UL Convenes India Workplace Safety Council to Tackle Workplace Health and Safety Challenges in India

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the second highest number of deaths and injuries in the world
resulting from workplace related accidents and illnesses, safety is a
rising concern for leading organizations in India. Without a solution,
the number of workplace safety incidents will continue rising as the
country’s workforce is projected to expand by 8 to 9 million people
annually for the next five years, according to International Labour
Organization estimates.

To address this growing problem, UL’s
Integrated Health and Safety Institute (IHSI)
, in partnership with
UL’s Public Safety Office in India, held the first annual India
Workplace Safety Council meeting in New Delhi on April 7, 2016. The
Council aims to identify and develop solutions to key obstacles
employers face in improving workplace safety and health.

UL’s IHSI is conducting research, developing effective training material
and assisting in the creation and implementation of better standards for
workplace health and safety. Key works from IHSI, including the Standard
for Integrating Health and Safety in the Workplace and the Integrated
Health and Safety Index, help organizations make informed decisions to
enhance safety in workplaces and reduce the number of safety and health
incidents.

“Workplace safety is an escalating concern for many leading
organizations in India, not only out of a sense of empathy arising from
disabilities and loss of life, but due to the staggering cost to the
Indian economy,” said Todd Hohn, IHSI’s global director. “The country
suffers a loss of at least 4 percent of its annual GDP to workplace
related accidents and injuries.”

The first Council meeting was comprised of heads of corporate health and
safety representing leading industry sectors such as pharmaceuticals,
petroleum, power, and construction, along with leading representatives
from the government of India.

The experts conceded that many companies fail to recognize the full
economic impact of their lapses in safety, resulting in few changes to
improve workplace safety regulations and little effort to determine the
primary causes of workplace incidents. There is greater need for
proactive research to help organizations make informed decisions to
enhance safety in the workplace.

“As an organization dedicated to public safety, UL strives to bring our
knowledge of best practices from around the world to the Council to
ensure we all learn from mistakes that others have made and not repeat
them ourselves,” said Hohn.

About UL’s Integrated Health and Safety Institute

Founded in June 2015, UL’s Integrated Health and Safety Institute (IHSI)
is the first private sector not-for-profit institute dedicated to
advancing the integration of workplace health and safety programs. IHSI
provides world-class research, guidance, standards, and education to
assist employers in integrating their health, safety and worker
well-being initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.ulehssustainability.com/ihsi.

About UL

UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has
championed progress for more than 120 years. Its nearly 11,000
professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and
living environments for all people via two distinct entities:
Underwriters Laboratories Inc., a 501(c)3 public charity, and UL LLC. UL
uses research and standards to continually advance and meet
ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers,
trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring
solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information,
visit http://www.UL.com.

Contacts

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