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Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Policy -Ranbaxy

By: Pharma Jobs | Views: 3438 | Date: 13-Nov-2012

Care for the Environment is a core corporate value and as a part of this commitment, the company enunciated its Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) policy in 1993. The company’s EHS policy provides for the creation of a safe and healthy workplace and a clean environment for employees and the community. It aims at higher international standards in plant design, equipment selection, maintenance and operations. The policy seeks to manufacture products safely and in an environmentally responsible manner.


Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) -Ranbaxy

Environment Health & Safety EHS



EHS Profile 


Care for the Environment is a core corporate value and as a part of this commitment, the company enunciated its Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) policy in 1993. The company’s EHS policy provides for the creation of a safe and healthy workplace and a clean environment for employees and the community. It aims at higher international standards in plant design, equipment selection, maintenance and operations. The policy seeks to manufacture products safely and in an environmentally responsible manner.

The implementation of the EHS Policy is ensured by institutionalising a robust EHS Management System, adequately supported by well defined organisational structure.

As a part of EHS processes at the corporate level, besides laying down guidelines on systems, policy and training, the corporate EHS office monitors compliance, maintains and disseminates information on laws and regulations. EHS performance review meetings are held on regular basis to monitor the progress against agreed EHS improvement plans. Close cooperation between all units and individuals is the key to maintaining high standards of environment protection and safety in all the plants.

The key processes at location level comprise of regular safety surveillance, inspections & audits, Permit to work system for operational / maintenance safety, Fire prevention & protection activities, operation of the ETP/Incinerator, disposal activities related to hazardous wastes, regular monitoring of the environment internally and also through approved laboratories. Monthly reports address EHS initiatives, compliance & various records under the statutory requirement, training of employees including contract employees on EHS awareness, interaction with the residential associations/nearby community etc., celebration of National safety day, fire day, Environment day etc. for EHS awareness among employees.

Ranbaxy has made significant improvements in process safety of the existing manufacturing facilities by providing extensive instrumented safety protection systems. The intended safety features are incorporated in the basic design of the new projects.

Investments have been made on process improvements as well as effluent treatment plant up-gradation using the latest membrane based technology, multi-effect thermal evaporation system and state-of-the-art Incinerator. These investments have helped to reduce discharges of contaminants into the environment. With the facilities installed at Toansa for recycling of the treated effluent, the site has achieved the status of “zero discharge site”.

The company also engages with the concerned authorities and industry in devising responsible laws, regulations and standards and thus making safety, occupational health & environmental information and expertise available to its employees and the community at large. Ranbaxy has made EHS concerns and practices a necessary factor in appraising its employee performance.

The company accords a very high priority to hygiene monitoring at work place and health assessment of all employees at site. The plant and processes are continuously upgraded to improve hygiene and health standards. Necessary training is imparted to the employees to enhance their awareness towards health related matters.

Safety knowledge of the employees is constantly updated through various external and in-house training programs, including special training programs by overseas experts & consultants.


Environment, Health and Safety

Ranbaxy is fully committed to achieve EHS excellence and conduct its activities in the most responsible manner. Over the years, the importance of EHS has been stressed and extensively promoted as a corporate culture within the company. It is also clearly reflected and well defined into Ranbaxy’s value statements of “Managing our operations with high concern for safety and environment” and “Be a responsible corporate citizen”.

Thinking and working responsibly so that the employees, the community at large, and the environment including the natural resources, are protected leaving minimal environmental footprints, is integral to Ranbaxy’s EHS philosophy. On the road to EHS excellence, Ranbaxy has adopted a top down approach and embraced the principles and codes of best EHS practices into its redefined world class EHS Management System.

Our inherent belief that all workplace illnesses and injuries are preventable has been the driving force in keeping our manufacturing sites, R&D and Corporate Office safe. The company takes numerous initiatives to enhance workplace safety including extensive safety training programs, both by internal as well as external specialists, at all manufacturing sites on a regular basis. Ranbaxy's abiding concern for society extends beyond its business. We remain committed to the communities we serve and amongst whom, we operate, with the desire to bring about long term well being.

