The ever increasing mechanization, modernization and sophistication of industries have made jobs in that sector more and more complex and intricate. This has led to increased dangers to human life through accidents and injuries. The most common injuries occurring in automotive workshops are on account of driving in the workshop, poor housekeeping, electrical works and working on machines. Many accidents are also caused from handling heavy or awkward objects, heavy lifting work and prolonged work in improper postures.

The nature of work makes the workers in the automotive industry prone to accidents, injuries and even fatalities. Some of these injuries are obvious, like vehicle falling from hoists or jacks, being hit by a passing vehicle during roadside work or tyres exploding during inflation, while others are less obvious, such as constant exposure to inhaling asbestos fibres or fumes from solvents or automotive paints.

Accidents and injuries not only cause pain and grief to family members but also loss of man days and in turn loss of productivity to the organization and loss of income to the concerned family. Thus, the concept of safety, broadly termed as Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), is a matter of concern for all organizations.

In view of the continued focus on Safety by both partners Tata Motors Ltd. and Castrol India Ltd., towards enhancing safety skills and developing of a safety culture among the Tata Motors Dealerships and Authorized Service Stations, ICECD has implemented as partner organization the Minimum Mandatory Standards programme at the Tata Motors dealer workshops and Authorized Service Stations through a series of one day awareness programmes – JAGRUTI-EKJUT.

This is a precursor to more elaborate training programmes to achieve the objective of enhancing safety skills and developing a safety culture.

Covering 2,000 dealers and authorized workshops of Tata Motors across India this Safety awareness programs inculcates in the participants much higher awareness of safety measures and makes them better motivated to implement the planned actions at their respective workshops.