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SMEs in Karnataka to be ranked on international environmental safety standards

October 11, 2010 | COMMENTS ( 0 )

SMEs in Karnataka to be ranked on international environmental safety standards

SMEs in Karnataka will be ranked on international standards, says UV Rheinland, a leading global provider of Technical, Safety and Certification services. UV Rheinland has completed the initial phase of Karnataka’s first PPP initiative for ‘Enhanced Productivity and Sustainable Industrial Ecology’ among SMEs in the state.

 

A total of 10 SMEs will be audited and rated on social, environmental and occupational health and safety as per international standards like Environment Management System (ISO 14001), Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001) and Social Accountability (SA 8000) on completion of the 14 month programme, enabling them gain global acceptance and recognition.

 

Mr M.Bhaskar, Director, TUV Rheinland said, “Karnataka’s rapid and unsustainable economic growth is posing a serious challenge to the ecological balance of the region and the environment in general. Studies confirm that 51 per cent of the state’s highly polluting industries are concentrated in the four districts of Bangalore Urban, Belgaum, Bellary and Mysore. These cities account for a huge concentration of small and medium industries, which are losing their competitive edge and are ill equipped to meet increasingly stringent national/international rules and regulations and as a result are in danger of being thrown out of business.”

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