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Web Exclusive | July 2013

Minister takes steps to ensure safety of mine workers

Union Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola launched an initiative for ensuring safety of workers in the mining industry.

As part of this initiative, the government would issue cards to workers highlighting vital questions related to the issue and empower them to bring to notice of the senior supervisors if such measures are found absent.

The minister launched this initiative under 'Safety is my responsibility' campaign at the 11th conference on safety in mines.

The minister noted that the traditional hazards such as inundation, fire, dust, noise etc. in mines are yet to be fully controlled. Amidst this situation, newer hazards and safety concerns at workplace are created by the rapidly changing scenario of mining industry the world over and specifically in India.

Ola conceded that despite efforts by government agencies, due importance is yet to be given by the mining industry to prevention of adverse effect on health of workers and the traditional approach towards safety has stopped yielding better results.

These hazards post new challenges for occupational safety and health professionals as well as mining technologies and will require comprehensive surveillance at workplaces and newer strategies for prevention of accidents in mines.

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