Staff Reporter

‘It will help them handle industrial accidents involving radioactive material'

Kakinada: Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi has, in a review meeting on industrial safety, decided to depute a team of district officials for training to be imparted by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) at Pune next month. It will be a week-long course that helps the officials in handling industrial accidents involving radioactive material.

Four industries in the district are found to be storing radioactive substances which might cause high levels of radiation in case of an accident like the one that occurred at Schlumberger's workshop here on February 18.

The AERB has already written a letter to the district administration expressing its readiness to lend its expertise in dealing with such contingencies.

Detailed assessment

Besides, the meeting has resolved to constitute a committee headed by the Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories and comprising five government officials and an equal number of industry representatives to make a detailed assessment of disaster preparedness of 46 hazardous industries in a month.

A separate committee consisting of the Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories, District Fire Officer, State pollution control board executive engineer and local RDO, MRO, DSP, SI and medical officer will be visiting all the 46 industries and hold interactions with the managements to acquire full information of their operations, including the site layouts and contingency plans.

Mr. Dwivedi has also announced that the District Emergency Response Centre (DERC) is being activated in view of the constant threat of industrial accidents.

The Collector has ordered the industries to ensure that their top executives personally respond during any crisis or put some responsible officer to act on their behalf. The industries have also been asked to examine the feasibility of providing insurance cover to people residing in close proximity to their units.

SP Y. Nagi Reddy also spoke.