Safety Week Activities and Events

Safety Week Activities and Events

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

National Safety Day History
The initiative to observe such a day was taken up by the National Safety
Council of India. NSC was set up by the Ministry of Labour, Government
of India on 4th March 1966, as an autonomous body to generate, develop
and sustain a voluntary movement on Safety, Health and Environment (SHE)
at the national level. As an honour for such a noble cause, the
foundation day of NSC was decided to be celebrated as National Safety
Day in 1972. It was soon converted into a week-long event and was thus
called National Safety Week (NSW).

It was in 1962 during the 22nd Labour Ministers’ Conference that a
decision to convene a Conference on ‘Safety in Factories’ was
considered. Along with it, setting up a National Safety Council for
conducting a campaign on accident prevention was also considered. Then
in 1965 ‘The President’s first Conference on Industrial Safety’ was
organised in Delhi from 11th to 13th December 1965 by the Ministry of
Labour and Employment, Government of India (GOI) in cooperation with the
State Governments, Employers’ Organisations, Trade Unions and
Institutions concerned. In the conference, there was consensus amongst
all concerned about setting up National and State Safety Councils. The
24th Session of the Standing Labour Committee accepted the proposal
concerning the constitution of the National Safety Council (NSC) in
February 1966. Thus NSC was set up on 4th March 1966 by the Ministry of
Labour, Government of India. It was registered as a Society under the
Societies Registration Act, 1860 and subsequently, as a Public Trust
under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950.

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