Policy on safety, occupational health likely: Official

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Bangalore, Nov 13 (UNI) A National Policy on Safety and Occupational Health was in the offing, S K Saxena, Director General, Directorate General Factory Advice, Services and Labour Institutes, Mumbai, said today.

Talking to UNI on the sidelines of a National Conference on Occupational Safety, Health and Work Environment and Exhibition organised by Karnataka State Safety Institute and Union Ministry of Labour and Employment, he said the draft had been prepared and the Centre has to approve the policy.

Mr Saxena said introduction of the issues on Safety and Occupational Health should be included in curriculam. ''Engineering graduates should be aware of safety aspects before they come out of the University, likewise the doctors should be aware of diseases.

Even school children should learn about basic safety measures,'' he added.

The official said a study was being carried out on Occupational Health and Safety for the employees in IT and BPO companies.

Earlier, Union Minister of State for Labour Oscar Fernandes, in his inaugural address said safety was an instrument to measure an industry's health.

Stressing that training is a must for maintaining safety in an Industry, the Minister said employees should be imparted with safety measures in the industry they are working.

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