World Steel honors Tata Steel for initiatives during COVID waves

Jamshedpur, December 20: Tata Steel has been recognized for its safety and health excellence initiatives by the World Steel Association (worldsteel) in the “Occupational Health Management” category. The initiatives include two innovative, technology-driven concepts being deployed in the company’s manufacturing units – “POD Concept” and “Covid Digital Security Tracks”. These applications ensured staff safety and business continuity by mitigating the risks of Covid-19 and were quickly implemented through the Covid Impact Center.

Sanjiv Paul, Vice President (Safety, Health and Sustainability), Tata Steel, said: “We are honored to receive 2021 safety and health recognition from worldsteel. At Tata Steel, we have implemented several technological innovations and leveraged our digital transformation journey to pursue workforce security and business sustainability, aided by agile decision making. This recognition will further motivate us to pursue excellence and prepare for the future.

On behalf of Tata Steel, Neeraj Sinha, Chief Safety, Tata Steel, received the award at the Safety and Health Committee meeting in Brussels, Belgium on November 18, 2021.

POD, a concept of modularizing the workforce, introduced autonomous groups comprising of operations and maintenance personnel, including contractors, with autonomous skill sets to perform specific tasks. The concept is built on a base of protocols, namely I / O standards, Shift operation standards and POD violation standards, which are the key guiding principles.

Digital Covid Safety Tracks has successfully contained the spread of Covid-19 through real-time monitoring and compliance with standard operating guidelines. Leads are broadly categorized into three areas: risk mitigation, risk intelligence, and compliance. Three of the 14 digital tracks, namely Covid-19 Declaration, Risk Profiling and Door Risk Detection, collectively mitigated the risk of a high risk person entering company doors. A proximity analysis track has been developed to identify high-risk cases in the workplace.

In addition to these initiatives, the company introduced the “Suraksha Card” (security card) based on beacons and RFID for contact tracing of all employees in the plant, including work sites. For white-collar workers who did not carry the tag-based and RFID-based “Suraksha Card”, the company used Bluetooth technology from mobile devices to function as a BLE tracker inside the factory premises and integrated it into the computerized contact tracing systems inside the plant. The company has developed a “Suraksha app”, installed on Android / iOS devices, for this purpose.

The World Steel Association has also recognized Tata Steel Europe (Europe and USA) under “Occupational Safety Management” for its safe logistics.