Vedanta Aluminium concludes annual Mines Safety Fortnight program, reiterating Safety-First approach

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Bhubaneswar, January 30, 2024 – Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, reinforced the company’s commitment to ensuring safe operations at every stepwith an Annual Safety Fortnight program at its operations in Jamkhani, Odisha.The two-week initiative, designed in alignment with the guidelines of the Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), saw active participation from over 400 employees andbusiness partners. It revolved around the theme,‘SurakhshaNiyamo Ka Karein Palan, Na HogiDhurghatna Na Honge AapPareshan,’ (Adhere to safety rules, avoid accidents and mishaps).

The event commenced with a flag hoisting ceremony, followed by a ‘Prabhat Pheri‘rally, wherein the participants highlighted the importance of adhering to safety protocols. Subsequently, a range of safety-focused activities,including mock drills, safety talks, safety quizzes and other awareness programs were organizedover a fortnight.These initiatives collectively underscored the pivotal role of safe practices in ensuring a secure work environment for all.

The program also featuredan external safety inspection conducted by officials from the Ib Valley Coal Mines, a subsidiary of Mahanadi Coal Limitedoperating under Coal India Limited.The rigorous evaluation served as a testament to Vedanta Aluminium’s unwavering commitment and transparency inensuring the highest standards of safety across its mining operations, beginning at the grassroots level, and extending to every employee and partner.During the event, the company also acknowledgedthe outstanding contributions of several employees for their steadfast dedication to promoting safety awareness in their respective departments, inspiring others to prioritize workplace safety.

Highlighting Vedanta Aluminium’s safety-first culture, Mr. V Srikanth, CEO (Mines) – Vedanta Aluminium, expressed, “Safety is atop priority at Vedanta, and a non-negotiable pillar of our operational excellence. The Annual Mines Safety Fortnight program initiative is a part of our effort to bolster the ‘culture of care’. Through comprehensivesafety trainings and the deployment of cutting-edge safety solutions, we are fully committed to nurturing a Zero-Harm environment within our operations.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tapas Kumar Mohanty, Chief Manager Safety and ISO observer, Mahanadi Coal Limited, said, “I would like to congratulate the Mines team of Vedanta Aluminium for successfully organising the Fortnight Mines Safety Program. Witnessing the company’s commitment to enhancing safety culture at the grassroots level is commendable. This achievement not only reflects organizational excellence but also the unwavering dedication of the organization to prioritizing safety in every facet of the operations.”

The Mines team of Vedanta Aluminium proactively raises awareness among its employees, their families, and local communities through regular safety training workshops. These include defensive mock drills on responding to different kinds of emergencies, fire safety sessions with demonstrations of correct usage of safety equipment, and road safety awareness programs in local schools and colleges as well. 

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