Tata Steel’s safety and health responsibilities are driven by commitment to zero harm to the people we work with and the society at large Backed by a robust management system framework and a sound safety governance structure, we endeavor to achieve this objective.
At the deployment level, six long term safety strategic priorities Build (safety) leadership capability at all levels, improve competency and capability for hazard identification risk management, contractor safety risk management, elimination of road rail incidents, excellence in process safety management, improving occupational health establishing industrial hygiene are the focal points behind several initiatives in our Safety Excellence Journey.
In this journey, going beyond metrics and making a strong value based safety culture for tomorrow is the top priority at all levels of leadership.
We have a strong governance structure driven by the Safety, Health and Environment Committee of the Board (chaired by an Independent Director) and the Apex Safety Council (Chaired by the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director). Their directives are cascaded through sub-committees chaired by relevant Vice Presidents through monthly reviews, which are then executed across the organisation.
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Tata Steel aspires to attain the industry leadership position in the field of Safety & Health. Leaders at all levels, demonstrate their personal commitment to it through felt leadership. The safety governance structure ensures formulation and deployment of strategic initiatives through different safety sub committees.
All the policies and strategies are cascaded down to the line managers as part of their KRA. Each officer has his own personal commitment, to improve health and safety in their respective area of work. Senior Leadership engages in direct communication with the shop floor employees (company & contractor). Leadership teams conduct safety line walks at shop floor and engage with local teams to reinforce safety culture. Tata Steel has set long term objective to achieve ‘Zero Harm’.
Tata Steel has developed SHE risk management framework which follows a five step process comprising of policies, procedures, tools, reports and governance structure. All the high severity risks (category I & II), identified by departments, flow into the divisional risk register as an input to the Annual Business Plan. Frontline leaders have been trained on the risk management to identify and mitigate risk in their workplaces. Cross Functional audits are periodically conducted to check the deployment level. Best practices identified through this process are captured and shared across organization for horizontal deployment.
Our operation and maintenance activities engage a sizeable contract workforce. We have established the process of Contractor Competency Assessment (star-rating system on a scale of 0-5) for our service providers. Tata Steel deploys only 3-star and above rated vendors on high-risk jobs. Workshops and incentive schemes are used to motivate 3-star rated vendors to upgrade to 4 and 5 stars. Skill certification has been made a pre-requisite for all contract workmen.
Tata Steel value chain depends on safe and efficient transport of raw material, by – products, semi – finished and finished goods through both road and rail. Road movement is a high hazard activity and hence to make our road operations safe we are enforcing road safety related behavioral changes across our organisation. To support this, various infrastructure improvement initiatives such as traffic segregation and streamlining, drop gates at level crossings, transport park, elimination of cycles and introduction of smart buses, radar-based speed monitoring, CCTV coverage alongwith video analytics, Automated Number Plate Recognition, construction of Flyover for movement of Heavy Vehicles and introduction of digitalization at gates for materials have been introduced.
Process Safety and Risk Management (PSRM) when applied robustly will reduce the likelihood of any catastrophic event. Located amidst a densely populated community, Tata Steel realised the importance of strong Process Safety and Risk Management to address the process related risk and avoid any loss of containment. ‘Excellence in Process Safety Risk Management’ was identified as one of the key safety strategies for achieving ‘Zero harm’.
A firm foundation in Process Safety & Risk Management (PSRM) has been established across Tata Steel but in pursuit of making process safety a ‘way of life’, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) concept was undertaken. This has not only reduced the likelihood of a catastrophic event but has also provided business results in terms of reduction in breakdown time leading to increase in production. Further to this, Centre of Excellence (CoE) concept is now rolled out in almost all the High Hazard Facilities across Tata Steel India and newly acquired facilities.
Tata Steel’s integrated approach in industrial hygiene and occupational health is underpinned by the three pillars of prevention, promotion and reintegration. We follow the World Health Organisation’s model of ‘healthy workplace’ for creating a workplace that does not harm the mental and physical well-being of people. The ‘Wellness at Workplace’ programme was initiated to create awareness among people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and control lifestyle-related diseases. The effectiveness of the initiative is monitored through the health index. Tata Steel has collaborated with external partners to understand and improve workplace ergonomics through risk assessments and implementation of ergonomics control measures.