National Safety Day 2023: Date, Theme, History, Objectives, Significance & More

National Safety Day 2023: National Safety Day is observed on 4 March and a one-week campaign is organized from 4 March known as National Safety Week Campaign focusing on the safety measures that need to be taken to reduce any kind of mishaps and accidents. What are the objectives behind celebrating National Safety Day, and how is it celebrated? Let us have a look!
National Safety Day
National Safety Day

National Safety Day 2023: National Safety Day/Safety Week Campaign focuses on the importance of reduction of the rate of industrial accidents and also focuses on the areas that have not yet been covered by any safety legislation. The campaign urges several organizations to participate in developing several activities as per their legal safety requirements. The campaign is mostly comprehensive, general, and flexible.

National Safety Day 2023: Theme

The theme for 2023 National Safety Day is ‘Our Aim – Zero Harm’. The purpose of the theme is to generate awareness of safety protocols, including road safety, workplace safety, and the safety of human health, as well as the environment.

National Safety Day 2023: History

The Ministry of Labour, Government of India set up the National Safety Council of India (NSC) on 4 March 1966. To develop and sustain the movement on SHE that is focusing on safety, Health, and the Environment at the national level. Basically, NSC is an autonomous body. Therefore, the foundation day of the National Safety Council was decided to observe as National Safety Day in 1972. It was also decided to celebrate it as National Safety Week (NSW) Campaign that will last for one week.

Let us tell you that in 1962 during the 22nd Labour Minister's Conference, a decision was taken at a conference focusing on 'Safety in factories'.

International Labour Day

About National Safety Council (NSC)

As mentioned above on 4 March 1966, the National Safety Council was established by the Ministry of Labour, Government of India (GOI) to sustain a voluntary movement on SHE at the national level. It is an apex non-profit making, the tripartite body that is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950.

Activities focusing on the objectives of NSC are performed including conducting specialized training courses, conferences, seminars, and workshops, conducting consultancy studies like safety audits, hazard evaluation, risk assessment, etc. Not only this several national and international conferences like XIII World Congress (1993) and APOSHO Conferences (1995 and 2016). It also implemented several prestigious projects that are organized by NSC. In the course of more than 50 years of service, it has built technical experts and competence to meet emerging challenges.

Safety Pledge


National Safety Day 2023: Objectives

- To spread Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) movement to various parts of the country.

- To ensure the participation of different industrial sectors at different levels.

- To promote a participative approach for the employees in SHE activities.

- To promote several developmental activities required for self-compliance and professional SHE management systems at workplaces.

- To cover voluntary SHE movement sectors.

- To motivate and remind employers, employees, and others of their responsibility in making the workplace safer.

Note: The above objectives highlight the overall goal of creating and strengthening SHE culture in the workplace and integrating it with the work culture.

National Safety Day 2023: Activities

At the national, state, and enterprise-level it organizes several activities.

At the National Level:

  • Seminars, discussions, public functions, and debates focusing on safety measures.

- On SHE issues, sports films are released.

- Proper coverage is also organized at Doordarshan's National Network and regional Kendra’s, All India Radio stations, and the national/regional press also provide coverage of the important activities and functions held during this week.

At the State Level

- In regional languages, several functions and events are organized focusing on safety measures at the state level.

- NSC displays banners, in various locations in the state and its capital and major cities citing the importance of National Safety Day/ Safety week, etc.

At the Enterprise Level

- Model of the Safety Pledge designed, developed, and distributed by the NSC.

- The unfurling of the NSD Flag.

- Safety competitions including essays, slogans, posters, housekeeping, safety performance, etc.

- Exhibitions

- Training Programmes/Workshops/Seminars, etc.

- Organising emergency drills

- Holding award functions

- Invite eminent guest speakers

Community Awareness Programmes, etc.

Therefore, National Safety Day is celebrated on 4 March to commemorate the foundation of the National Safety Council to raise awareness about safety measures to prevent mishaps and accidents due to lack of awareness.

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