Tata Steel has declared 2004 as the Year of Safety.
Safety has always been a prime concern of the company,
which has institutionalised its efforts by creating
a documented safety policy and a division dedicated
to safety. The company organised a week-long exhibition at the
Steelenium Hall within the Tata Steel Works in Jamshedpur.
The event showcased safety procedures and initiatives
of the company's various departments.
Celebrating National Safety Day on April 4, 2004, at
the steel works in Jamshedpur, Tata Steel presented
over 50 awards in recognition of safe practices, activities
and awareness, to the various divisions of the company.
Present at the function conducted by AD Baijal, vice
president (RM and IM), Tata Steel, was special guest
AK Choudhary, deputy chief inspector of factories, government of Jharkhand. Dr T Mukherjee, deputy managing
director (steel), Tata Steel, was the chief guest, while
RBB Singh, president, Tata Workers Union, was guest
OB Krishna, chief of safety and ergonomics, elaborated
on the many new initiatives that had been introduced
in the past year, which included the Online Safety Improvement
System (an escalating logging system), which saw over
30,000 risks logged and rectified within 10 months of
its operation; the Online Incident Reporting System
to capture incidents / near misses in order to identify
root causes and initiate preventive and corrective measures; Work Permit Systems and Vendors' Empanelment System
based on safety performance.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mukherjee said that Tata
Steel had world class facilities, world class employees
and now strives to have a world class safety performance.
For this, Tata Steel plans to attain OHSAS 18001 certification
for safety compliance, and is prepared to meet the stringent
requirements in word and spirit. To attain this goal,
Tata Steel is calling on the best consultants in the
field of safety, namely Du Pont Safety Services, who
have great experience in handling hazardous materials
and conditions safely. He also said that the system
of Total Preventive Maintenance, being implemented in
the company will not only enhance performance but will
also ensure safe working practices and conditions.
AK Choudhary and RBB Singh, reiterated the conviction
and principle of educating and generating awareness
in following safety rules. They stressed that proactive
identification of hazardous conditions is the key to
Also present at the function were several senior officials
from the management including AN Singh, deputy managing
director (corporate services), Tata Steel, UK Chaturvedi
(VP-LP), Tata Steel, HM Nerurkar, VP FP, Tata Steel,
and RP Singh, VP (engineering services and products),
and also included officials of the Tata Workers Union,
such as Raghunath Pandey, deputy president and DK
Singh, general secretary.