Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A Glimpse on Workplace Safety as a Career Choice

Managing Workplace Safety: A Soft Skill with Hard Consequences


Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), WB had organized the Corporate Classroom, Session 5 on 26th September, 2020 in online mode. The Topic for discussion was: Managing Workplace Safety: A Soft Skill with Hard Consequences, a relatively new and interesting area.

It had been jointly organised by the Language laboratory and the Training & Placement Cell of MAKAUT, WB. These sessions aim at improving the performance of the students in Job Interviews, Group Discussions, Workplace Behaviour and so on. 

The Chief Patron of the programme on Workplace Safety was Prof. (Dr) Saikat Maitra, Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, MAKAUT, WB. The Keynote Speaker was Mr Durganand Thakur, Vice-President Vodafone-Idea Ltd. The Panelists were Prof. (Dr.) Sukhendu Samajdar, Director, Natural & Applied Sciences and Dr. Anandarup Sarangi, Training & Placement Officer of MAKAUT, WB. The Programme moderators were Mr. Shaswata Sengupta, Assistant Professor, Centre of Linguistics, MAKAUT, WB and Mr. Sushanta Kayal, Faculty and Coordinator, Centre of Linguistics, MAKAUT, WB. The Technical coordinator was Mr Manas Ghosh, Assistant Professor, RCCIIT and Advisor, MAKAUT, WB. 

The panelists and Speakers at the Programme
At the outset Mr. Shaswata Sengupta welcomed all to the programme and mentioned that workplace safety has become a key concern of the industrial sector and various organizations. That is, health and safety of workers is now a priority area. The organizations like Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) offer vocational training to potential candidates and offer a career choice in the corporate world.

The Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Saikat Maitra could not attend the programme, as he was busy in an important meeting. His message was read out by Prof. Samajdar. In the message, Prof. Maitra laid stress on the idea of Corporate Classroom, as it is based on the concept of limitless education. Such interactions are not confined within a classroom equipped with only blackboard and chalk.


The keynote speaker Mr. Durganand Thakur, Vice-President, Vodafone-Idea Ltd, provided the participants with information about and insight into the workings of the Telecom Industry – globally and nationally – highlighting major aspects of safety management involved and implemented there. The participants were also informed about promising career prospects in safety management in engineering. India as a vast country provides immense opportunities in the field of workplace safety. Mr. Thakur pointed out that in India, the telecom industry is second largest in terms of subscribers and also second largest in minutes of usage due to huge population. Therefore the scope of employment is immense. Moreover, telecommunication is a 24/7 operation and people are working for 24/7 also. Thus, people associated with this industry need to be responsible. In this context Mr. Thakur highlighted the need of safety management across industries also.

Need of Safety Management across Industries 


Industrial safety is important as it safeguards human life, especially in high risk areas such as nuclear plants, aircraft, chemical, oil & gases and mining industries, where a fatal mistake can be catastrophic. Industrial safety reduces risks for people and processes.

Maintaining a safe and healthy working environment is not only an important human resource issue, but it is the law as well.

Whether they are entry-level workers, seasoned veterans, supervisors, or plant managers, the employees need to understand health and safety risks. They must know the common safety standards and compliance procedures which may be adopted to minimize those risks.

The section of an organization or industry dealing with Safety Management or Industrial Safety deals with the study of the possibilities of any mishap or danger, correlated to the health of workers or equipment, chemicals or machines.


Role of an Employer & Employee in Industrial Safety


Management's commitment provides the motivating force and the resources for organizing and controlling activities within an organization. The management must regard worker safety and health as a fundamental value of the organization. It should apply its commitment towards health and safety protection with as much vigour as it shows to other organizational goals. Employee involvement provides the means by which workers express their commitment to health and safety for themselves and for their fellow workers.

Safety Management as a Career


The domain of Health and Safety are gradually becoming an integral part of planned business operations. Many companies have begun to hire professionals who have expertise in this field and who help create better plans for risk management.

Potential Job Opportunities in Safety Management

  • Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Officer/Engineer/Manager
  • Fire & Safety Officer
  • Environment/Sustainability Officer
  • Director Safety
  • Head -Safety and Risk Management
  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Vice President- Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Quality (HSSEQ)
Industries Requiring Safety Professionals

  • Oil & Gas
  • Construction
  • Telecom
  • Railways
  • Power & Infrastructure
Mr. Thakur said that Safety Management is a very lucrative career, as the number of experts working in this field is relatively less. Moreover it is a noble profession, which helps to serve the society.

