CSR : Vedanta conducts Fire Safety awareness sessions for students of Jharsuguda

JHARSUGUDA: Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda’s CSR team and Fire Safety team collaborated to conduct Fire Safety Awareness sessions for students in peripheral schools from 7th – 20th December’18. With the objective to impart and equip students and staff in schools with technical knowledge on prevention and combat of fire, the Fire Safety team of Vedanta reached out to more than 1200 students and school staff hailing from eight schools namely Buromal Govt. School, Debadihi High School, K.G.P High School Gudigaon, Govt. U.G.H.S Siriapali, Chakradhar Birtia Govt. (New) High school Parmanpur, Banjari Project U.P School, Bapuji Nodal High School Sripura and Panchayat High school Badmal.

The awareness sessions focused primarily on analysis of causes and prevention of fire, basic firefighting methods, critical do’s and don’ts, emergency measures to be undertaken in case of fire, ensuring safety of self and helping others. Led by Kulamani Mishra of Vedanta’s Fire Safety Dept., the CSR team aided in conducting these sessions through interactive teaching methods, quizzes and practical demonstrations, including usage of fire extinguishers. The sessions stemmed out of a realization by the CSR dept. that although these schools had the basic firefighting equipment, the students and staffed needed technical sessions on using the equipment.

Mishra also sensitized the audience on the various facets of road safety, urging them to follow the rules in their day to day lives. In Phase I of the campaign, 8 schools were targeted for conducting the sessions. The planning for Phase II of the campaign is already underway and will be rolled out in a structured manner soon.

On the initiative, Abhijit Pati – CEO, Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda said, “Safety is the cornerstone of our operational excellence. We have a competent and efficient safety team that works tirelessly to ensure a zero-harm workplace. Being a responsible corporate, we believe in sharing our technical expertise and knowledge with the community for the greater good, and this Fire Safety Awareness campaign undertaken by our Fire Safety and CSR teams is a testimony to the same.”

Cho Yiu Chan – HSE Head (Health, Safety & Environment), Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, said, “We at Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda go beyond our company limits to cater to the well-being of our surrounding communities. This is our strictly imbibed corporate responsibility.”

Students and staff of the schools where awareness sessions have been held, were appreciative of the initiative and wholeheartedly participated to make the campaign a success. At Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, our sustainable operations are driven by a safety-first culture. As a socially responsible corporate, we believe in working for the greater good of the community, sharing our knowledge and expertise in the process for the benefit those around us.