National Safety Day is observed every year in India on 4th March as National Safety Council (NSC) was established on this date. It is celebrated since 1996 to highlight the importance of safety in all spheres of life so as to prevent any mishaps and accidents due to neglect or lack of awareness. It is a week long campaign which has significantly contributed to reduction in the rate of industrial accidents and created widespread safety awareness even in such sectors which have not been covered by any safety legislation.
National Safety Council (NSC) was set up by the Ministry of Labour, Government of India to generate, develop and sustain a voluntary movement on Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) at the national level. It is an apex non profit making, tripartite body, registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950.
Every year, according to a different theme, the National Safety Day is celebrated, last year which was “Reinforce positive behavior at the workplace to achieve safety and health goals” and for the year 2019 the theme is “Cultivate and sustain a safety culture for building nation”.
There are various activities carried out during this campaign at national, state and enterprise level such as public functions, seminars, banners display by the NSC and state chapters in strategic locations in capitals and major cities, safety suggestions, exhibitions etc.