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Group Safety & Health team and TNF – India East conduct Women’s Safety Programmes

Published on July 28 , 2016

The Safety Team at Tata Business Excellence Group (TBExG) conducted three Women’s Safety Programmes aimed at increasing safety awareness among women employees of Tata Group companies. The programmes, organised by Tata Network Forum (TNF) – India East, were conducted on July 18, 2016 at the Bengal Club in Kolkata, July 19 at the Beldih Club in Jamshedpur and July 20 at the TELCO Club in Jamshedpur. The training was delivered by Sangeeta Chandran and Poulomi Chakrabarti from the ‘Safety First’ team of TCS.

A total of 238 women employees from 29 Tata companies attended these three programmes, which are designed to disseminate the best practices followed by Tata Consultancy Services to increase safety among its women employees. TCS’s Safety First initiative for women employees is driven through a 5S Strategy – a simple training session designed to teach women employees different steps to ensure their safety.

The programmes were inaugurated by senior leaders at all three locations: at Kolkata, RN Murthy, MD, TMILL inaugurated the programme; at Beldih Club, Jamshedpur, Shubhenjit Chaudhuri, MD, Tata Pigments was the one who opened the session; and in TELCO Club, Jamshedpur Neeraj Kant, MD, ISWPL was the one who did the honour.

These programmes were the second of its kind since inception. The first programme was held at Pune, under the aegis of TNF West.

As part of the programme, participants in all three sessions were given an integrated view of using common sense, confidence, some basic knowledge of defensive moves and tactics to be safe on the streets. Participants lauded the programme’s aim to increase awareness about safety issues, which has assumed even more importance in the backdrop of increasing incidents of violence against women.

The programme was conceived at the Tata Safety Heads Meet in December last year, during which Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry underscored the urgent need to increase safety awareness among women employees across the group. It was also decided to replicate the learnings from TCS’s best practices on women’s safety.

The Vote of Thanks was conducted by Monika Agarwal from TSPDL for Kolkata; Sushmita Srivastava from Tata Steel at Beldih Club, Jamshedpur and Vina Mitra from Tata Motors at TELCO Club, Jamshedpur.

The programmes was deemed a success due to the support of a lot of people, chief among whom are Mukesh Prasad from Tata Steel, who is the convener for the TNF – India East region. Many volunteers from companies in the region also helped with the organisation of these events, which included Himanshu Behera, Manprit Shrivastava, DK Nanda, Suvajit Chakraborty, Monika Agarwal, TSPDL and Carolyn DuPratt, TSPDL.

The Group Safety & Health team has planned a series of awareness and self-defense workshops in the coming months for women employees across Tata companies.