Sunday 9 September 2012

Safety Audits Conducted by Railways

Two types of safety audits are being conducted by Railways regularly, i.e. one by individual railway of its own divisions once in two months period and another inter railway safety audit which is conducted twice a year i.e. from January to June and July to December. Safety Audit is conducted by a team of five Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level officers of Civil, Mechanical, Signal, Electrical and Safety departments. The teams carry out audit/inspection and focus on pinpointing deficiencies found in the system including ancillary activities.
Staff training, material supply, availability of funds, system failures, defective policies/rules etc. Zonal Railways submit their Reports/Action taken reports to the Ministry of Railways. These reports are analyzed by the Railway Board which gives them further necessary instructions as and when necessary.
Indian Railways have adopted safety standards which are comparable to global norms. All the trains are being provided with fire extinguishers in SLRs (Guard cum brakevan) and in locomotive for attending fire emergencies. Besides, all AC coaches and pantry cars in trains are also provided with fire extinguishers. Doors and emergency windows in functional condition are provided in all the trains. Vestibules serve as exit route to adjacent coaches. 
Regular inspections are carried out for all safety equipment. It is ensured that all fire extinguishers are refilled at their due time. Regular exercise is carried out to check the knowledge of staff to operate the fire fighting equipment by the individual department. Indian Railways have adopted fire retardant interior finishing material including wall paneling, flooring, roof-paneling to minimize the risk of fire accidents. 
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri Bharatsinh Solanki in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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