Published on March 06, 2019
The Group Safety Team at Tata Business Excellence Group (TBExG) organised a unique two-day Safety Programme for the Managing Directors of Tata companies. This programme, which took place on February 25-26, 2019 at Ashorne Hill Management College, UK, was designed with the intent of providing a common platform for Tata companies to discuss critical safety issues and learn best practices in Safety & Heath from each other. The programme was attended by six MDs of Tata companies, including TV Narendran, MD & CEO, Tata Steel; R Mukundan, MD & CEO, Tata Chemicals; Puneet Chhatwal, MD & CEO, Indian Hotels; Chacko Thomas, Deputy CEO & Executive Director, Tata Coffee; Sanjiv Paul, Vice President - Safety, Tata Steel; Ashish Khanna, MD & CEO, Tata Power Solar. S Padmanabhan, Executive Chairman, TBExG also attended the programme.
On day 1, Chris Rowles and Andrew Page, Safety Consultants based in the UK, facilitated a very interesting classroom session. It consisted of discussions on various topics including felt leadership, roles & responsibilities for safety, organisation structures, reward, recognition & consequence management, and contractors’ safety. The session was conducted in a discussion mode, wherein each MD spoke about his company’s strategy in a particular topic (e.g. contractors’ safety), while the participants provided inputs on the same. At the end of this discussion, all MDs noted key takeaways and action points for their respective companies.
Post lunch, the senior leaders were driven to a Jaguar Land Rover site at Gaydon, where JLR’s initiatives on Safety & Health were showcased. Topics of discussion included technology used for human factors, ergonomics assessments and contractors’ safety.
On the second day, a visit to Tata Steel Europe’s Llanwern facility was organised to understand the company’s best practices in Safety & Health. Tata Steel Europe showcased various practices including how safety was incorporated into design resulting in a safe workplace; how application of contractors’ safety system led to a large blast furnace project being built without any significant incidents; Lockout Tagout systems, electrical safety, and more.
The programme concluded with a clear action plan for each company to execute in the coming few months.