The State Government will soon set up an industrial safety training centre at Sivakasi, K. Ayyanu, Chief Inspector of Factories, Tamil Nadu, said here on Saturday.
He told presspersons after a seminar on “Safety and Health for Stakeholders in Factories,” organised by Inspectorate of Factories and National Safety Council that accidents had gone up in firework and matchwork factories during the last one year. In an effort to improve safety of workers, a training centre would be started next month and training programmes would be organised regularly in association with the local industries at Sivakasi. The Inspectorate of Factories was also collecting data on the number of workers from the northern States. This would help plan industrial safety training programmes for these workers. Inaugurating the seminar, he said that training the employees would establish a safety culture in the industries.
Jayakumar Ramdass, former President of Southern India Engineering Manufacturers' Association, said that in developed countries, advanced technology provided in-built safety systems.
The economy of a country, demography of the working population and occupational safety policies of the Government were some of the factors that ensured safety in factories. Training on occupational safety should not be just a legal obligation for industries. It helped improve productivity of workers and profit for the companies. Safety should be introduced as a subject in schools.
V. Navaneethakrishnan, Joint Chief Inspector of Factories, Coimbatore, spoke.