Relevant Questions with Answers

1. Sometimes employees hesitate to provide safety related feedback to peers and authorities. What is the right attitude in such cases?
Answer: The employee should not keep quiet and take risk.
2. How is effective listening important to ensure workplace security?
Answer: As an employer, patient listening is important, otherwise the employer will be biased. The employee must also listen to relevant instructions, as that will save lives.
3. Females are hardly recruited in Safety Management. Please comment.
Answer: It is a matter of awareness. Ladies are recruited, though in limited numbers. But, they must also be aware of such careers and qualify themselves.



Professor (Dr) Sukhendu Samajdar, concluded the session by commenting that safety management is a nuanced soft skill because we never know where risk is going to come from. Risk is invisible and sensing something invisible requires keen power of observation, listening, communicating and handling on case to case basis. These instructive interactions are important because safety management needs lessons from beyond the classroom. It is an all pervasive topic. 

At a Glance

• Safety Management needs to be dealt with sensibly and sensitively.
• There are three keys to minimize risk at work and avert accidents: Watching, Listening and Adhering to guidelines.

Safety precautions are necessary for making the workplace safe for oneself and others. Promising careers await for the younger generations in Safety Management in engineering industries .


Student participation in Corporate Classroom Sessions, organized in online mode is recognized for Mandatory Additional Requirement (MAR) credit. The students can enhance their skills and at the same time earn MAR points by participating in these workshops. It will be incorporated under Workshop in Point No. 6 (shown below in MAR Record Sheet) and the students can get 10 points by attending one session. They will get 20 points from two such sessions.


Mandatory Additional Requirement (MAR) is an integral part of different under-graduate (UG) curricula of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), WB for its in-house courses and also its affiliated colleges. As the University is aimed at all round development of the students, MAR has been introduced to encourage them to be involved in: Social and Developmental Activities, Environmental Protection (like tree plantation), Skill Development, Online courses and undertaking Entrepreneurial Activities. Accordingly the students will choose activities of their choice/interest and earn Activity Points for MAR. 
A minimum of 25 MAR activity points must be achieved in each academic year by every student for qualifying in MAR. 

YouTube Link for the programme on Workplace Safety:



For more information about the University please visit: https://makautwb.ac.in/

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Secure Points for Mandatory Additional Requirement (MAR)

    Student participation in Corporate Classroom Sessions, organized in online mode is recognized for Mandatory Additional Requirement (MAR) credit. It is being jointly organised by the Language laboratory and the Training and Placement Cell of MAKAUT, WB. These sessions aim at improving the performance of the students in Job Interviews, Group Discussions, Workplace Behaviour, and so on. The students can enhance their skills and at the same time earn MAR points by participating in these workshops. It will be incorporated under Workshop in Point No. 6 (shown below in MAR Record Sheet) and the students can get 10 points by attending one session. They will get 20 points from two such sessions.

Join the Next Session

The next one is Corporate Classroom, session 5 on 26th September, 2020 (Saturday) from 11.30 a m (IST). The Topic is: Managing Workplace Safety: A Soft Skill with Hard Consequences 
The Chief Patron of the programme is Prof. (Dr) Saikat Maitra Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, MAKAUT, WB. The Keynote Speaker is Mr Durganand Thakur, Vice-President Vodafone-Idea Ltd. The Panelists are Prof. (Dr.) Sukhendu Samajdar, Director, Natural & Applied Sciences and Dr. Anandarup Sarangi, Training & Placement Officer of MAKAUT, WB.
Programme moderators: 
  • Mr. Shaswata Sengupta, Assistant Professor, Centre of Linguistics, MAKAUT, WB
  • Mr. Sushanta Kayal, Faculty and Coordinator, Centre of Linguistics, MAKAUT, WB 
Technical coordinator: 
  • Mr Manas Ghosh, Assistant Professor, RCCIIT and Advisor, MAKAUT, WB. 
Date: 26th September 2020(Saturday), 11.30 a m. 
Contact Nos: +91 82401 20349/ 98307 19327

