Safety and health

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

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. Safety data collected from our membership from 2005 to 2015 show that the steel industry has seen a steady and notable reduction in the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) over the past decade, decreasing from 4.15 in 2005 to 1.17 in 2015, a reduction of 72%. 

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.

Six safety and health principles for the 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.

Achieving an accident-free workplace

worldsteel's goal is to help its members achieve an accident-free workplace through a series of activities:

  • Safety and health metrics survey
  • Safety and health guidance notes
  • Safety and health excellence recognition programme
  • Safety workshops
  • Shop floor safety audits 
  • Steel Safety Day

The foundation of all these activities are the worldsteel safety and heath principles.


For more information on our programmes and activities, check out our safety and health publications in our bookshop.