The Union Home Ministry on Sunday (May 10) has issued guidelines for resuming production in manufacturing companies a few days after the Visakhapatnam gas leak incident. Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, keeping in mind It has been made that mechanical, electrical and chemical equipment, which were closed during lockdown, may pose a risk to the workers.
GVV Sarma, Member Secretary of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has written a letter to the Chief Secretaries of all states and union territories detailing the guidelines. Sarma said that due to several weeks of lockdown and shutdown of industrial units during the lockdown period, it is possible that some operators may not have followed the established standard operating procedure (SOP). As a result, some manufacturing facilities, pipelines, valves , etc. may contain residual chemicals, which may pose a risk. The same problems exist with storage facilities with hazardous chemicals and flammable materials.
In his statement, he said that when the lockout / tagout procedures are not implemented, many energy sources can prove dangerous to operators / supervisors who are servicing or maintaining electrical, mechanical or chemical equipment. When heavy machinery and if the equipment is not maintained from time to time, then it can prove to be dangerous.