Technological innovation for accident minimization

13:11 | 13/04/2015 Science - Technology

(VEN) - Of all the various production and business fields involved in the industry and trade sector, mineral exploitation has always posed the greatest risk in terms of labor accidents. As such, businesses in this sector have advanced technological innovation and managerial measures in occupational health and safety (OHS) to minimize accidents.

Technological innovation for accident minimization

Conference launching safety control and fire and explosion prevention activities in 2015 and responding to the 17th national week for occupational safety and hygiene and fire and explosion prevention

According to the National Safety Techniques and Environment Agency, in 2014 OHS and fire prevention in the sector saw many positive changes. The units under the Ministry of Industry and Trade saw 30 labor accidents, a decline of 30 percent, and also down 18.6 percent in terms of 2013’s death toll. This result was due to the efforts made by businesses to innovate technologies and promote stricter measures in terms of OHS and working conditions.

As a business with a high risk of labor accidents, the Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin) has beefed up its safety control measures with a number of new technologies such as methane gas monitoring and a system of observation in the pits. Vinacomin have also set up a steering committee to accelerate the comprehensive mechanization for coal mine pits in 2015.

The Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN) has been recently praised for its OHS and fire prevention works. For more than a year, the group has had no unfortunate accidents. In 2014, the safety-health-environment management system continued to be upgraded by the group and its member companies. PVN continued to focus on scientific and technological applications in its OHS operations and implemented a project on studying laborers’ health and occupational diseases, offering preventive measures to minimize labor accidents in its member companies.

As for the Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex), fire prevention has always been a top priority. The group has coordinated with the Department of Fire Prevention, Fighting, Relief and Rescue to design, install and test fixed fire fighting systems at petrol stations. It also coordinated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and TAMADA Industries. Inc. of Japan to implement the “Study and experiment double-hulled oil tanks against leakages” project.

However, delegates at the conference on deploying OHS and fire prevention tasks in response to the 17th National Occupational Health and Safety and Fire Prevention Week (OHS-FP) 2015 proposed that the obtained results are not sustainable and the rate of labor accidents remains unacceptably high due to the low level of responsibility of managers as well as poor awareness and violations by laborers in labor safety processes and regulations.

Addressing the conference, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong said in recent years the OHS-FP has implemented positive changes. However, he warned units under the sector of potential risks relating to labor accidents and fires, and asked them to set up plans to tackle the issue.

In response to the National OHS-FP 2015, the steering committee at the conference also launched a program themed “Each enterprise and laborer must take the initiative to prevent labor accidents and occupational diseases to protect themselves and the community” and commended and awarded units that have recorded excellent safety records. 

By Hong Duong