National Safety Day in India is observed every year on March 4 with the purpose of generating awareness and commitment to working safely. The holiday was initiated by the National Safety Council to increase the awareness of all the guidelines of safety measures, including road safety, workplace safety, the safety of human health, as well as the environment. The holiday is also aimed at renewing the commitment of employees and the general public to work safely throughout the year. Ultimately, the day wants to shine the light on safety protocols and measures that need to be adhered to, to avoid any type of workplace accidents.
History of National Safety Day
The National Safety Day is celebrated every year by the National Safety Council of India to raise awareness and commitment to the safety protocols and measures that need to be followed to avoid workplace mishaps.
The ultimate objective of the holiday is to commit employees and the general public to work safely by adhering to all safety guidelines. The National Safety Council is a non-profit body that has been set up to aid in generating, developing, and sustaining any national level of voluntary gesture of health, safety, and development. These actions of the council have been successful ever since the initiation of the holiday in 1972 — set in less than a decade after its establishment.
According to records, the day was initiated as an afterthought of the first industrial safety conference in India organized by the Ministry of Labour and Employment who felt a need for safety councils on national and state levels. They proposed what is now the National Safety Council which then went on to initiate the holiday as a way to drive the adoption of safety measures.
National Safety Day was first observed on the foundation day of the National Safety Council in 1972. The day was set up by the Ministry of Labour and Employment on March 4, 1965, to develop and bring into practice a voluntary routine on safety, health, and environment. The year 2021 marks the 50th observance of National Safety Day.
National Safety Day timeline
The National Safety Council gets registered as a ‘Public Trust’ under the “Bombay Public Trust Act” of 1950.
The government of India establishes the National Safety Council as a non-profit body, self-financing body.
The National Safety Council launches National Safety Day a decade after its founding.
Many leaders and organizations take to Twitter to highlight the important message of safety on National Safety Day.
National Safety Day FAQs
Why is National Safety Day celebrated in India?
National Safety Day is observed every year in India on March 4 to generate awareness and commitment to working safely. It is aimed at renewing the commitment of employees and the general public to work safely throughout the year.
When was the first National Safety Day celebrated?
National Safety Day was first celebrated in 1972 almost half a decade after the founding of the National Safety Council, which is the premier, non-profit body concerned with the safety, health, and environment in India, in 1966.
How can I celebrate National Safety Day in India?
To observe National Safety Day in India, take the N.S.C.’s Safety & Health Pledge to commit yourself to work safely.
How To Observe National Safety Day
Take the N.S.C.’s pledge
Commit yourself and your employees to work safely by taking the Safety & Health Pledge by the National Safety Council. National Safety Day aims to renew the commitment of employees and the general public to work safely and by taking the pledge, you are observing the day.
Write an essay on improving safety
Another way to observe the holiday is to write about the unique ways you think we can adapt to commitment and get better at working safely. Join safety competitions too — essays, slogans, posters, housekeeping, and even safety performance. You could also pin yourself with the custom National Safety Council Flag.
Persuade people on social media
Help others commit to safely working by sharing your story online. Safety should be a priority over everything else and no worker should be forced to have to choose between not working safely and their means of livelihood. Encourage people to take the personal oath of working safely. Use hashtag #NationalSafetyDay.
5 Facts About The National Safety Council
It is themed
Each year, the National Safety Day is given a theme to highlight the direction of public work safety the holiday will focus on.
National Safety Day is aimed at renewing the commitment of employees and the general public to work safely throughout the year.
It’s a non-profit
The National Safety Council was established to make safety training more accessible to all — therefore, it’s a non-profit organization.
More than half-a-century old
The National Safety Council had launched National Safety Day just over 50 years ago.
Commemorating National Safety Council
National Safety Day was born half a decade after the founding of the National Safety Council to mark the National Safety Council’s day of formation.
Why National Safety Day Is Important
To improve workers welfare
National Safety Day Is Important to maintain proper workforce welfare. Developing a proactive attitude towards safety and creating procedures for identifying workplace hazards and reducing accidents and exposure to harmful situations and substances is key to every employee’s workplace satisfaction.
It highlights National Safety Council’s impact
Helping to highlight the impact and growth of the National Safety Council is an important part of National Safety Day. The premier non-profit, self-financing, and tripartite apex body concerned with Safety, Health, and Environment in India, was founded in 1966. Five years before the founding of the holiday.
It sets a good precedent
The act of committing to working safely is a good precedent for the future Indian workforce. Safety should be a priority over everything else and no worker should be forced to have to choose between not working safely and their means of livelihood.
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