OREANDA-NEWS. Essar Steel India has been recognised for Safety Leadership for the second year in a row by the World Steel Association (worldsteel).

Essar Steel India recognised for Safety Leadership by World Steel Association

Declaring the final scoring of the 31 submissions received by the Worldsteel Safety Excellence Recognition Programme 2015, Mr Arne Haferkorn, Chairman of the Judging Panel said, “I am delighted to announce that your (Essar Steel India’s) submission, ‘Implementation of Process Safety Management (PSM)’, has been recognised in the Safety Leadership category.” Mr Madhu Vuppuluri, CEO of Essar Steel Minnesota, received the award on behalf of Essar Steel India.

Essar Steel India is the only Indian company in recent times to have received this recognition for two consecutive years. Its PSM culture score evaluated through a third-party audit improved from 55% in 2010 to 92% in 2014! The PSM project at Essar Steel India incorporated several safety initiatives and aimed at involving all employees and contractors. The initiatives include an online portal, campaigns, screening of video films and a Safety Rally that brought together 3,500 employees.

Mr Dilip Oommen, CEO & MD, Essar Steel India, said: “We are happy to be recognised for our safety practices. We follow PSM rigorously. It is part of our standard operating procedure in all our activities. It is propagated through extensive employee engagement, and awareness and training programmes. Implementation of PSM in an integrated steel plant like ours not only ensures safety of operation but also secures critical assets.”

Essar Steel’s safety management system has won several accolades this year, including the Ispat Suraksha Puraskar awarded by the Joint Committee on Safety, Health & Environment in Steel Industries (JCSSI), the Manufacturing Today Excellence in Safety Award 2014 - Large Enterprises, the Safety Innovation Award 2014 from The Institution of Engineers (India), and the Golden Peacock Award for Occupational Health & Safety.

About worldsteel
The World Steel Association is one of the largest industry associations in the world. It represents approximately 170 steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Worldsteel members represent around 85% of world’s total steel production.

About Essar Steel
Essar Steel India is one of India’s leading integrated steel producers with an annual production capability of 10 MTPA. The state-of-the-art facilities comprise iron ore beneficiation, pellet making, iron making, steel making, and downstream facilities, including a cold rolling mill, a galvanising  and pre-coated facility, a steel-processing facility, an extra-wide plate mill and  3 pipe mills with coating facilities.

Essar Steel uses information technology extensively for its operation to ensure consistent quality of its products. It produces over 300 grades of steel conforming to quality standards of international certification agencies, like API, ABS, NACE, Lloyd’s Register, to name a few. The products, many of which are import substitutes, cater to the requirements of a wide cross-section of industries.

Essar Hypermart, a pioneering initiative of Essar Steel, caters to the requirements of the SME segment, which normally does not have direct access to mill material.

Sustainability has been given due importance and the company is on course to becoming a zero-waste company.