Jamshedpur, June 28: With the aim to provide better civic amenities in iron ore mines, Tata Steel has set-up rest shelters and bio-toilets for its employees on contract.
About 45% of the total employees working in iron ore mines of Tata Steel comprises contract workforce.
These were inaugurated on Tuesday by M C Thomas, GM (OMQ), Tata Steel, in the presence of Tata Steel employees.
Tata Steel has set-up five rest shelters (three in Noamundi and two in Joda), including one specifically for women contract employees in Noamundi.
Facilities inside these rest shelters include seating arrangements in addition to attached bathrooms, place to drink water and washing hands, a press communiqué issued by the steel major today said.
These rest shelters uses an innovative, affordable, durable and eco-friendly construction solution developed by Tata Steel under the brand `Nest-In,’ and uses the Nest-In methodology for wall construction.
These rest shelters provide a comfortable and conducive work environment for contract workforce engaged in different iron ore mines of Tata Steel.
In a major step to improve hygiene among the contract employees, Tata Steel has also set up 6 bio-toilets of single unit, twin type and triple type both for men and women at different locations spread across Noamundi and Joda.
These bio-toilets, again uses the Nest-In methodology for construction and has a bio-digester for solid waste disposal.
The bio-digester technology is completely eco-friendly and green rated product.
This technology requires no dependence on the limited and costly conventional energy sources and saves space, energy, environment, time and good health.
The bio-toilets have been set up in open space where conventional toilets are difficult to build due to remote locations.
Owing to its wide adaptability, efficient functioning and environment sustainability, the Nest-In bio-toilets are capable of alleviating the issues concerning open defecation in India, thus playing a critical role in preventive healthcare as well.
Speaking at the inauguration, Thomas said, “It has always been our constant endeavor to provide better workplace environment for our employees on contract.
We are deeply concerned about their health and hygiene. Hence, we believe that the need of the hour is to create awareness and bring the best possible workplace facilities here in our mining locations.
Towards this purpose, we have set-up the rest shelters and bio-toilets so that efficiency at work and hygiene both can be met at priority.”
The provision of providing safe, healthy and hygienic workplace and parity in all amenities for employees on contract also complies with SA 8000, which is an audit able certification standard, modeled on ISO standards, that encourages organizations to develop, maintain, and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace.