‘India Demands Safety Standards’ is a multi-pronged initiative that showcases the importance of safety standards across various verticals. Behind the campaign are Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety science organization, and CNN-News18, a leading English news channel in India.
The campaign aims to raise consumer awareness on the advantages of using safety-compliant products, devices and technologies – vis-à-vis non-certified alternatives across varied categories, such as consumer products, electronic devices, chemicals, medical devices and infrastructure.
The first chapter of ‘India Demands Safety Standards’ will revolve around the Healthcare sector. The healthcare and medical devices industry accounts for as much as $200 billion globally. India is one of the top 20 markets for such devices in world. Yet, it is plagued by poor standards and a feeble regulatory framework. That allows substandard medical devices to enter the market and affect patient safety.
The episode throws light on safety regulations and standardization of medical devices and equipment. The healthcare industry must follow the regulations to ensure proper patient care and safety of the medical community using the devices.
With rapid urbanization, Indian cities are undertaking construction at a frantic pace to accommodate new inhabitants. An explosive boom in the infrastructure industry is anticipated and it will require construction of close to 700-900 million square meters of residential and commercial space per year. Setting safety standards for new construction efforts, as well as older ones, is therefore vital. Growing awareness on building safety is urging corporates to make safety and social responsibility integral to their corporate guidelines.
The second chapter of ‘India Demands Safety Standards’ will focus on the Infrastructure sector, throwing light on safe construction practices for both, commercial and residential buildings. The episode on safer infrastructure will delve into myriad issues ranging from legal requirements of building construction to the human and economic cost of noncompliance with infrastructural safety standards.
Technology has radically changed nearly every human experience in an incredibly short time. ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is predicted to be the next big threshold of innovation and is poised to cause maximum disruption. Much like the internet did, it will open a sea of opportunities over the next five years. Nevertheless, technology can be a double-edged sword. Do we really understand how safe the internet really is? By participating, are we risking our own critical information?
To seek answers to these questions, the third chapter of ‘India Demands Safety Standards’ will focus on the Technology sector, throwing light on safe and secure practices in cyber security, risk, information security, data safety, etc. The emphasis will be on the sector’s drive to achieve both, safety and security. This initiative will recommend the best code of practice for India and seek to improve internet security, ensuring enhanced safety for the entire ecosystem.
India’s plunge into liberalization, privatization and globalization has made it a coveted market for consumer goods. Today’s consumers understand the significance of quality and safety. For them, it is not just about the final product anymore. They are equally concerned about how manufacturing and distribution processes will affect sustainable living. High consumer expectations, coupled with initiatives like ‘Make in India: Zero Defect, Zero Effect’, has led to a growing need for superior quality and safety. Achieving that will ultimately help gain global market access and popular goodwill.
The fourth chapter of ‘India Demands Safety Standards’ will focus on consumer products. It will talk about safe and secure practices in manufacturing and distribution of consumer products, covering a wide range of articles – toys, chemicals, cosmetics and electronics & electrical goods. This chapter revolves around the need to create awareness on the use of safer consumer products.
Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare,Government of India
Chairman & Managing Director, Medanta
Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute
Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited (AHEL)
Joint Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
VP & GM,
Health Sciences, UL
Vice President and Managing Director, UL South Asia
Director, Sales and Marketing, UL South Asia
Vice President, Public Safety Mission, UL
President, Consumer Business Unit, UL
Global Head of Chemistry, UL Environment