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Noise Pollution and vibration hazard in mines are like slow poisoning and you may not know how many persons are affected unless a detailed examination by a qualified physician said Shri.T.K.Mandal, Director of Mines Safety, Western Zone, Nagpur. He was speaking as Chief Guest on the occasion of inaugral function of National Workshop on"Risk Assessment of Occupational Exposure to Noise and Vibration in Mines"being organised by National Institute of Miners Health ; an autonomous Institute under Ministry of Mines , Govt of India, from 23-25 February 2016 at the auditorium of Jawaharlal Nehru Alluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC), Nagpur.The workshop was supported by the Directorate General of Mines Safety with eminent guest faculties from Indian School of MInes, Dhanbad , National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur and Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications Centre, Nagpur. 

Shri Mandal further stated that DGMS frames guidelines for control of Noise and Vibration hazards based on past experience and research for strict implementation by mine operators. However, efforts should be made to find out  permanent solution instead of superficial remedies to control these hazards at source. He lauded efforts of NIMH for conducting such workshop which is instrumental in spreading awareness among mining organizations.

 Shri Dipankar Shome, Executive Director(Tech) & I/C Personnel Department, MOIL Ltd, speaking as "Guest  of Honour" put across Industry's perpective  on  control of Noise and Vibration hazards. He said  Industry needs to increase its  productivity in todays's  competitive  world but at the same time it  must protect life and health of its workers. To achieve  this, we as Industry, need to have planned and comprehensive approach towards these hazards, proper intentions, acquisition of knowledge and risk assessment & control and all these aspects are available under one umbrella i.e. National Institute of Miners' Health (NIMH) which is doing admirable work in the area of Occupational Health of mine workers. 

Earlier , Dr. Rajnarayan Tiwari, Director, NIMH , welcomed delegated. In his welcome address he said that NIMH is working  with the vision of " Safe Mines and Healthy Miners" and accomplishing it by way of research and clientele projects. He further informend that Xth Conference on Safety in Mines recommended mandatory Noise Mapping in mines which is beneficial to mine workers. Noise Induced Hearing loss (NIHL) which is a major source of hearing disability among mine workers is a notifiable disease and is often neglected. Similarly, with the introduction of Heavy Earth Moving Machineries (HEMMs) in mines, vibration is playing major role for cause of low  back pain and shoulder pain among mine workers. He stressed that we must act to control  Noise and Vibration hazards before they acquire epidemic proportion. 

Dr. B.B.Mandal Deputy Director , NIMH gave brief insight of 3 days National Workshop. While speaking on  the occasion, he said dust  related diseases in mines such as Silicosis and Pneumoconiosis are often discussed but this workshop will give practical and therotical understanding of Noise and Vibration related disorders which are present in every mine workings and adversely affect the health and well - being of mining community as a whole.

Dr S S Nandi, Sr. Research Officer (OH), NIMH, proposed the vote of thanks and Shri. Nikhil P Kulkarni, Scientific Officer, NIMH, conducted the proceedings. About 20 delegates across the nation attended the workshop.


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