Safety and health


worldsteel held its third Steel Safety Day on 28 April 2016.

Steel Safety Day was set up in 2014 to reinforce awareness of the five most common causes of safety incidents and to create a safer working environment across the entire steel industry worldwide. It has become an annual event.

Safety and health in the steel industry

A safe and healthy working environment for all employees is the number one priority for every worldsteel member. Our policy is to help all our members achieve an accident-free workplace.

Historically, steelmaking was a dangerous process and accidents were inevitable. Today, many steel companies recognise that this is no longer appropriate for a modern and technically advanced industry.

There is no area, process or type of work that cannot be accident-free. Safety and health requires a permanent 100% commitment from everyone. Most importantly, it requires a strong commitment from senior management of steel companies, which should set the culture in which safety and health is the number one priority and must not be compromised for any other objective.

Many steel companies are improving their safety and health performance and some businesses have gone without any lost time injuries or fatalities for many years. These companies know that such performance requires excellence in all aspects of their operations. This excellence also produces superior business performance - the most successful steel companies are also the safest.

worldsteel member companies committed to eliminating accidents and injuries from the industry and significant improvements have been achieved over recent years, as shown in the lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) graph below.

Sharing experience and good practice

In 1999, worldsteel produced the report Accident-free steel. It remains the definitive document for safety and health management in the industry.

In 2006, the Board of Directors issued a set of principles that clearly outline the industry philosophy on safety and health.

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

  1. All injuries and work-related illness can and must be prevented.
  2. Management is responsible and accountable for safety and health performance.
  3. Employee engagement and training is essential.
  4. Working safely is a condition of employment.
  5. Excellence in safety and health supports excellent business results.
  6. Safety and health must be integrated in all business-management processes.

To further support these principles, a guidance booklet was produced.

Please click here to download the 2013 version of the safety and health guidance booklet in PDF format. The worldsteel safety and health principles have been translated into 12 languages. Click on this link to download the poster in the language of your choice.

The Safety and Health Excellence Recognition Programme

In 2008, worldsteel launched an excellence recognition programme. Member companies submit examples of how their safety and health performance are given the highest priority, through various initiatives and projects. A jury of experts selects the most outstanding submissions, and the names of the companies are announced at worldsteel's annual conference. The 2015 safety and health recognition programme brochure can be downloaded via our online bookshop or through clicking here