Tata Steel receives Safety & Health Recognition 2021 from World Steel Association
Honoured for its tech innovations ‘POD concept’ and ‘Digital Covid Safety Tracks’ to mitigate the COVID-19 risks to ensure workforce safety and business continuity
Tata Steel has been recognised for its Safety and Heath Excellence initiatives by World Steel Association (worldsteel) under the category ‘Occupational Health Management’. The initiatives include two technology driven innovative concepts deployed at the Company’s manufacturing units – ‘POD concept’ and ‘Digital Covid Safety Tracks’. These applications ensured workforce safety and business continuity by mitigating COVID-19 risks and were rapidly implemented via the COVID Impact Centre.
Sanjiv Paul, Vice President (Safety Health & Sustainability), Tata Steel, said: “We are honoured to receive Safety & Health Recognition 2021 by worldsteel. At Tata Steel, we have implemented multiple tech innovations and leveraged our digital transformation journey to pursue workforce safety and business sustainability, aided by agile decision-making. This recognition will further motivate us to pursue excellence and prepare for future.”
On behalf of Tata Steel, Neeraj Sinha, Chief Safety, Tata Steel, received the award during the Safety & Health Committee Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on November 18, 2021.
The POD, a workforce modularisation concept, introduced self-sufficient groups comprising operations and maintenance personnel, including contractors, with self-contained skill sets to perform specific jobs. The concept is built on a foundation of protocols, namely Entry-Exit norms, Shift Operating norms, and POD Breach norms, which constitute the key guiding principles.
Digital Covid Safety Tracks successfully contained the spread of COVID-19 via real-time monitoring and compliance to standard operating guidelines. The tracks are broadly classified under three areas – Risk Mitigation, Risk Intelligence and Compliance. Three of the 14 digital tracks, namely COVID-19 Declaration, Risk Profiling and Risk Detection at Gate collectively mitigated the risk of a high-risk person entering the company’s gates. A Proximity Analysis track was developed to identify high-risk cases at the workplace.
Apart from these initiatives, the Company introduced beacon & RFID based ‘Suraksha Card’ (Safety Card) for contact tracing of all employees within the plant, including work sites. For white collar employees who were not carrying the beacon & RFID based ‘Suraksha Card’, the company used Mobile device Bluetooth technology to function as a BLE tracker inside factory premises and integrated this with the IT systems for contact tracing inside the Plant. The Company developed a ‘Suraksha App’, installed on Android/iOS devices, to serve this purpose.
World Steel Association also recognised Tata Steel Europe (Europe and USA) under ‘Occupational safety management’ for its zero-harm logistics.
About Tata Steel
Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 33 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world’s most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $21.06 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2021.
A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000. Tata Steel has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 5 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM and worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, featured amongst CII Top 25 innovative Indian Companies in 2020, received rating of ‘A-‘ (leadership band) from CDP for its Climate Change disclosure and Supply Chain disclosure, Steel Sustainability Champion 2020 recognition from worldsteel, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute, Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) from CNBC TV-18, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.
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