Chemical Disaster Prevention Day observed at Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda

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Jharsuguda: On 3rd December, 2018, Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, observed Chemical Disaster Prevention Day by demonstrating a mock drill at its Captive Power Plant Alkali Storage Facility. Shri Swaroop Jena – Deputy Director of Factories and Boilers, Shri Anil Nanda – Asst. Director of Factories and Boilers, Shri Sunasira Kisan – Deputy Collector & District Emergency Officer and Smt Sangeeta Dash – District Project Officer (ODRAF), and representatives of Vedanta’s Mutual Aid Partners Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC), TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd. (TRL), Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd. and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) graced the event as dignitaries of the occasion and observers of the mock drill. Vedanta Ltd. Jharsuguda was represented by senior management executives Mr GG Pal, Head – Smelter II, Mr Cho Yiu Chan, Head – HSE (Health, Safety & Environment) and Mr Ajay Pandey, GM – CPP.

The mock drill was a simulation of a disaster scenario and exhibited the synchronised efforts of the Combat team (Operations team & Maintenance team) led by Mr. Sujit Basa, Rescue team (Fire Services) led by Mr. Gagandeep Ojha and the Auxiliary team (Security team, Admin, HR, First Aid, Communications team and Logistics team) led by Mr. Ambrish Kumar. Post deployment of the action force, Mr. Ajay Kumar Pandey and Mr. GG Pal demonstrated leadership interventions. The event included interactive sessions where participants deliberated on the best possible counter measures in such scenarios and ways to strengthen preparations in the future. The session culminated with a solemn & silent observance, in remembrance of all the lives that were lost in the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

On the occasion Shri Swaroop Jena said, “I congratulate the Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda team to dispatch such efficient and fast action in emergency cases. For mobilisation of resources I urge all the Mutual Aid Partners to collaborate if any company is to face such a difficult crisis in the future.”

Sri Anil Nanda appreciated the efforts of Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda for their display of coordinated and smooth action plan in emergency situations. He added, “Industries to display faster actions of Combat, Rescue and a possible evacuation, then district authorities can be intimated by dialing 1077.”

In his deliberation Mr. Cho Yiu Chan said, “The comments and learnings imparted in this session will be carried forward by our organization and I urge all our neighbouring industries to advocate some of the pivotal learnings of the session in their respective units.”

At Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda safety is deeply imbibed into the work culture. Preparedness in prevention and emergency measures is ensured at all times. Demonstrations like these exhibit our preparedness in prevention and combat of potential emergency/disaster scenarios in the future and willingness to support Mutual Aid Partners in times of need.

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