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Dear sir, Our industry is located in Karnataka. The on-site emergency plan mentions a mock drill to be conducted once every six months. Today, the auditor says the mock drill should be conducted once every three months. Our industry is a Hazardous industry.

Please guide me on this. And if it's 3 months, please share a rules copy to clarify

Mahesh B M

From India, Bengaluru

Hi Mahesh,

In industries classified as hazardous, safety regulations and standards are often more stringent to mitigate risks and ensure the safety of workers and the surrounding community. In India, the guidelines and requirements for conducting mock drills in hazardous industries are typically governed by regulations such as the Factories Act, 1948, and the guidelines provided by the Directorate General, Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), among others.

Legal Requirements and Best Practices
Factories Act, 1948:

This Act mandates that every factory should take adequate measures for the safety of workers and conduct periodic safety drills and training. However, specific frequencies for mock drills are not detailed in the Act itself.
Chemical Accidents (Emergency Planning, Preparedness, and Response) Rules, 1996:

These rules emphasize the need for emergency planning and response in industries handling hazardous chemicals. According to these rules, mock drills should be conducted regularly, though the exact frequency can vary.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Guidelines:

NDMA guidelines for chemical disasters recommend regular mock drills. For major accident hazard units, a frequency of at least once every three months is suggested.
DGFASLI Recommendations:

The Directorate General, Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes also recommends that hazardous industries conduct mock drills at least once every three months to ensure preparedness and effective emergency response.
Compliance and Best Practice Implementation
Given the auditor's recommendation to conduct mock drills every three months, it is likely based on best practices and the regulatory emphasis on ensuring high safety standards in hazardous industries. Here are some steps your industry can take to align with this recommendation:

Update the On-site Emergency Plan:

Revise the emergency plan to reflect the new frequency of mock drills. Ensure all stakeholders are informed and understand the new schedule.

Maintain detailed records of all mock drills conducted, including dates, participants, scenarios tested, and lessons learned.

Provide additional training to employees to prepare them for more frequent drills and to reinforce emergency procedures and safety protocols.
Coordination with Authorities:

Regularly communicate with local emergency services and regulatory bodies to ensure that mock drills meet legal requirements and to gain insights from their expertise.
Continuous Improvement:

Use each mock drill as an opportunity to identify weaknesses in the emergency response plan and make necessary improvements.
By conducting mock drills every three months, your industry can enhance its preparedness for emergencies, reduce risks, and ensure compliance with both regulatory expectations and best practices in safety management for hazardous industries.


From India, Bangalore
Dear sir Thanks for your valuable information.
From India, Bengaluru
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