Web-Seminar: “Rebooting Manufacturing activities SAFELY Post Covid" on Tuesday, on 26th May 2020”

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In the backdrop of “Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent”, and to provide some insights to the VDMA members, in particular and the Indian manufacturing industries in general on the “ SAFE start of the manufcaturing actvities, a webinar was organised on Rebooting Manufacturing activities SAFELY Post Covid" on Tuesday, on 26th May 2020”

In the backdrop of “Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent”, and to provide some insights to the VDMA members, in particular and the Indian manufacturing industries in general on the “ SAFE start of the manufcaturing actvities,  a webinar was organised on Rebooting Manufacturing activities SAFELY Post Covid" on Tuesday, on 26th May 2020”

 

 

We were privileged to have esteem speakers joining us for this interactive and informative session:

Mr. Lalit Gabhane, Director General, National Safety Council, Mumbai

Mr. Surojit Bose, AVP Sustainability and Climate Change ICP, Hindustan Coca Cola - Pvt Limited, Bangalore

Dr. Ramani Krishnamoorthy, Head of Medical Services (Corporate Physician), Daimler - India Commercial Vehicles, Chennai

Mr. Karthikeyan Mahalingam, Head, Quality & EHS, Festo India Private Limited,Bengaluru

Mr. Nitin Patil, Director – Operation, KSB Limited, Pune

Mr. Kanakaraju Thangavel, CTO, Klueber Lubrication India Private, Mysuru

Mr. Jiten Mehta, General Manager, Plant Engineering, Milacron India Private Limited, Ahmedabad

The session was moderated by Mr. Sandip Roy, Regional Head - East, VDMA India. In his opening remarks he highlighted the main points of discussion like SOP for resumption of work, Machine Safety, Process Safety, Onsite disaster management plan, EHS guideline, Safety audit, and handling, storage of hazardous substance.
 
Mr. Lalit Babhane, Director General, National Safety Council (NSC), the first speaker of the webinar set the tone of the discussion and suggested to follow SOP guideline from government to commence operations in factory, safely and mentioned that the council have been conducting webinar frequently on adopting best practices at factory. He also mentioned on the challenge on how an organization can deliver virus free product at the customer end and recommended organizations to prepare startegy on risk indentification, and mitigation by implementing social distancing.
 
The next speaker Mr. Surojit Bose, AVP Sustainability and Climate Change ICP, Hindustan Coca Cola Pvt Limited, Bangalore spoke at lengthe on the occupational hazardous in bevereage industry, SOP on safety management, “contact less” manufacturing and safety audit.
  
Dr. Ramani Krishnamoorthy, Head of Medical Services (Corporate Physician), Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, Chennai spoke on the philosophy of Daimler India and the SOP on safe reopening of the factory revolving three pillars - people, plant and production. In addtion, the company also organised telemedicine/ counselling, webinar for the workers and staff and also formed a speacial task force to implement the SOP in factory along with daliy audting.
   
An online poll was conducted immediately after the address of the Dr. Ramani. The qustion was  “Is the process manufacturing or discrete manufacturing activity, which of the two is more risky in terms of safety?” 41% audience found process manufacturing is risky, and 25% of audience felt discrete manufacturing is more risky and 34% of audience felt both the process manufacturing and discrete manufacturing are riskier in terms of safety.

 

 

Mr. Karthikeyan Mahalingam, Head, Quality & EHS, Festo India Private Limited, Bengaluru made a brief presentation on “people-process-project-commucation”, the foundation of safety culture being follwed by the company for a safe production. In light of Covid safety, Festo India made robust arrangement to curb the virus using ultra violet technic to disinfect inward flow of material, circulated handbook on safety guidelines to the employees and well as its vendor.
 
The next speaker, Mr. Nitin Patil, Director– Operation, KSB Limited, Pune, emphasized to follow the NDMA guidenlines for the safe reopening of the manufacturing units. Further he talked on how the companies can ensure optimum production to make up the losses without compromising the safety and security of the human resource some of the notable initiatives, taken by KSB are preparing a SOP on sanitization, mainitaining utilities, electrcal installations, EOT cranes. Installing automatic devices for sanitization, and dust extractor are some of the examples of best case practies, introduced by the company.
 
Mr. Kanakaraju Thangavel, CTO, Klueber Lubrication India Private, Mysuru, the second last speaker of the web-seminar made a brief presentation on the role of Klueber Lubrication in ensuring safe resumption of the production. He also highligted on the process safety which are in place to handle hazardous chemicals, periodical checking and inspection of pressurized gas tank, preparing block structure to ensure social distancing.

In his address, Mr. Jiten Mehta, General Manager, Plant Engineering, Milacron India Private Limited, Ahmedabad, the last speaker of the webinar, illustrated with an example of the safety measures of heat treatment shop, a common unit of various manufacturing units. In addiion, he also spoke on onsite disaster management plan, workers training and machinery safety. 

Before moving to questions and answer session, VDMA conducted 2nd poll, on the “cost of implementing safety processes increases post Covid 19 commencement of manufacturing”. Responding to the poll, 44% audience felt there has been significant increase in cost of implementing safety process and 56% found marginal increase in cost.

 

 

Mr. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA India, conducted question and answer session. The speakers responded to various questions like how to maintain social distancing when work force increase, how to disinfect common touch points in plant, as an initial response what measure is in place in case someone infected by Covid in factory.

 

 

Mr. Nath concluded the interactive session with a quote from Trevor Kletz who said: People say that accidents are due to human error, which is like saying that falls are due to gravity. Always remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. 
He conveyed his best wishes to all the esteemed speakers and attendees from the industry to start their operation SAFELY. 
The web-seminar received an overwhelming response as maximum registration limit of 100 participants from the industry and German engineering fraternity was attained within 2 min of starting the webinar.