The use of personal protection equipment (PPE) is still found lacking in the country, across most sectors and ownership groups. Much still needs to be done so that India can be regarded as an active user of PPE. In an interaction with T&D India, Sandeep Arora, General Manager – Marketing, Karam Industries, said that on a progressive scale of 0-10 of overall PPE penetration, India still ranks 3 to 4. This only goes to indicate that the element of risk in factories and construction sites is still very high.
When asked about how the penetration of PPE could be improved, Arora explained that it needs strong legislation and proper enforcement of government laws. The official observed that while the use of PPE was generally low across all sectors, a few segments like oil & gas, pharmaceuticals and automobiles did relatively better.
With respect to power transmission projects, there is inherent risk to workers given that they work at a considerable height, and there is a possibility of working in live electrical conditions. On this aspect, Arora asserted that despite the high innate risk, the usage of PPE is still inadequate. “There is still more to be done in this sector to make the life of worker more safe and comfortable while working,” said Arora.
For power transmission, Karam Industries supplies a whole range of protection equipment that includes full-body harness, lanyards, anchorage lines, fall arrestors, safety nets, safety helmets, protective eye gear, electric shock-proof safety shoes, among several others.
Towards improving overall safety levels in power transmission works, and to create a zero-accident environment, the Karam Industries official suggested that there should be proper understanding of the hazards involved, followed by selection of the right PPE as per the hazard concerned. Arora also felt that workers involved in power transmission activities need to get trained from certified centres. One aspect often overlooked is taking the PPE for granted. “There should be regular and thorough inspection of PPE, pre and post usage,” recommended Arora.
Discussing his company’s operations, Sandeep Arora said that Karam makes sure that its products are certified. “All our products are certified to either national or international standards, collectively including BIS, EN, ANSI, etc.” The company also invests heavily in R&D to constantly upgrade its range of products.
Karam exports its products to over 80 countries, explained Arora, highlighting that all products exported comply with either international standards or local standards of the destination country.
On another note, Arora did acknowledge the presence of competition from international suppliers, in both Indian and foreign markets. China, in particular, is able to compete on the price front as well, he said.
The Karam Industries official highlighted that his company was actively promoting the cause of safety. “We are closely working with both government and private organizations to promote safety in India as well abroad. Our motto is to spread awareness about safe work practices to the management, managers and workforce across different industries,” was how he explained his point.
Summarizing his company’s future plans, Arora noted that Karam intends to expand its portfolio by manufacturing high-quality certified head-to-toe safety products. “Our goal is to make every workplace in the world a safe one,” Arora concluded.