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Occupational health week kicks off with focus on diabetes prevention

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Jamshedpur, July 9: Tata Steel observed the opening ceremony of the Occupational Health Week, today, at the Steelenium Hall. The day marked the beginning of a week-long awareness and engagement programme with the full-time as well as contract employees of the company.

The week, this year, will focus on the theme ‘Know the symptoms of Diabetes early’. The Occupational Health and Safety(OHS) committee, Tata Steel has lined up a series of events such as Symposium on ‘Healthy Living & Diabetes’ by HODs and senior doctors from TMH, Online Health Quiz, OHS Professionals Meet, Health Mass Meeting and Wellness Clinic for Contract Employess etc, between 9th and 15th July. The two major initiatives being undertaken in the week are Doctor@Doorstep for employees, and Yoddha – Yoga and Pranayam for high risk groups.

Chief Guest on the occasion Suresh Dutt Tripathi, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel, shared his views on lifestyle and stress related diseases like Diabetes, saying ‘The aim for the OHS week is to drive awareness about the causes and effects of Diabetes. If we know the causes, we can mitigate the risks better and work towards our physical, mental and social wellbeing.’

The Guest of Honour, Bhagwan Singh, Assistant Secretary, Tata Workers’ Union (TWU) in his speech opined that the company has taken this step to show that it cares for its employees and now the responsibility lies on the shoulders of the employees to take this initiative forward and care for themselves. He urged that Diabetes should not become a topic for banter but rather an issue warranting immediate attention and action.

In the inaugural speech given by Mr Shyam Sunder, Chief, Corporate Safety, he talked about the rationale behind selecting Diabetes to be the focus point of the OHS week this year. Dr Pranab Mukherjee, Plant Medical Officer, discussed that the records of the Health Index measurement done during the OHS week last year will serve as the reference point for planning health improvement activities for the employees.

The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Smita Gaikwad, Senior Registrar, OHS. The presence of a large number of employees, union members, contract workers, doctors from TMH as well as out locations ensured an enthusiastic start to the Occupational Health Week.

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