Child injuries are a growing public health problem in India, with nearly 500,000 child deaths in the last decade. Children are susceptible to injuries because of their curiosity, impulsivity and risk-taking behavior. A safe and healthy environment is an absolute necessity for a child’s growth and development.

To reduce child injuries in India, Underwriters Laboratories has completed a comprehensive research project titled “Advancing Child Safety in India – Implementation is the key.” Undertaken in association with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), a leading academic institution, this research informs various audiences about the pressing need to implement safety practices in and around schools. The collaboration between UL and NIMHANS produced the first-of-its-kind technical and advocacy document that provides information for stakeholders to enact appropriate safety interventions for children in India.

The report offers an in-depth view into the current situation of child injuries in school environments and educates the reader about the many preventative measures that parents, students and school authorities can practice in order to minimize injuries among children. The project team mined data from various national and international sources, research results, insights and expert recommendations on safety practices. The research was conducted from a sample of 131 schools, selected by stratified random sampling in the Bengaluru and Kolar districts in India. Several versions of the findings (infographics, safety toolkits, etc.) will be disseminated during the next few months to schools, policy makers and others to ensure that the lessons gained from this exercise are put into practice.

Ensuring optimum safety in schools to prevent injuries and promote children’s safety is a mandate by the Constitution of India. However, there has been limited evidence regarding safety and injury prevention in schools thus far. UL and NIMHANS’ safety appraisal is an important step forward in this area. highlight the need for implementing and augmenting safety measures in schools.

The project’s findings were published in a recent issue of the International Journal for Injury Control and Safety Promotion, a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering research in ergonomics, product safety and prevention and care of injuries. The journal article summarizes the study setting, methodology adopted, operational guidelines developed, the training given to appraisers, key domains addressed, limitations and the associated challenges. The results highlight the need for implementing and augmenting safety measures in schools.

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