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.