a safer and healthier vibe and the same has been reflected when women and elderly people have been seen taking to the streets confidently and fearlessly.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home), UP, Awanish Kumar Awasthi, said the government was being proactive in preventing industrial hazards, especially fires. He said industrial accidents and hazards can be avoided if only special attention is paid to the safety control part and awareness trainings are given to the workers.
Awasthi also said that the fire department has successfully set up fire stations in all tehsils in the state and is now aiming to set up fire stations in all 819 blocks in the state to reduce the fires.
He appreciated the good work done by the PHDCCI and said he was delighted to be invited to such meaningful symposia frequently organized by the Chamber.
Avinash Chandra, DG, Fire Services, UP, spoke on the importance of industrial safety and disaster response. He said that for any given industrial unit, it becomes very important to include safety practices in its area of operation and preparedness against anticipated accidents.
He also said that 65% of fire hazards occur due to short circuits simply because the wiring once getting old would become dangerous. He said that is why it has become very important to do periodic audits to check the wiring for any faults.
Rajnish Chopra, Managing Director of Safety Controls and Devices Pvt Ltd., who was the chairman of the conference, delivered the keynote address and appreciated the subject matter experts who gathered from different parts of the country.