Bhubaneswar: With an aim to help enhance industrial safety standards and prevent loss of lives during industrial fire accidents, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) PvtLtd’sKhurda planthosted a training program for manufacturing industries on effective firefighting, rescue and evacuation. The training program wasorganized by the Office of the Deputy Director of Department of Factories and Boilers in collaboration with the Department of Home Guard and Fire Service, Government of Odisha.
The program witnessed wide participation from a large number of industries operating in Odisha such as Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Britannia Industries Ltd among others. About 200 executives, includingUnit Heads from various industries participated in the half day training program.
In the district crisis group meeting held in the KhurdaCollectorate, program convener Sri Swaroop Jena, Asst. Director Factories and Boilers, Government of Odisha said, “We greatly appreciate the initiative taken by HCCB to organize the training program in collaboration with the concerned departments of Government of Odisha. Industrial fire safety is an area of critical importance as Odisha continues its march to become a preferred manufacturing hub in Eastern India.”
The program covered effective firefighting techniques, rescue and evacuation process during an emergency. It also taught the participants essential lifesaving skills and methods to effectively utilize any available resource at hand for rescue and evacuation, during an emergency situation.
Mr. Jose Alex, Factory Manager, Khurda, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, said, “Safety is one of the top priorities at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages. As one of India’ top 5 FMCG company, we consider it our duty to share experiences with others, while also learning from them. That way we ensure that the entire manufacturing ecosystem benefits. Given the country’s focus on the Make in India theme, industrial safety is a key area of intervention. We are thankful to the Govtof Odisha for taking the lead in organizing the training program and encouraging us to host such sessions. Effective firefighting, rescue and evacuation is critical for all industrial units in order to protect the loss of life during the course of normal business operations.”
HCCBhas been operating its KhurdaPlant since the early 2000s. The plant has 7 manufacturing lines and produces a range of Minute Maid and Maaza juices, Kinley packaged water and sparkling products – Thums Up, Sprite, Limca, Cooca-Cola, Fnata etc. The plant is one of the largest FMCG manufacturing units in Odisha and there are plans for further expansion in future. The state of the art bottling plant in Khurdahas won several state and national level recognitions like Pollution Control Appreciation Award from Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Food Safety Award from the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha and CII, Energy