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12th July 2021

BALCO observed National Electrical Safety Week bolstering safety culture in the workforce

Balconagar, Korba, July 12, 2021: Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer observed National Electrical Safety Week. Various engagement programs were organized to involve our employees and business partners to promote electrical safety and awareness. The company conducted a host of activities including safety stand downs across the plant premises highlighting the dos and dont’s of electrical safety, an online drawing competition was organized for children of employees and business partners on the theme of ‘Connected to Safety – Save Life and property’, also a competition for identifying department with minimum electrical hazards reported and highest effectiveness for Q1 (Apr-Jun-21) was also kicked-off.

Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO led a townhall on Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainability. More than 200 employees and business partners participated in the townhall where Mr. Pati reiterated organization’s vision of strengthening BALCO’s position as the safest manufacturing organization in the global map. A comprehensive safety awareness video was launched in the event which showcased electrical safety practices to be followed at all the areas of operation.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director, BALCO said, “We stand strong on our ethos of Zero Harm in all our processes. BALCO has been continuously taking important and pro-active steps towards the safety of people and environment. We have deployed a smart combination of high-end technology and indigenous innovations to ensure health and safety of employees while maintaining continuity of business operations. We are also working to ensure our leadership teams are driving the safety culture through regular interactions with the workforce at the shop floors.”

BALCO has been one of the early adopters in India to explore the field of smart technologies in its operational set-up to increase safety in all the areas of its business operations.  BALCO has been continuously automating its manual processes to make the workplace safer. In line with the same vision BALCO has completed the end-to-end automation of its Ladle Cleaning Shop (LCS). All the manual processes at the LCS have been replaced using RFID technology, and Pot room and Weighbridge systems have been integrated making the entire process efficient and workplace safer.

 BALCO has also completed the integration of control rooms of Coal Handling Plant of 540 MW and 1200 MW power plants and has established a Centralized Control Room to avoid hampering of operations in case of any emergency. Also, at power plant an Integrated Coal truck management system is implemented and commissioned for structured coal movement monitoring and control and avoid congestion.

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. Vedanta Limited is the world’s the largest producer of aluminium in India. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

About Vedanta Limited

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. Under the aegis of Vedanta Cares, the flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Vedanta and its group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and were conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by the Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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