UPL is focused on emerging as a premier global provider of total crop solutions designed to secure the world’s long-term food supply.
Winning farmers hearts across the globe, while leading the way with innovative products and services that make agriculture sustainable, UPL is the fastest growing company in the industry.
Our successes in the field add up to powerful financials. UPL delivers results from protecting crops that translate into attractive investor value.
Creating a congenial environment for food to flourish, in spite of ever increasing climatic and environmental changes is to ensure mankind’s survival.
Based on the recognition that humankind is one community, UPL’s overarching commitment is to improve areas of its presence, workplace and customer engagement.
The safety of our employees, both permanent and contractual, is very important to us. All efforts are taken to ensure that the environment they are working is safe and injury free.
UPL Health, Safety and Emergency Preparedness (HSE) policy has been adopted by its Directors and applies to all Group employees.
- The Management at UPL is committed to safeguard health & safety for all by minimizing the adverse effects arising out of industrial chemical and agrochemical manufacture as well as marketing these products from one location to another.
- Necessary standards for Health, Safety and Emergency Performance & Statutory Compliance shall be ensured through proactive steps during all operations including pollution control.
- The company shall make arrangements for employee information, education, training and re-training related to health, safety and emergency objectives at different levels - for interested parties and the general public, whenever required.
- We are committed to continuous HSE improvement through risk assessments, waste minimization and optimum resource use through:
(a) Source reduction and/or
(b) Recovery and recycle/reuse, and/or
(c) Suitable treatment for any hazardous / toxic waste arising out of operations
The company shall prioritise the HSE aspect in all its decision-making, including the purchase of plant, equipment, machinery, materials and monitoring individual HSE performance in their career advancement.
- Monitor the health of all employees through pre-employment and periodical medical examinations.
- All unit Heads review operations comprising the identification of significant environment aspects, prepare and monitor relevant HSE objectives and annual targets.
- The HSE policy objectives and performance shall be reviewed periodically and communicated to all employees, people and interested parties.
Chemical and industrial disasters at manufacturing plants are not inevitable. At UPL, we emphasize ‘zero tolerance’ as an ongoing standard in disaster prevention. However, human errors, operational dimensions and the availability of relevant information during various disaster management phases have emerged as critical concern areas as well. Starting with manufacturing plants, prudent decisions comprising site selection, public participation in clearance, industrial layout planning, disaster mitigation, and on-site and off-site emergency co-ordination strengthen our comprehensive disaster management framework at the local and district levels.
To ensure safety for employees, we have organized committees that are dedicated for handling of emergency and welfare for employees. The initiatives directed towards the human welfare, emergency response and mutual aid are taken care by the respective committees through various activities conducted round the year. Apart from the regular CSR activities the company also creates programs for welfare and emergency preparedness
- Mutual Aid
- Emergency Response Team
- Environmental Care for Human Welfare
We have a separate safety audit team that takes responsibility of the safety compliance in all units. A dedicated construction safety manual is designed that continually improves safety standards and practices to achieve construction safety excellence.
The company is arranging periodic transporter meet & also arranging training for transport crew, thus ensuring safety during transportation of hazardous chemicals.
Each operating shift commences with a 10-minute discussion on safety aimed at enhancing process integrity. Each project goes through HAZOP studies before commencement. All plantsetting changes are first cleared by the HAZOP team before being implemented.
The outdoor safety training for all employees are carried out at UPL's Nahauli Farm House where employees engage in a five day industrial safety camp.
The company frequently engages by conducting demonstrations in the area of disaster preparedness conducted by the factory inspectorate during the National Safety Day celebrations.
The safety department conducts training for all employees and contract on safety related issues.
A detailed Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) system is in place for new as well as existing plants. For new plants we have adopted 4 stage analysis methodologies. For existing plants, cyclic PHA system is adopted once in a 3 years from the baseline PHA. We repeat the process of PHA under various instances like a process incident, change management (technology type) more than five times etc. PHA of all identified critical processes is carried out every year. All the types of changes are routed through proper process hazard analysis system.
The ERT members are selected in such a fashion that minimum 8-10 members are available in each shift except small units to combat with any emergency if arises. Bimonthly training is imparted to all ERT members by our own ERT mentors. More emphasis are given on practical training rather than class room training. A full scale mock drill is conductedonce in a quarter at each of our units.
We have a safety committee which has been constituted as per the guidelines of the Factories Act, 1948, comprising of a minimum of 50% representation from the non-management workforce. We ensure complete compliance and adherence with all applicable laws, and always strive to go beyond the minimum acceptable threshold of compliance with legal obligation. In order to maintain highest levels of safety, we have implemented Health, Safety & Emergency Management Systems (HSEMS) which are periodically reviewed by the board level HSE committee. This has helped us to increase safety awareness and occurrences throughout our locations and foster a safety culture in the workplace. We are striving to weave the safety performance with business sustainability, by strengthening our Risk Management and Process Hazard Analysis which enable risk mitigation and emergency planning to impede any incidents.
Our Ankleshwar, Halol, Jhagadia and Vapi sites were certified with ‘Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS 18001)’ certification in October 2003. We are presently engaged in adopting the Integrated Management System encompassing the requirements of ISO 9000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 across all our manufacturing facilities.
Responsible Care is a global, voluntary initiative developed autonomously by the chemical industry for the benefit of the chemical industry. This initiative runs across 52 countries accounting for nearly 90% of the global chemical production. UPL is a recognized Responsible Care ompany, awarded the use of its logo. We voluntarily adopted the practice codes of the Responsible Care (RC) initiative accepted by Indian Chemical Manufacturers’ Association and implemented the ISO - 14000 (Environmental Management System), demonstrating our commitment towards continuous HSE performance improvement.
- HSE Issues are always given high priority at UPL.
- A committee of HSE Officers has to monitor Health, Safety and Emergency Preparedness standards and practices.
- This is to ensure that our HSE management systems are world class and we achieve zero incidences at the work place. We realise that as a world leader in manufacturing, we need to put safety & health systems in place.
- We partnered with Dupont, Syngenta to evaluate HSE management systems across all manufacturing sites. This exercise was spread over three months and the evaluation study has opened up new avenues for improvement.
- Our aim is to graduate from the present dependent HSE culture to an interdependent culture.
- An inter-site benchmarking is done regularly to encourage healthy competition between sites.
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