OSHAI Conclave,Prateek Sharma


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I got an invite to be one of the panel member for the one day OSHAI Conclave at Bangalore, yesterday, Friday the 13th!. I was asked to be member on the session on, How does Innovative HSE technology help in Improving HSE performance” The session gave me a chance to catch up with few senior corporate safety folks (Gujarat, Bombay) after good 10 years or so and it was great to connect back and live through old times of 90s !!!! 

Agenda:- A flavor of key events. (Another matter,agenda as happened was far different to as printed,as the organisers waited for a government minister to turn up to present few awards, he never turned up,(As norm) so at some point fillers to make up time,can’t be stretched and things go topsy-turvy) 

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Being a localite, I attended the whole event. The program started with the case study and group discussions (10 groups of 10 each!!) on Fatal accident with legal consequences with debate as to whether the occupier is guilty or not in a construction project as an expansion of an existing factory in an adjacent site! It was very surprising that 90% folks, felt occupier was guilty.  I and a couple of other folks were the only one arguing that the information provided was not complete as well as legal connotation of occupier vs as mentioned in the case is absurd. Anyway……..

Our session, which was planned for 245pm started at last at 430pm, ( After I gently reminded the organiser that our session yet to be held, already, 90 min late and they were moving to other events like games, team work and with no time left possibly). The discussions went well which was moderated by P. Murali, VP-EHS, Clariant India who had invited me to be the panel Member.

My summary of thoughts, as I keyed to Evernote to present was as follows:- I couldn’t touch up on all of them as we were badly late on schedule. Of course, fellow panelists (4 of them, had captured few of my thoughts through applications that they use in their entities so purpose served,I can say.  I was the 5th panel member to share my thoughts of the five!) 

  1. Forget MS-EXCEL, It should be in grave !!!! 
  2. Internet of things
  3. Wearable Technology
  4. Data Analysis crunch, trend analysis spot the outlier, or pattern that is not so visible…… Data visibility with software
  5. Industrial Hygiene methods improved for saving health.
  6. Online Auto Training Module for direct engagement at one’s convinience to learn.
  7. Machine Learning, Image Recognition, QR Code work for innovative Ergonomics assessment, One company- one standard to assess work space thro virtual server and standards using self assessment tools such as Sharepoint, Audit verification tools to help teams prepare better for audits and catch people doing right. 
  8. Remote area access to information to people thro Podcasts, video
  9. RFID—> Coded specifics to segregate specifics ( Haz waste, dangerous good) speeds up as well as safe handling 
  10. Web presence to reach out critical messages (Weather, storm etc)
  11. Virtual Reality to see what if—-> rather than waiting for incidents to happen 3D Modelling etc. 
  12. Auditing norms getting standard without human bias which help consitency (Verification tools aid rating so no human bias) 
  13. Risk assessment tools to assess risks in real time, thanks to technology. Duplication of same work avoided leading to prodcutivity.
  14. Drones used for spatial mapping of 1/4 Million Acre site Remediation for processing plant, all aspects, 3 weeks job done in 1 day.

6 technological trends leaders / organisation shall focus/embrace in their digital transformation strategies in 2018 and beyond are:

  1. Mobile apps for audits, incidents and observations and analytics to see trends, outliers thus predict next situation /incident
  2. Enhancing EHS software user experience for people to get feel what is in it for them thro PULL technology rather than push. 
  3. Drones for site inspection and capture issues linkage to Google earth software or such. 
  4. Virtual reality safety training folks get the feel as well as consequences of deviations 
  5. Digital safety vests 
  6. Fatigue monitors for drivers to keep them safe!! 


I was very excited to meet start up entrepreneur, Prateek Sharma, an IIT graduate, who mesmerised the startup panel session discussing about his nostril dust mask, that filters 2.5 respirable size dust particles (far dangerous) that accumulate in lungs and cause havoc. VIDEO. Prateek runs a company called “Nanoclean Global pvt ltd”  The Nasofilter as it is called has won him and his entity, the President of India National Award 2017. In fact the 4 members of start up panel session had some very innovative ideas linked to software, technology. Prateek surprised us with the information that cities like Bhopal are worst polluters for their size scale and they never get the attention! As well as Indoor air is no different in polluted cities. He has  now come up with “Nano curtain “that can filter and provided better quality  indoor air! This gives message desperate situation calls for desparate measures.

Prateek Sharma (R)
As I was sitting in the event, tragic news came of 2 more Industrial fatal accidents of gas leaks in confied space that had claimed 9 lives (3 in Anthem Biosciences, Bangalore, 6 in Gerdau (Brazil firm) steel industries, near Hyderabad) makes me wonder, when the organisation will ever learn? Perhaps never??
Take it easy, take care, stay safe, god bless





Author: Karthik B; Orion Transcenders. Bangalore.

Lives in Bangalore. HESS Professional of 30+ yrs experience. Global Exposure in 4 continents of over 22 years in implementation of Health, Environment, Safety, Sustainability. First batch of Environmental Engineers from 1985 Batch. Qualified for implementing Lean, 6Sigma, HR best practices integrating them in to HESS as value add to business.

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