Vedanta Lanjigarh participates in District Safety Mock Drill

25th January 2022

Lanjigarh, Kalahandi district; January 25th, 2022: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, participated in an Off-site Safety  Mock Drill for Kalahandi district, Odisha. Held at the Kalahandi University playground, Bhawanipatna, the mock drill saw Vedanta Lanjigarh’s emergency management team and district officials collaborate to assess the preparedness of stakeholders in dealing with unforeseen events or  exigencies in the district.

Vedanta Lanjigarh has always been committed to upholding the highest safety protocols, educating its employees, business partners and communities on practising a safety-first culture, and working with the government and stakeholders to bolster safety quotient in the areas where it operates. The company has also redoubled its efforts to enhance safety  preparedness and foster a culture of ‘safety first’ amongst its  employees and business partners, including imparting refresher courses in safety policies and available certifications.

Testimony to the Mock Drill, Mr. GG Pal, Dy. CEO – Alumina Business, Vedanta Ltd said, “This Offsite Safety Mock Drill initiated by the Additional District Magistrate, Kalahandi has been a great experience witnessed by all the officials and other organisations who witnessed this session. As a safety-focussed organisation we see such collaborations between industry and district administration instrumental to share best practices and use learnings to improve the safety-quotient in the area. We were a 13-member team led by Mr. Harshvardhan Pande – Head HSE&S, Vedanta Ltd. Lanjigarh, who had participated in this event.”

Acknowledging Vedanta’s efforts, Mr. Deepak Agarwal, General Manager, District Industries Centre said, “The preparedness of a unit in case of an emergency is a demonstration of how evolved its safety culture. It is essential to consider safety as a priority while carrying out the operations, and Vedanta Lanjigarh, through its regular safety drills and its best practices, has proven that safety is extremely important for them.

The company has put in place necessary safety protocols to ensure the well-being of its employees like:

  • Implementation of 10-point safety action such as Annual Safety Calendar, AAINAA (Advance Action in Industries to Abate Accidents), Safety buddy, Safety Gathering, Safety Mobile App, Safety Touch, Safety Hot spot, Use of Technology, Safety performance by contractors and frequent mock drills to mitigate risks
  • Right person right job, right and fit tools used in the workplace.
  • Senior management walkdown conducted frequently to constantly improve the safety standard of the workplace.

Vedanta Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium, producing half of India’s aluminium i.e., 1.97 million tonnes in FY21. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. The company operates a 2 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity alumina refinery in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district, Odisha), India since 2007 and an associated 90 MW captive power plant.  With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

About Vedanta Limited:

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa and Namibia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector. Vedanta is committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner and has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net zero operations. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, Golden Peacock Award for excellence in Corporate Governance 2022 and certified as a Great Place to Work 2022. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.27 million tonnes in FY22. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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