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Risk Profiling Turns Deep Shop Floor Experience into Enthusiastic Risk-Based Decision Making

Published: 2021

One of the world’s largest steel producers, Tata Steel stands out not just for its size and global presence, but for its humanistic approach to operations. The company’s employee-first attitude is evident in everything they do – particularly in the way they look at safety. A recent Risk Profiling initiative between the Tata Steel - Kalinganagar (TSK) site and DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) is an excellent example of how this mindset pays back in improved safety, reliability and resilience. These characteristics allow the organization to more readily deal with dynamic and emerging risks, such as challenges posed by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, as risk thinking is ingrained in every member of every team.

Frontline workers are critical layers of protection, as they are familiar with the organization’s activities, equipment and processes—and, therefore, risks. Leveraging day-to-day operational knowledge of personnel on the shop floor or in the field is key to success in any cultural transformation.

Having worked with DSS for years, Tata Steel embraces the perspective that “Safety Is Good Business.” That’s why, when they commissioned a new greenfield plant at Kalinganagar, Tata Steel partnered with DSS in appropriately engaging, empowering and training their workforce in active operational risk mitigation.