Safety India Advances ASSE’s Global Outreach

As a lead up to its Safety India 2015 conference held recently in Mumbai, ASSE hosted a press conference to discuss the growing need for OSH professionals across India, a need made even more critical by the explosive economic growth in the country.

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ASSE President Mike Belcher (left) and Safety India 2015 conference chair Suresh Tanwar were the Society’s spokespeople during the Safety India press conference.

During the press conference, ASSE President Michael Belcher, CSP, noted that all economic signals point to great things for India, but added that sustaining such growth demands the adoption of OSH best practices. “Nowhere will safety professionals make a bigger difference in the lives of India’s 1.2 billion citizens than in bringing the country’s political, business and civic leaders together to ensure the country’s infrastructure, the explosive grow of its cities, manufacturing areas and housing–protect the workers who build them and the citizens who ultimately will use them,” Belcher said. Suresh Tanwar, chief, group safety and health, Tata Group in Mumbai and ASSE Safety India 2015 chair added, “Now more than ever, India needs more qualified safety professionals to embrace the exploding economic growth and keeping workers safe. And that’s why we are pleased that the American Society of Safety Engineers, the world’s oldest professional safety society, is hosting its second Safety India 2015 and growing membership here.” The event received significant coverage in the Indian press, including stories that you can read here and here.

The conference itself featured a Global Executive Leadership Forum on Occupational Safety and Health. Belcher moderated a panel discussion on integrating safety into business operations. Panelists included Tanwar; R.A. Venkitachalam, vice president, public safety mission, UL; Teresa Budworth, CEO of NEBOSH; Sushil Kumar, president, GMS, Reliance Industries Ltd.; and Muralidhar K.S. Kadri, chair and managing director, Learnsmart India Pvt. Ltd.

ASSE Executive Director Fred Fortman also moderated a panel discussion on the changing landscape of OSH in India and globally. Panelists included Darryl Hill, Ph.D., CSP, vice president global health and safety with Johnson Controls; Hari Kumar, director, HSSEQ and sustainability, Cairn India Ltd.; Ravi Kant Somani, senior vice president, SH&E, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd; and Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, Ph.D., CSP, ASP, CET, BCSP’s CEO.

Rixio Medina, CSP, president/CEO, Rixio Medina and Associates LP, and an ASSE ambassador and Drew Bennett, principal consultant, DEKRA Insight, Australia, delivered two keynote sessions during the event. Conference presenters covered a wide variety of subjects, including risk assessment and management, process safety, safety culture, case studies on incident prevention and global safety standards and many others. Close to 200 safety professionals participated in the event which was followed by a one-day technical workshop on CSP/ASP preparation course conducted by Ashok Garlapati, CSP, QEP, CMIOSH, ASSE Ambassador for the Middle East and India.

We hope you enjoy these video highlights. We’ve also added more photos and videos to the event’s Facebook page.