HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY
HINDUSTAN ORGANIC CHEMICALS LTD., KOCHI IS COMMITTED, SO FAR AS REASONABLY PRACTICAL, TO PROVIDE
A SAFE, HEALTHY AND ACCIDENT FREE WORKING ENVIRONMENT BY ADHERING TO SAFETY RULES AND REGULATIONS AND THROUGH THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF THE SAFETY ORGANISATION OF THE COMPANY.
ALL POSSIBLE PREVENTIVE STEPS, PRECAUTIONS AND PROTECTIVE MEASURES AGAINST ANY ANTICIPATED HAZARDS.
A RESPONSIBLE WORKFORCE, INCLUDING CONTRACT LABOURERS, COMMITTED TO SAFETY THROUGH TRAINING AND RETRAINING.
ALL SAFETY MEASURES IN THE OPERATING, MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES AND IN ALL PROCESS TECHNOLOGY CHANGES.
 



FIRE FIGHTING /PROTECTION FACILITIES
Fixed installations
Underground ring main wet pressurized fire hydrant system
Foam protection, sprinklers, automatic deluge systems
Fire hydrants, Monitors, aqua foam monitors, protectosprays, Escape hydrants

Mobile equipments
Fire tenders super jet trailer mounted aqua foam monitor units, Trailer mounted DCP units, Trailer mounted foam monitors, various types of fire extinguishers, Foam flooding units, Foam generation etc

Early warning systems
Hydrocarbon leak detection
Smoke detection
Thermal detection

Communication systems
Public Addressing systems
Wireless communications
Wired communications
Fire call points
Automatic alarm systems

Services Offered
In house training
Training, consultancy, Technical advices, Investigation, Design and installation of fire protection, fire fighting aids to external agencies on demand



ACTIONS REQUIRED DURING TRANSPORT EMERGENCIES

Action to be taken by public/Local authorities
Cordon off the area with a rope or tape
Keep people away from the leaking area
Do not touch the leaky material with bare hand. Use PVC gloves or plastic covers
Bund the area with sand, or available material to contain the leaked material going out
Care to be taken to prevent the leaked chemical reaching any nearby water source
Prohibit all types of open flame, smoking etc near the accident site.
Do not inhale the vapours – use wet cloth over face to avoid direct inhalation.
Dump sand/earth over the contained chemical to soak it
Do not tamper with the ill fated tanker
In case of a fire, keep away from the area and inform nearby police/Fire station without any delay..
Inform HOCL or contact the emergency telephone no. mentioned in the TREM card available in the Drivers cabin.
Give first aid to the victims if any, as mentioned in the TREMCARD.
Do not spread rumours and avoid creating panicy situation

Sl.No. NAME OF THE AWARD RANK YEAR
1. FACT MKK Nair Memorial Productivity  Award from Kerala State Productivity Council Second 1989-90
2. -Do- First 1990-91
3. -Do- Second 1991-92
4 -Do- First 1994-95
5 -Do- Second 1996-97
6 -Do- Second 1997-98
7 -Do- First 2000-01
8 Pollution Control Award from Kerala State Pollution Control Board First 1988
9 -Do- Second 1994
10 -Do- First 1996
11 -Do- Second 1997
12 Industrial Safety award from National Safety Council (Kerala Chapter) Second 1989
13 -Do- Second 1990
14 -Do- Second 1991
15 -Do- First 1993
16 -Do- First 1994
17 -Do- First 1995
18 -Do- First 1996
19 -Do- First 1997
20 -Do- First 1998
21 -Do- First 1999
22 -Do- First 2000
23 -Do- First 2001
24 -Do- First 2002
25 -Do- Second 2003
26 National Safety Award from Ministry of Labour, Government of India Runner Up 1994
27 -Do- Under Scheme III First 1996
28 -Do- Under Scheme IV First 1996
29 Industrial Excellence award from Institution of Engineers (I) Ltd. Second 1999
30 Yogyatha Praman Patra Award for the achievement in Safety Performance   1999
31 National Safety Award from Ministry of Labour, Govt. Of India, under Scheme  IV First 2003



Environmental

Water Pollution Control
Primary Treatment Section
The process effluents from phenol and hydrogen peroxide plants are treated in the primary treatment section (built in the main process plants) before it is let out for secondary treatment.

Secondary & Final Treatment section
The effluents from different plants are collected in equalisation tanks. The combined effluent is then treated by physical, chemical and biological methods.
The treated effluent conforming to Kerala State Pollution Control Board specification is discharged from the factory.
Critical parameters are monitored at each stage of the operation with on line instruments for the better operation control of the treatment facility.

Air Pollution Control Measures
A flare stack with continuous flare is taking care of any fugitive emission of gaseous vapours from the plant vents.
Floating roof system for benzene storage tanks to minimize the fugitive emissions
Chilled water condensers are provided for high volatile solvent storage tank vents
Chilled water scrubbings and carbon absorption system is installed for minimizing hydrocarbon emission through vents
Low sulphur content fuel is used to reduce SO2 emissions

Process Waste Management
Process wastes generated in our plant are collected, treated and disposed strictly complying with statutory requirement.

Monitoring System
Hydrocarbon detectors are provided at various locations of the plant to detect hydrocarbon leaks
Continuous monitoring analysers are installed to monitor CO and SO2 in the flue gas from stacks
Ambient air quality and stack emission are monitored at frequent intervals to closely monitor operating environment.

ISO 14001
HOC Kochi unit established and maintained the Environmental Management system since Nov. 1999. The unit has been certified for ISO 14001:1996, Environmental Management system by M/s Bureau Veritas Quality International.