There will be new legislation on safety and rules will be modified, he said.
Khan said this at the Inaugural Session of the two-day Safety Symposium and Exposition organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Eastern Region in Kolkata.
He said under the leadership of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee the state Government is trying its best to overhaul the system and create a safety-conscious state.
He urged CII to submit a copy of the suggestions made and resolutions taken during the Symposium and Exposition to the State Government.
"This will help us devise ways to how we take important lessons from man-made disasters and make amends. Let the State government and industries share their best practices for greater safety and better health," Khan said.
He also called upon CII Eastern Region to give inputs and recommendations on its planned amendment to the existing legislation and modification of rules and regulations.
"Our government is young and industry-friendly and our resources are limited. But we are working very hard to create whole new culture in safety and disaster management," he said. "We are resolute to put the memories of the AMRI Hospital fire that had claimed 92 lives behind," he added.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank CII for joining hands with the efforts of our Hon'ble Chief Minister in spreading safety awareness to all types of industry. In the ongoing Synergy MSME 2013, CII is conducting daily Industrial Safety Courses for the micro, small and medium industries and also propagating the necessity of safety measures in industry through various promotional in Synergy MSME 2013," Khan said.
In his Keynote Address, Rahul Guha, Director General, Directorate General of Mines Safety, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, said an influential industry body like CII can play an important role in ensuring that safety parameters are followed and the standards maintained.
"Industries, the government and good NGOs must come together," he said.
"Laws and regulations are already there. Now, we need to fine-tune. In my view, safety initiatives must be driven from the top. There must be adequate legislative back-up, too," said Guha.
"There must be heightened activity. The focus should be on safe production, safe work methods, and a set of trained and competent people. I also favour safety being introduced as a subject in the curriculum. That will go a long way in making a safety-conscious nation," said Guha.
He also called for both generic investigation models and modern accident investigation techniques.
"A course on accident investigation may help and CII could help build a curriculum," Guha said.
In his welcome address, Sudhir Deoras, Chairman, CII Eastern Region and Managing Director, TRF Ltd, said, "Sustainability is a topic that continues to gain the attention of the modern business leaders, stakeholders and the larger society. Business needs to be robust enough to meet the present need and the emerging future challenges related to different stakeholders. Safety of people, processes and property or machinery are becoming more and more important for the sustainability of organisations across the globe."
O B Krishna, Chairman, Safety Task Force, CII Eastern Region, and Chief - Corporate Safety, Tata Steel Limited, said safety is a sound investment for sustainability.
"Reap gains with good safety. Good safety is good business," he said.
He also listed CII's initiatives such as SHE (safety, health and environment) Awards, playing Safety Advisory Role, laying down Safety Guiding Principles, creating CII Task Force to Doorsteps, CII-JU Course on Safety Management, CII-BESU R and D on Health Monitoring System and Safety and Symposiums.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between CII and IIT Kharagpur for Joint Certification Course on "Workplace Stress Management", on Thursday.
In a Special Address, A Basak, Dean, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, underscored the need for a culture of caution and circumspection.
"It must be everywhere and apply to all. It is safety that makes an organisation healthy and sustainable," he said.
"Nothing is 100 pc preventable or risk free. But we must on our guard that the risk is minimal. Industries must be on constant alert mode, and act accordingly," he said.
A report on "Workplace Fire Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness Plan" was unveiled during the Inaugural Session.
--IBNS (Posted on 19-09-2013)