Occupational safety and health: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

China forest fire: 30 dead

Published: April 8, 2019

Around 30 people killed including 27 fire fighters in China. The fire broke on Saturday in Siachuan province. The sudden change in the wind direction caused a huge fire ball. The local authorities employed 689 people to put off the fire. The fire was blazing at an altitude of 3, 800 metres. The team sent ..


IIT Madras converts petroleum waste toluene into useful product

Published: April 1, 2019

Using platinum nanocatalyst, a two-member team at the IIT Madras has successfully converted petroleum waste-product toluene into benzoic acid. Benzoic acid is used as a food preservative (E210) and medicine for fungal/bacterial infection. Toluene is converted into benzoic acid through selective and controlled oxidation in the presence of a catalyst — binaphthyl-stabilised platinum nanoparticles (Pt-BNP). ..


Houston disaster contaminates the ship channel

Published: March 24, 2019

The oil by products, toxic gasoiline of the Houston petrochemical accident have been washed into the sea.This has affected the ship channels in the bay. The fire that burnt for 3 days in the Houston petrochemical accident has already caused enough damages to the surrounding. At the 6th day of the incident it is emitting ..


Emergency declared in California anticipating wild fires

Published: March 23, 2019

Following the burning of more than 1.8 hectares of forest land in 2018, precautionary steps are being done in California. California receives its rainfall during winter. The vegetation dries in summer kindling fires. Forest fires also occur during the months of October in California. This is driven by the Santa Ana winds that bring dry ..


2019 International Vision Zero Conference

Published: February 21, 2019

In Maharashtra, the International Vision Zero Conference was held in Mumbai from 18th to 20th February 2019 to promote Occupational Safety and Health. The conference provides a forum for promoting safety and health at work by exchanging knowledge, practices and experience. It is organized by the Directorate General Factory Advice and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), IIT ..