ASSE in India: Growth Continues

In his 2014 Independence Day speech, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited global firms to “make in India.” In that same address, he stated, “Manufactured goods should have zero defect as also zero effect on environment.”

“Manufactured goods with zero defects are likely to be governed by competitive market forces,” says Jitendra (Jitu) C. Patel, CPEA, ASSE Fellow and Ambassador. “However, the second part about zero effect is going to be a lot more challenging.” He explains that thousands of people in India lose their lives in factory/machine incidents, falls from heights and road crashes each year. “Now more than ever, India needs safety professionals to embrace the latest best practices in keeping people safe. India is fortunate to have the support of ASSE and other emerging OHS leaders in India.”

Along with Ashok Garlapati, ASSE’s newly elected Global Region Vice President, Ajay Sachdeva, India facilitator and many other HSE leaders, Patel has been instrumental in helping ASSE establish chapters in the Middle East as well as four chapters in India, in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “Momentum continues for Gujarat, Karnataka and National Capital Region,” Patel adds, noting that ASSE now has nearly 800 members across the country.

Patel’s objective is to mentor these members to “think globally and act locally” to make a difference. His passion for that goal was on full display in late 2015. He helped organize Safety India 2015 in Mumbai, where he also served as a plenary speaker. The conference drew industry leaders from multinational firms such as Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Larson and Toubro, Mahindra & Mahindra, Reliance Industries and Cairn Zing. He also organized several postconference seminars and workshops in locations such as Hyderabad (Telangana), Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Pune (Maharashtra) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat) to promote ASSE and the India chapters, and to bring greater attention to the importance of OHS. Patel also met with representatives at the Apollo Hospitals in Telangana. He reports that through these efforts and ongoing work of the local chapters, the Apollo hospitals are starting a basic life support training program at all their institutions. “These efforts have provided a strong foundation to the existing chapters and also motivation to engage in promoting ASSE membership by encouraging other OHS professionals in the country to make a difference,” Patel says.

110 delegates enjoyed the full-day seminar at Pune.
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