EHS Policy 

Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Policy
  1. The Company being a good corporate citizen assumes its business and ethical responsibility to create a safe & healthy workplace for its employees and a clean environment for its employees as well as surrounding community.
  2. Consistent with its global operations in pharmaceutical business, the company shall continually strive to adopt higher international standards in plant design, equipment selection, operation and maintenance, and Environment, Health and Safety.
  3. The Company as a matter of corporate philosophy and policy is committed to developing, manufacturing, transporting, storing, using and disposing of products safely and in an environmentally responsible manner with due consideration for occupational health and safety for its employees, contractors and others who may be involved and/or affected by its operations.
  4. The Company shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations pertaining to its operations in every country where it operates.
  5. The Company shall encourage and promote waste minimization, energy efficiency and resource conservation thereby supporting sustainable development.
  6. The Company shall participate with Government, industry and others concerned in creating responsible laws, regulations and standards to safeguard the community, workplace and environment.
  7. It is the Company policy that the safety and health of the surrounding community at each of its operating sites is accorded high importance and ensure that any adverse environmental impact is minimized.
  8. The Company firmly believes that the adherence to the policy is an integral part of the organizational culture, and all employees are responsible and accountable individually as well as collectively towards the same.
  9. The Company shall make environmental, occupational health & safety information / expertise available to its employees, contractors, regulatory agencies and all other stakeholders.
  10. The Company shall make environmental, health, safety considerations a priority in the planning for new projects, products, and processes, and upgrading of existing products and processes.
  11. The Corporate EHS Department of the company shall organize to periodically audit environmental, occupational health and safety systems of all its operations against progressive international benchmarking.
  12. The environment, health & safety practices and performance shall be an essential factor in appraising an employee performance.
  13. The Company shall provide required resources for the implementation and monitoring of this policy.
  14. The company shall encourage employees to adhere to the Policy by imbibing this as an inherent part of their work culture and provide support through training, workshops etc.
  15. Each site and department shall have this Policy prominently displayed so as to bring it to the attention of all.
  16. The policy shall be reviewed periodically and revised appropriately.

EHS Guiding Principles 

The EHS Management System is developed on the framework of six Guiding Principles.

Management of EHS Improvements,
  (comprising of 6 Corporate EHS Standards and 16 Corporate EHS Guidelines).
Process and Equipment EHS,
  (comprising of 3 Corporate EHS Standards and 16 Corporate EHS Guidelines).
Employee/ Contractor Occupational Health and Safety,
  (comprising of 2 Corporate EHS Standards and 11 Corporate EHS Guidelines).
Pollution Prevention,
  (comprising of 3 Corporate EHS Standards and 5 Corporate EHS Guidelines).
Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER),
  (comprising of 2 Corporate EHS Standards and 3 Corporate EHS Guidelines).
Product Stewardship,
  (comprising of 2 Corporate EHS Standards and 3 Corporate EHS Guidelines).


EHS Certifications

Ranbaxy has been progressively establishing ISO14001:2004 compliant Environmental Management System and OHSAS18001:2007 compliant Occupational Health and Safety Management System at its key manufacturing sites and obtaining certifications.

Certification Certified Site Certified since
ISO 14001:2004 API sites Toansa, Mohali June 2007
Dewas August 2009
Malanpur November 2010
DF sites Dewas August 2009
OHSAS 18001:2007 API sites Toansa January 2010
Dewas March 2011
Awards and Achievements 

National Award for ‘Excellence in Water Management’ from CII as an ‘Excellent Water Efficient Unit’ – for Toansa plant in year 2005.
National Award for ‘Excellence in Water Management’ from CII as ‘Most Useful Presentation’ – for Toansa plant in the year 2005.
National Award for ‘Excellence in Energy Management’ from CII as an ‘Excellent Energy Efficient Unit’ – for Toansa plant in the year 2004.
Kirt Shiromani Award for ‘Best Safety Suggestion’ by employees, from Government of Punjab – for Mohali plant in the years 2004 and 2003.
‘Greentech Environment Excellence Silver Award’ from Greentech Foundation – for Toansa plant in the year 2003.
National Award for ‘Outstanding Performance in Industrial Safety’ as Runner-Up in achieving ‘Lowest Average Frequency Rate’ – for Toansa plant in the year 2003
ShramVeer Award for Best suggestion regarding safety improvement, from Ministry of Labour, Government of India – for Mohali plant in the year 2003.
National Award for ‘Excellence in Energy Management’ from CII as an Excellent Energy Efficient Unit – for Toansa plant in the year 2002.
National Safety Award for 2nd position for ‘Lowest Frequency Rate of Accidents’ – for Mohali plant in the year 2002.
National Safety Award for 1st position for ‘Accident Free Period’ – for Mohali plant in the year 2002.
Merit Certificate for Largest Reduction in Frequency Rate of Accidents in Chemical Industry (More than 5 Lakh man-hours category) from Government of Punjab – for Mohali plant in the year 2002.


Environmental Data (Self Monitoring)

2012

July–September 2012 Paonta Sahib
April–June 2012 Paonta Sahib
January–March 2012 Paonta Sahib

2011

July–December 2011 Paonta Sahib
May-June 2011 Paonta Sahib
March-April 2011 Paonta Sahib
January–February 2011 – Paonta Sahib

2010

November-December 2010 – Paonta Sahib
Quarter 3-4 - Toansa
October 2010 - Paonta Sahib
September 2010 - Paonta Sahib
August 2010 - Paonta Sahib
July 2010 - Paonta Sahib
Quarter 2 - Paonta Sahib
Quarter 1 - Paonta Sahib


Contacts (EHS)
 Mr. Harish Verma
General Manager - EHS
Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited
A-41 Industrial Area, Phase 3
S.A.S Nagar, Mohali, Punjab -160055, India
Email: harish.verma@ranbaxy.com

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