ONGC gets serious about health and safety

Vol 18, PW 7 (20 Nov 14) News in Brief

A lethal explosion at a GAIL pipeline in June this year is sending shockwaves through the industry, particularly at ONGC, which wants to avoid similar accidents.

On October 14, director technical and field services Shashi Shanker issued fresh guidelines on reporting accidents promptly. “Incident/accident reporting is a statutory requirement and management must monitor safety performance,” writes Shanker.

“All incidents must be reported to the oil ministry while fatal and major accidents are to be reported to the home affairs ministry too.” There are four accident categories: fatal, major (loss of body part, shutdown of plant or machinery, collision and hydrocarbon leak), minor (injury or loss of property) and near-miss (potentially dangerous).

Fatal or major accidents must be reported to the chairman, the concerned director and other department heads in 10 minutes. Minor accidents should be reported in 30 minutes and near misses in 24 hours.