Pg. 10 of Annual Report
ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH & SAFETY (EHS)
With the introduction of cleaner technology in the process of painting, the specific paint sludge generation has been reduced by 42% over previous year (Hosur Plant).
With the continuous effort to conserve the natural resource water, over Rs. 400 lakhs has been invested in the waste water treatment and recycling, to introduce advanced processes.
A pilot project on generation of biogas from waste food has been installed. The other bio wastes like mowed grass and weeds are being vermi composted.
Various energy conservation measures have been taken such as use of waste heat from power plant, energy efficient lighting, optimal utilization of compressed air, idle time power cut-off machines and utilities etc., to reduce carbon footprint.
An integrated EHS management system is instituted in Hosur and Mysore Plants. Both Plants have been certified under ISO 14001 for Environmental Management System and
OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety management system.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Srinivasan Services Trust (SST) is a trust co-sponsored by the Company with the vision of building self-reliant rural communities.
SST extended its coverage to 473 villages across 4 states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh.
Some of the significant achievements are:
• 22,001 Self Help Groups' members and 23,696 families earn additional income above Rs.1,000/- through Income generation projects. 7,296 youth are made employable and
earn above Rs.3,000/- per month.
• No case of Infant and maternal mortality in the project areas.
• 422 villages have been provided access to safe drinking water.
• Morbidity caused by poor sanitation and hygiene reduced from 42% to 11%.
• 100% enrolment of children in Balwadis and Schools.
• 1,32,000 hectares of degraded forests land have been reforested.
72182 families have a minimum income of Rs.4,000/- per month. This has been made possible by helping the women to earn an additional income by way of income generation activities, increase in agriculture production and better livestock management. This income helps their families have both food and financial security.
Easy access to primary health care and adoption of proper sanitation, hygiene and nutrition has resulted in improved general health standards of the community. There has been no case of infant or maternal mortality in the project areas. Now, over 428 villages have access to safe drinking water. As against 70% of the women found anemic 4 years ago, today the incidence of anemia is down to 11%. Only about 4% of the children are found malnourished.
There is 100% enrolment of children in schools. Average pass percentage of the government higher secondary schools in the project area is 77%. Under adult education program, 21822 women members have made literate and 15504 are now able to read up to class 2 levels.
SST serves as a coordinator between local bodies and community to maintain a clean environment. Garbage is collected from houses by SHG and separated and stored as degradable and non –degradable at the source. Degradable waste is converted into vermin-compost. 40 tons of vermin-compost is currently produced every month. Wastewater form households are connected to the drains to avoid stagnation on the streets. Houses with no access to drain were asked to divert the wastewater to soak pits or kitchen gardens. Conservation efforts have achieved far-reaching results in villages- greening degraded forests that now provide resources for a variety of income generation activities.
SST participates with the government bodies in developing infrastructures such as construction of roads, drinking water facilities, proper sewage and sanitation, improving school, balwadis, health centres and community buildings in cooperation with the local communities.