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Published on Dec 20, 2011
http://www.sustainablesolutions.dupon... Title: Safety on the Subcontinent -- To support their families, many women in India have taken jobs with Tata Steel. Traditionally, women in India wear saris while operating machinery. DuPont worked with Tata Steel on industrial workplace safety to improve employee and contractor occupational safety, while remaining aware of the sensitivities of the Indian culture. The results were positive.
P. GANESHWERI OPERATOR, TATA STEEL LIMITED My husband was killed in an accident and died on the spot. We had three small children to bring up. So I joined Tata Steel.
MAIN TITLE SAFETY ON THE SUBCONTINENT
H.M. NERURKAR MANAGING DIRECTOR TATA STEEL LIMITED Steel was not considered as a very, very safe industry. Unless we make the company very safe our people will not be safe and the families will not be safe. So we approached DuPont.
K. GANESH INDIA BUSINESS DIRECTOR DUPONT DuPont believes that if they really want to make a difference they ought to really go through the cultural change process.
RAGHUNATH PANDEY PRESIDENT, TATA STEEL WORKERS UNION We don't want to produce steel stained with blood. Since we started working with DuPont many changes have taken place.
K. GANESH We were seeing woman employees coming to their site wearing the traditional saris that could lead to major injuries. Going and talking to the woman about changing their dress is a sensitive issue. So we assembled them in a room and then we talked to them about safety. And their response was, "If this is something which we need to change, we are willing to change."
P. GANESHWERI We were the first group of women to switch from saris to wearing shirts and trousers. Bulldozers, trucks, and locomotives are difficult to drive if we're wearing saris. But in uniforms we can drive them more safely.
K. GANESH If you influence the woman it has a lot of influence on the society.
P. GANESHWERI We take these safety lessons from the job to every part of our lives. We even teach our children about safety in school.
H.M. NERURKAR You need to consider society as a part of the business and you need to give back to the society many times more than what you get from it.