A nationwide awareness programme on Industrial Safety & Health, 10 lakh (one million) Industrial workers to benefit through this programme for the next three years.

Dignitaries at the inaugural ceremony.
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New Delhi, September 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – On the occasion of Vishwakarma Day celebration, 3M India Limited in collaboration with DGFASLI (Directorate General Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes), Ministry of Labour and Employment, today inaugurated two 'Audhyogik Suraksha Rath' (Mobile Industrial Safety Training Van). These two 'Audhyogik Suraksha Rath' will be responsible for creating Industrial Safety & Health awareness through training programs in the next three years by travelling across various industrial clusters in the country.

Commemorating the celebration of Vishwakarma Day, the Hon'ble Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Shri. Santosh Gangwar in the presence of over a thousand industrial workers and other stake holders inaugurated these 'Audhyogik Suraksha Rath' at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

Flagging off these 'Audhyogik Suraksha Rath', Hon. Minister for Labour and Employment, Shri. Santosh Gangwar, said, "While at work, every day thousands of workers get injured resulting in loss of limbs and lives mainly due to the negligence of following proper Occupational Safety procedures and lack of knowledge on the correct usage of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) for various Industrial hazards. Unfortunately, the awareness on safe work procedures and the correct usage of PPEs is not informed to the workers. These 'Audhyogik Suraksha Rath' will help in reaching the end users and imparting training on the right usage of the PPEs at workplace so as to ensure the safety and well-being of the workers at the workplace."

Underscoring the necessity for the right protection equipment at workplace, Ms. Debarati Sen, Managing Director 3M India Region (India & Sri Lanka), said, "This is a moment of pride for 3M as we join hands with the Government of India for a singular cause that is of utmost importance as we navigate the growth accelerator phase of 'Make in India'. Our interest on this subject stems from our three decades of experience working with industrial workers in India, in the area of Personal Protective Equipment, where we realized a compelling need to create awareness on occupational hazards and safety."

She added, "Audhyogik Suraksha Rath" is a mobile unit designed for the education of workers, to ensure safe and healthy workplace environment."

On board this amazing mobile unit, 3M's network of expert teams will conduct safety training, demonstrations, education of workers and safety officers, and will also talk about occupational safety and prevention of injuries and disease. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) include hearing protection earplugs, eye and face protection gear, respirators and full-body fall protection harnesses (and much more), keeping in mind the type of industry, the worker or employer needs to choose the right one based on the operating area and nature of contaminants.


Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Santosh Gangwar along with Secretary Labour & Employment, Mrs M Sathyavathi, Directorate General FASLI, Dr Avneesh Singh, Managing Director 3M India Limited, Ms Debarati Sen at the inaugural ceremony.