Maruti Suzuki India bags National Safety Award

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 04 Oct 2018


Maruti Suzuki India has been awarded the ‘National Safety Award’ by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India. The award is for excellence in industrial safety in the automobile category in performance year 2016.

Maruti Suzuki India's cars roll out of three plants in India. Plant 1 in Gurgaon has a production capacity of 700,000 cars from three assembly facilities, the Manesar plant can produce 800,000 units again from three assembly facilities, and the third is the SMC plant at Hansalpur, Gujarat which currently has a capacity of 250,000 units per annum.  

Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) presented the award to Maruti Suzuki. The award was received by Manoj Agrawal, Senior Vice President (Safety) on behalf of the company.

Maruti Suzuki says it has developed a robust three-tier safety governance structure with the ‘zero accident’ vision comprising “zero human injury’ and ‘zero fire’. This structure, according to the company, ensures safe working conditions for employees and contractors at its manufacturing facilities and offices.

Using Safety Circle Competitions to promote increased employee participation, the company has started the ‘Zero Sai’ initiative. In safety circles, teams identify work-related hazards and implement a focused action plan for mitigation of the hazard. As a practice, planned safety audits, safety campaigns and theme-based improvement programmes are conducted to enhance safety culture among employees.

According to Maruti Suzuki, its facilities adhere to globally recognized OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) assessment standards.