worldsteel has taken the decision to reschedule Steel Safety Day from its usual date of 28 April (aligned with the International Labour Organization’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work) to 21 October in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at steel-producing sites.
Established in 2014, Steel Safety Day was set up 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.
By focusing every year on the top five causes of serious safety incidents - moving machinery, working at heights, falling objects, on-site traffic and process safety incidents - worldsteel intends to set up a continuous improvement process and reiterate its commitment to the safety and health of the people who work in the industry.
Each year, one of the five causes is highlighted to raise awareness of the cause and how to prevent associated risks.
This year the focus is on process safety management. Ahead of the Steel Safety Day, worldsteel requests all its members and the wider steel industry to carry out an extensive safety audit.
This audit aims to raise awareness of the main causes of serious incidents and to make the workplace even safer, with the ultimate target for the industry: the 'zero' goal: an injury-free and healthy workplace.
A range of infographics is available to encourage those working on steelmaking sites to take appropriate measures to avoid incidents occurring.
The five most common causes of safety incidents and preventative measures have been identified as follows:
Moving machinery – Isolate, lock or pin all energy sources before any machinery is accessed.
Working at heights – 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 take adequate precautions.