The aim is to reduce to the absolute minimum, accidents and cases of ill
health in the work places for which it is responsible. It regards good health
& safety management and high standards of performance in health and safety
as being of the utmost importance and integral to an efficient organization.
Fire prevention, Firefighting
and ensuring Safety of personnel form an integral part of Port Activity.
Towards this end Fire & Safety Department at Visakhapatnam Port Authority (VPA) aims for Zero accident inside premises and strives to provide
hazard free work atmosphere with respect to Health and Safety of
personnel. To accomplish the same VPA sports the honor of having qualified Fire
& Safety Officers and Skilled Fire Fighters on the rolls and the
Team is available in Port on 24 X 7 Basis. The Team supports Cargo
Department and Engineering Services, on their routine and non routine activities
and to complete their task without any Accident / Incident during the process.
Apart from regular support to the various departments Fire & Safety Team
also carries out Regular rounds inside the port premises to take note of
violations and instances of non-compliances. Fire safety Team carries out
Fire Audit regularly in order to account for firefighting equipment
availability and serviceability at all stations. Our paramount commitment is
that the Fire and Safety department strives to ensure that the work atmosphere
is kept free from Fire Hazards at all times.
Practice makes perfect. Main
core area of the Fire & Safety department is to create the awareness among
the work force about Port Safety requirement, Job specific Safety requirements
and Emergency preparedness .To do the Same Fire and Safety department regularly
conducts the Training program to the workforce on regular basis
This Training is given to all newly Joined workforce about Port safety
requirements and Department specific Safety requirements .Apart from this each
contractual employee is welcomed to the port premises after undergoing
Safety process regularly. This ensures that contractor and their
workforce are made aware about Port Safety requirements and Job specific
Safety requirements before deploying them at the site.
VPA maintains and rehearses an exclusive Disaster Management plan
with all preparedness procedures to meet any emergencies in the Port premises
including Pandemic preventive work safety aspects. Each worker in the port
premises is assigned with task to perform in case of emergency; the same will
be ensured by Fire & Safety Team through the various drills and Training
Fire and Safety department is equipped with various Fire Fighting
facilities including Portable Fire Extinguishers, Multi-Purpose Fire Tender,
and Hydrant network. We also have Fire Pumphouse which is designed as per OISD
requirements to meet the Fire risks in the liquid cargo. Every building in the
VPA premises is provided with smoke detectors which is centrally
connected with Fire Station.