UPL Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) policy has been adopted by its Directors and applies to all Group employees.
- The Management at UPL is committed to safeguard Safety, Health & Environment for all by minimizing the adverse effects arising out of industrial chemical and agrochemical manufacture as well as marketing these products from one location to another.
- Necessary standards for Safety and Environmental Performance & Statutory Compliance shall be ensured through proactive steps during all operations including pollution control.
- The company shall make arrangements for employee information, education, training and re-training related to health, safety and environment objectives at different levels - for interested parties and the general public, whenever required.
- We are committed to continuous HSE improvement through risk assessments, waste minimization and optimum resource use through:
(a) Source reduction and/or
(b) Recovery and recycle/reuse, and/or
(c) Suitable treatment for any hazardous / toxic waste arising out of operations
The company shall prioritise the HSE aspect in all its decision-making, including the purchase of plant, equipment, machinery, materials and monitoring individual HSE performance in their career advancement.
- Monitor the health of all employees through pre-employment and periodical medical examinations.
- All unit Heads review operations comprising the identification of significant environment aspects, prepare and monitor relevant HSE objectives and annual targets.
- The HSE policy objectives and performance shall be reviewed periodically and communicated to all employees, people and interested parties.
Chemical and industrial disasters at manufacturing plants are not inevitable. At UPL, we emphasize ‘zero tolerance’ as an ongoing standard in disaster prevention. However, human errors, operational dimensions and the availability of relevant information during various disaster management phases have emerged as critical concern areas as well. Starting with manufacturing plants, prudent decisions comprising site selection, public participation in clearance, industrial layout planning, disaster mitigation, and on-site and off-site emergency co-ordination strengthen our comprehensive disaster management framework at the local and district levels.
UPL Occupational Health Centre conducts pre-employment and periodic medical examinations as well as other routine preventive services.
Our safety team conducts safety awareness programs with the objective to achieve positive change, continuous improvement in workplace safety practices and behavioral transformation.
UPL’s safety team engages in frequent training demonstrations in the area of disaster preparedness for other industries during National Safety Day celebrations and seminars conducted by the Office of Factory Inspectorates.
UPL conducts Safety Capsule Training for all employees at its Nahuli Farm House, where employees engage in a five-day outdoor industrial safety camp.
Training of all employees (company and contract) is conducted by the Safety Department covering safety topics and material handling.
Besides employees, transport drivers and cleaners, who visit UPL sites to load products, are trained in safety measures prior to their site entry.
On-site employee safety is addressed not just by the individual but also by other employees. The company entered into mutual aid collaboration with a number of proximately-based companies, improving overall emergency preparedness based on public-private relationships.
UPL formed an Emergency Response Team to address hazardous situations, natural calamities and untoward incidents. The team dealt with toxic gas leakages, chemical spills, fire disasters and chemical explosions at Vapi, Ankleshwar and different locations. UPL’s ERT engaged in rescue operations during the Andhra Pradesh floods.
UPL was instrumental in establishing and managing the Rotary Hospital at Vapi, now considered as one of the best South Gujarat hospitals. Mrs. Sandra Shroff, Vice Chairman, has been the President of the National Association of Burn Injuries in India for over a decade. The National Burns Centre (NBC) at Airoli, near Mumbai is a 50-bed public charitable hospital and the only one of its kind in Navi Mumbai.
Our healthcare initiatives have not been restricted to building and managing hospitals. We have promoted scores of rural health check camps, provided medicines and mobilized doctors to extend the benefits of these camps to the doorsteps of beneficiaries.
In the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) township in Vapi, we spearheaded a mosquito eradication initiative through insecticide spraying.
We supported the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Rural Trust for its selfless engagement with adivasis (tribals) through healthcare, education and basic housing support around Ankleshwar and Jhagadia in Gujarat.
At UPL, we comply beyond environmental regulations, setting new standards in natural resource conservation, efficient water management and solid waste management. Through this commitment, we have consistently demonstrated that we care deeply for Planet Earth.
We planted trees proximate to our plants at Vapi and Ankleshwar through the UPL Greening Initiative model.
Our Ankleshwar, Halol, Jhagadia and Vapi sites were certified with ‘Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS 18001)’ certification in October 2003.
We are presently engaged in adopting the Integrated Management System encompassing the requirements of ISO 9000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 across all our manufacturing facilities.
Responsible Care is a global, voluntary initiative developed autonomously by the chemical industry for the benefit of the chemical industry. This initiative runs across 52 countries accounting for nearly 90% of the global chemical production. UPL voluntarily adopted the practice codes of the Responsible Care (RC) initiative accepted by Indian Chemical Manufacturers’ Association and implemented the ISO - 14000 (Environmental Management System), demonstrating our commitment towards continuous HSE performance improvement.
- HSE Issues are always given high priority at UPL.
- A committee of HSE Officers has to monitor Health, Safety and Environment standards and practices.
- This is to ensure that our HSE management systems are world class and we achieve zero incidences at the work place. We realise that as a world leader in manufacturing, we need to put safety & Environmental systems in place.
- We partnered with Dupont, Syngenta to evaluate HSE management systems across all manufacturing sites. This exercise was spread over three months and the evaluation study has opened up new avenues for improvement.
- Our aim is to graduate from the present dependent HSE culture to an interdependent culture.
- An inter-site benchmarking is done regularly to encourage healthy competition between sites.