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Railways encourages voluntary disclosures of safety hazards
MALIGAON, Feb 13: As per the directive of the railway minister, all out efforts are being undertaken by the railways to ensure safety in rail operations.
As part of the initiative, the ministry of railways has developed a web-based platform called, ‘Safety Information Management System SIMS)’, to further emphasize the need for safety first culture, informed NFR chief public relations officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma.
As a part of the initiative staff are being encouraged as well as rewarded for voluntary disclosure of any unsafe practices/occurrences, he said.
For voluntary reporting the required confidentiality is maintained so as to encourage employees to voluntary report safety hazard, safety risks, potential hazardous conditions, unsafe practices, and inadvertent errors. There is also provision to upload images or a document while reporting safety hazards, Sharma said.
In the SIMS home page, a hyperlink is available under “Voluntary Safety Reporting” through which an employee can report any unsafe practices/occurrences either in the form of a confidential report or anonymous report. In both cases on submitting the hazard information, system will automatically generate a unique 13 digit hazard id and the status of the action taken report can also be viewed by the hazard reporting employee through the hyperlink hazard status.
Sharma informed that chief safety officers of each zonal railways will act as a nodal officer of the system, who will forward the same to the concerned department, division or railway board for prompt and necessary action.