Registration URL: https://bit.ly/33RwAef 

Mandatory Additional Requirement (MAR) is an integral part of different under-graduate (UG) curricula of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), WB for its in-house courses and also its affiliated colleges. As the University is aimed at all round development of the students, MAR has been introduced to encourage them to be involved in: Social and  Developmental Activities, Environmental Protection (like tree plantation), Skill Development, Online courses and undertaking Entrepreneurial Activities. Accordingly the students will choose activities of their choice/interest and earn Activity Points for MAR
      A minimum of 25 MAR activity points must be achieved in each academic year by every student for qualifying in MAR. 
   

    

Common Record sheet of Activities for Mandatory Additional Requirement applicable for all UG Programmes 

               
College Code and Name:
Course:
Student Name:
University Roll No:
Registration No:
Total number of Semesters:
Points Per activity

Max. Points Allowed
Points Earned
Sl No.
Activity
Sem1
Sem2
Sem3
Sem4
Sem5
Sem6
Sem7
Sem8
Sem9
Sem10
Total
1
MOOCS (SWAYAM/NPTEL/Spoken Tutorial/any technical, non-technical course)  (per course)


For 12 weeks duration/40 Hours
20


40











For 8 weeks duration/30 Hours
16











For 4 weeks duration/20 Hours
10











For 2 weeks duration/10 Hours
5











2
Tech Fest/Fest/Teachers Day/Fresher’s Welcome


Organizer
5
10











Participant
3
6











3
Rural Reporting
5
10











4
Tree Plantation and upkeeing (per tree)
1
10











5
Participation in Relief Camps


a)
Collection of fund/ materials for the Relief Camp
(the amount is not relevant)
5

40











b)
To be a part of the Relief Work Team
20











6
Participation in Debate/Group Discussion/ TechQuiz/Quiz/Workshop/Seminar/Painting/Music-Dance/any Performing Arts workshop
10
20











7
Contribution to Charitable Trusts/Institutions in any form

10
20











     8
Publication of Wall magazine in institutional level
(magazine/article/internet)


Editor
10
20











Writer
6
12











9
Publication in News Paper, Magazine & Blogs
10
20











10
Research Publication (per publication)
15
30











11
Innovative Projects (other than course curriculum)
30
60











12
Blood donation
8
16











Blood donation camp Organization
10
20











13

Participation in Sports/Games





a)
College level
5
10











b)
University Level
10
20











c)
District Level
12
24











d)
State Level
15
30











e)
National/International Level
20
20











14
Cultural Programme (Dance, Drama, Elocution, Music etc.)
10
20











15
Member of Professional Society
10
20











16
Student Chapter
10
20











17
Birla Industrial and Technological Museum Training and Projects Relevant Industry Visit & Report/Hotel-Event Management Training & Report (Minimum 3 days with submitted report)
10
20











18
Photography activities in different Club(Photography club, Cine
Club, Gitisansad)
5
10











19
Participation in Yoga Camp (Certificate to be submitted)
5
10











20
Community Service & Allied Activities like:
Caring for the Senior Citizens, Under-privileged/Street Children/ Animal Care etc.
10
20











21
Adventure Sports, including trekking,
 with Certification
10
20











22
Training to under privileged / Differently Abled
15
30











23
Self-Entrepreneurship Programme



a)
To organise entrepreneurship programmes and workshops
10
20











b)
To take part in entrepreneurship workshop and get certificate
5
10











c)
Video film making on entrepreneurship
10
20











d)
Submit business plan on any project
10
20











e)
To work for start-up/as entrepreneur
20
40



























                                 Total Points











Signature of College/Institute SPOC for MAR











*Please abide strictly to the Notes at the end of the Notice of MAKAUT,WB regarding Mandatory Additional Requirement for earning UG Degree
*Activity Points are to be uploaded in the given format in the specific MAR portal of the University, which will be notified.
*If any student performs activities outside the list enclosed, then he/she can do so with prior approval of the University.
                                                                                  
Single Point of Contact (SPOC) of MAKAUT for MAR
Rapti Ray

Mobile: 9433581801

For more information about the University please visit: https://www.makautwb.ac.in/