National Safety Day is an annual event in India and at the Johnson Matthey site at Panki, Kanpur, the various events that take place are designed to increase employee awareness about the importance of health and safety

National Safety Day Activities at Panki

National Safety Day is an annual event in India and the Johnson Matthey site at Panki, Kanpur, celebrated the occasion with its usual mix of serious and light hearted activities.

In fact, the Safety 'Day' stretches into a whole week and the Panki site opted to meet on 5th and 12th March 2012. The serious side of the occasion was a seminar on personal level risk assessment and any hazards and safety challenges at the site. The seminar held an 'open mike': would-be speakers applied via departmental heads and were given five minutes to speak.

A slogan and poster competition contributed to the light hearted side of the event and entries were accepted in both Hindi and English. An impressive 68 entries were received and the winning entries were put on display. A quiz was held, with seven teams displaying their knowledge of environment, health and safety (EHS) matters. In a closely fought contest, the team from Engineering came first after five rounds. A further quiz was held for agency personnel.

There was also recognition of achievements, with a number of staff who had done first aid training in the year receiving St John's Ambulance certificates. Eight EHS champions were recognised and 14 others received appreciation awards.

The National Safety activities create an enjoyable shared experience for employees, encouraging them to engage with the health and safety aims of the Sustainability 2017 Vision.