295 Developing occupational health beyond compliance

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Abstract

Introduction

Monitoring and development of occupational health in a large multinational conglomerate is always a demanding task in view of challenges like diverse nature of manufacturing processes, multiple geographies and its legal structure, diverse social and cultural background, different level of awareness etc. Aditya Birla group is 41 billion USD conglomerate having footprint in 12 different businesses across more than 34 countries. Driving occupational health with standardisation of practices across such a large organisation warrants unique approach and intervention.

Methods

At Aditya Birla Group, Occupational health has been adopted as fundamental element of overall inclusive approach for sustainable business practices. The framework is created incorporating international standards beyond local legal requirements applicable to all businesses/geographies and self-assessment process has been adopted to identify current status and gaps. This has in turn resulted in roadmap to bridge these gaps.

Result

Over 90 different sites of the group have completed self-assessment questionnaire (SAQs), current status and gaps were identified to work up on. Awareness on required aspects of occupational health has been provided based on gaps identified and best practices within the groups were shared. This has resulted into overall improvement of occupational health status across the group which is measurable in terms of self-assessment score.

Discussion

Management of occupational health across geographies at multiple sites is always a challenge. A focused and unique approach of self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) along with gap identification has been found very useful to monitor and support development of occupational health status across large organisation while keeping ownership with local management.

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