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An Interactive Session with Recognized Unions on Health, Safety and Environment was held on 1 November 2022 in New Delhi to discuss key HSE issues for achieving accident free operations.  The Interactive Session on HSE was focused on Resilient Safety Culture with a two way communication. On one hand, the Corporate HSE Team shared the HSE related steps being taken by the Company and on the other hand, observations and opinions from the operational sites conveyed by the Unions were deliberated thread bare.

The session was chaired by Director (Onshore) – Director In-charge HSE Anurag Sharma who first expressed his gratitude for the effective representation from all corners of ONGC. “Our initiatives in boosting ONGC’s HSE culture can be fostered only with the support of each and everyone,” remarked Director (Onshore).

Director (Onshore) and Director In-charge HSE Anurag Sharma chairing the interactive sessionDirector (Onshore) and Director In-charge HSE Anurag Sharma chairing the interactive session

Director (Onshore) encouraged all to be the Safety Champions at their individual level and to be always proactive in sharing ideas for improvement on all fronts especially HSE.

Deliberations between the ONGC Management and Union RepresentativesDeliberations between the ONGC Management and Union Representatives

While welcoming all for the session, ED – Chief ER Rajan Asthana mentioned about the significance of health and safety for an individual and an organization. With the idea that safety is an intrinsic human tendency, he beseeched that we all need to take a resolve towards being alert and cautious.

Chief ER expressed his gratitude to Director (Onshore) and team of Corporate HSE for making the crucial Interactive Session possible.

ED-Chief ER Rajan Asthana welcoming allED-Chief ER Rajan Asthana welcoming all

A presentation on ‘Initiatives on HSE’ was made by Superintending Chemist Adesh Kumar Singh from Corporate HSE. Amongst other highlights, the presentation focused on ONGC Management’s initiative to engage an independent expert consultant of global standards to improve the HSE performance through a resilient safety culture.

During the presentation, ED-Chief HSE Shri Ajay Dixit, explained the HSE concerns of a Hydrocarbon business and how Behavioural Based Concept of HSE needs to be promoted. The bigger target of zero tolerance towards unsafe conditions can only be achieved by beginning the task in a mission mode.

Presentation by Corporate HSE (left) and ED-Chief HSE making a pointPresentation by Corporate HSE (left) and ED-Chief HSE making a point

Detailing the three phases of Project Safety Management Assessment, the presentation explained the various facets of Organizational Culture which includes Leadership Commitment, Behaviors, Values, Ethics, Goals and Objectives, which can affect both these management system outcomes. 

Director (Onshore) and Director In-charge HSE Anurag Sharma deliberating with the Union RepresentativesDirector (Onshore) and Director In-charge HSE Anurag Sharma deliberating with the Union Representatives

During the deliberations, several HSE issues were raised by the representatives. In response to them, the ONGC management responded by highlighting the performance and initiatives taken so far. Director (Onshore) and Director In-charge HSE appreciated the queries and suggestions that were put forth, and assured that requisite measures to ensure a safe working environment would be taken. It was reiterated that ONGC management’s priority remains that safety be sincerely prioritized at work. It is essentially the impact of safety that reflects the brand value and work culture of any organization.

Director (Onshore) and Director In-charge HSE Anurag Sharma being felicitated at the start of the interactive sessionDirector (Onshore) and Director In-charge HSE Anurag Sharma being felicitated at the start of the interactive session

ED – Chief MM Sandeep Gupta, GGM (HR) – Chief HRD Divya Capoor, GGM (HR) – Chief SDC Shashi Prasad, GGM (HR) – Head ER Anil Kumar, CGM (MS) – CMS Pranita Das and other officers from Corporate HSE, Corporate ER and Delhi office participated in the interactive session and put forth valuable inputs pertaining to their areas.

The meeting ended with a Vote of Thanks by ED-Chief HSE, Ajay Dixit, who especially thanked the Union office bearers for their commitment to take the Company’s HSE agenda forward.