Nothing is more important than the safety and health of people who work in the steel industry.

  Four key areas must be considered to manage safety and health comprehensively:

  1. Safety culture and leadership

  A sound organizational culture has safety embedded. Attitudes and behaviors that support the goal of zero harm typically contribute to safer operations and better overall company results.

  Attitudes and behaviors that support the goal of zero harm typically contribute to safer operations and better overall company results.

  These are deeply reflected in the actions of employees and contractors. Newcomers embrace and internalize these values in order to remain and grow in the organization.

  Effective leadership is critical to achieving and sustaining a positive safety culture.

  A strong and visible commitment from the very top of the company shared by all levels of management is essential to achieve a healthy accident-free workplace.

  Steel companies that have the best safety records are those whose chief executives are held accountable by the board of directors for the safety and health of all people working on their sites, employees and contractors alike. These are companies where all levels of management are actively involved and support a safe and healthy approach to work on the shop floor.

  2. Occupational safety management

  Occupational safety management promotes the safety of employees, contractors and visitors by preventing personal injuries in the workplace, and has a strong focus on primary prevention of exposure to hazards.

  3. Occupational health management

  In its widest definition, occupational health management encompasses the physical, mental and social well-being of the people working in the company. The focus is placed on long-term effects on exposure to hazards. The health of workers has several determinants, including risk factors at the workplace leading to cancers, musculoskeletal diseases, respiratory diseases, hearing loss, circulatory diseases, stress related disorders and others.

  4. Process safety management

  Process safety is a blend of engineering, operations and management skills focused on preventing catastrophic accidents, particularly structural collapse, explosions, fires and toxic releases associated with loss of containment of energy or dangerous substances such as toxic gases, molten metal, chemicals and petroleum products.

  The manufacturing of steel involves processes with intrinsic hazards that need careful management. The measures needed to control these hazards are often complex. The focus of process safety management is not limited to protecting the people within the company but also includes the environment, assets and surrounding community


  Safety and health metrics survey

  Measuring performance is one aspect of achieving good safety and health standards. worldsteel encourages all of its member companies to participate in the safety performance data collection and report as accurate information as possible.

  This information not only concerns the number of incidents that occur (number of fatalities, lost time injuries, medical treatment incidents, first aid incidents, near misses or safety deviations) but also all the actions taken to avoid further similar incidents.

  The metrics allow organisations to identify areas that need improvement and benefit from the strong support of their peers in the industry to share their knowledge.

  Safety and health guidance notes

  There are a number of safety and health best practice examples and guidance notes on specific topics available from worldsteel’s membership-only platform. Provided by industry safety managers and based on actual

  working practice these can be utilised in any plant or company to prevent serious safety incidents.

  Safety and health

  excellence recognition

  A good practice or a good idea that works well in one plant can also be a success in another plant and prevent injuries and save lives. worldsteel’s Safety and Health Committee recognises each year member companies that are actively working to improve safety and health within the steel industry. Since 2008, more than 50 examples of best practice have been recognised and made available to the whole industry. An additional 200 submissions are available online for members to consult and reuse within their own premises.

  Safety workshops

  Safety workshops allow people to meet face to face to discuss and exchange best practices. worldsteel provides specific safety workshops around the world.

  Serious safety occurrences sharing

  If an incident occurs, there is an enormous amount of knowledge to be gained from reviewing the causes and actions taken to prevent a re-occurrence.

  worldsteel promotes the sharing of safety serious occurrences between its members in order to avoid a repeat of similar incidents worldwide. worldsteel members can share safety serious occurrences online and exchange questions and answers on a safety forum.

  Shop floor safety audits

  worldsteel performs shop floor safety audits or safety observation activities upon request. This allows members to develop their own observation and audit programmes.

  Steel Safety DaySteel Safety Day is aligned with the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Ahead of the day, scheduled every year on 28 April, worldsteel asks all its members to carry out a special safety audit on the five most common causes of serious safety incidents. These are – moving machinery, falling from heights, falling objects, process safety incidents, and on-site traffic.

  Established in 2014, Steel Safety Day was set up to reinforce awareness of the top five causes of serious incidents and to create a safer working environment across the entire global steel industry.

  By focusing on the five causes - moving machinery, falling from heights, falling objects, on-site traffic, and process safety incidents - worldsteel intends to set up a continuous improvement process.

  Steel Safety Day takes place on 28 April every year and is aligned with the International Labour Organisation’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Ahead of the safety day, worldsteel encourages all of its members to carry out safety audits involving all of their employees and contractors.

  Each year one of the five causes is highlighted and given more focus to raise awareness of the cause and how to prevent associated risks.

  The most common causes of serious safety incidents and preventative measures have been identified as follows:

  Moving machinery – Isolate, lock or pin all energy sources before any machinery is accessed.

  Falling from height – Provide regular training, appropriate harnessing equipment and ensure checks are in place when working at height.

  Falling objects – Ensure regular checks are in place to remove or secure objects in risk areas.

  On-site traffic – Ensure all traffic on the site is operated safely, including road, rail and pedestrians, and remove all unnecessary traffic.

  Process safety incidents – Identify potential process safety hazards that could cause explosions or fires and introduce and maintain adequate barriers and controls.

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