Health & Safety

Occupational health & safety is a top priority at Asian Paints. We remain focused on our long-term objective of ‘zero accidents’ in the Company and along the value chain.

23,000+

Training man-hours invested in developing effective health & safety capabilities in our workforce during FY 2017-18

14,000+

Safe Unsafe Act (SUSA) conversations across cadres in FY 2017-18 for promoting safety culture

More than

`150 million

Spent in ensuring engineering control through health and safety capex during FY 2017-18

BUILDING SAFER AND HEALTHIER WORKPLACES


Our people are at the core of our business. Their health and safety are of paramount importance to the Company. As a responsible organisation, we are committed to conducting operations that ensure thehealth & safety of our teams, protect the environment and maintain the integrity of our assets.

Our objective is to expand the safety net at Asian Paints to achieve zero accidents, zero occupational illness and zero incidents of property damage.

Safety Review Architecture


All our manufacturing facilities implement industry safety standards and stringently follow them. Occupational health and safety is centrally governed by a Safety Council in the organisation. It is supplemented by Plant Level Apex and Department Safety Committees. Health and safety aspects are covered in all our formal agreements with trade unions and contractors and form part of the Settlement Book.

At Corporate Level

Safety Council provides oversight to ensure continuous performance backed up by the Corporate Quality and Safety (CQS) team

At Plant Level

Apex and Department Safety Committees ensure on-ground support

Timely Reporting

Monthly to Executive Council & Vice President, Supply Chain

Our Safety Performance


Total reportable incident severity rate Total reportable incident frequency rate Man lost days Reportable incidents Number of work-related fatalities Total man-hours worked
2015 401.47 0.52 6,888*# 9 1 17,156,896
2016 32.42 0.39 588? 7 0 18,137,661
2017 33.28 0.35 566a 6 0 17,007,102

The above table inlcudes data for our Ankleshwar, Patancheru, Kasna, Sriperumbudur, Rohtak, Khandala, Penta, Phthalic, Sarigam, Taloja and Turbhe units in India.

*includes 6,000 man-days lost for fatality case in 2015
# includes 365 man-days lost on account of one injury that occurred in 2014
O includes 366 man-days lost on account of one injury that occurred in 2014
a includes 365 man-days lost on account of one injury that occurred in 2014

Engagement and Communication


We are committed towards promoting beyond our operations and workplaces. Thus, we encourage people – our team members, customers and communities — to consistently adopt and implement safer habits

1,000+

Employees pursued to pledge to follow the safety rules

National Safety Week

  • Observed March 2018 as National Safety Month across all locations with focus on 'reinforcing positive behaviour at the workplace to achieve safety and health goals'
  • Conducted safety awareness trainings on transport emergency response plan, defensive driving, road safety for third-party drivers and behaviour-based safety

Road Safety Week

Variety of programmes related to road safety were organised to enhance awareness among stakeholders through numerous activities such as road safety contests, skits capturing safe or unsafe road safety practices and workshops on defensive driving for drivers, among others.

Occupational health and wellness


Health Evaluation of Employees

  • Personalised health check-up according to age and gender
  • Complete health planning instructions in addition to telephonic feedback
  • Reports digitalised and updated in the health app and emailed to employees
  • Digital health log managed with consultation details, risk levels and follow-up status

Engagement with Healthspring

  • Wellness programme in place
  • Manned by a Factory Medical Officer (FMO) and qualified paramedical staff according to statute
  • 100% compliance to medicines and ambulance requirements
  • Reduction in external referral cases

Our administrative team organised medical check-up of all employees working at the head office, eliciting

90%

participation from

1,086

eligible employees

Promoting Safety Culture


Awareness about operational risks help our people recognise hazardous situations and reduce accidents. Regular trainings across sites enhance risk awareness of our people and help them perform safely.

Suraksha Sarvopari, Transhipment Locations

  • A comprehensive health & safety management system to pre-emptively identify and mitigate potential safety risks associated with warehouse operations under the guidance of the central distribution and corporate safety team
  • Regular safety audits, awareness campaigns and introduction of new tools such as Find It and Fix It (FIFI) and SUSA in line with behaviour-based safety system

Training at R&T Centre, Turbhe

Conducted training of emergency response team members followed by a mock drill

191

Employees participated in the mock drill

35

Emergency response team members were trained on their roles and responsibilities

Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) programme, Taloja

  • Safety culture assessment followed by feedback
  • Formulated a programme structure followed by meeting of members
  • Conduced culture-based safety workshop for the leadership team and employees
  • Developed steering team
  • Introduced and implemented BBS tools

BEHAVIOUR BASED SAFETY

Safety Stalwart Competition, Sales Depots

Conducted among sales depots with the following scoring parameters every month:

Electrical safety checks at depots

Mock drills

Audit report of material handling equipment checking

Execution of other safety-related activities

Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) Finalisation and Horizontal Deployment , DBU units

  • CAPA finalisation timelines fixed at 30 days for major incidents and 10 days for all other incidents with 90% compliance to agreed timelines
  • Horizontal deployment of required actions and CAPA closure as per agreed timelines

Awards


Khandala plant's occupational and safety management system was certified as 5-star rated and was awarded with the prestigious 'Sword of Honour 2017' award by the British Safety Council.

Ankleshwar plant was awarded second runner-up in the National Safety Practices Competition organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Setting standards across locations


Engineering Standard for Dust Explosion Hazard

Improved safety at all plants by identifying powder raw materials having dust explosion hazard

Emergency Preparedness

  • An initiative to strengthen emergency response preparedness
  • Organised training by external expert to emergency response team followed by mock drill

Impact

Usage Data in new engineering design for ensuring control measures at design stage

Improvement Operational control procedures

Modification The required infrastructure in current plants

Changes The packaging material used (applicable type based on the class)

With the support of General Works Manager (GWM) and Senior Level Management at Plant, a team of 22 employees was identified and training was provided in the following areas:

First-aid firefighting

Smoke chamber rescue operation

Confined space rescue operations

Work at height rescue

Live firefighting training

Transportation Safety


Nicer Globe

It is an industry initiative for transport and distribution safety, emergency response, transport security, logistic operation efficiency and fleet management

Time tracking and route information

  • Vehicles carrying hazardous goods are tracked real time through installed GPS devices
  • Key aspects such as route deviations, over-speeding and night driving are tracked
  • Route information can be provided real time through a call centre to the driver when needed.

Two-days workshop on 'Emergency response for handling emergency during transportation of hazardous chemicals' conducted by M/s LCS Servcies India Ltd. at six manufacturing locations