28 April is Steel Safety Day. Coinciding with the International Labor Organization’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, 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.

Every year worldsteel assigns a focus theme based on but not limited to the top five causes of serious safety incidents: (1) machinery safety, (2) working at heights, (3) falling objects, (4) on-site Traffic and (5) process safety incidents.

During Steel Safety Day or the weeks leading up to 28 April, our members launch a global campaign centred on the theme established by worldsteel. By focusing each year on one or more of the key issues in our industry, worldsteel aims to establish a process of continuous improvement and reiterate its commitment to the safety and health of people working in the industry.

Key aspects about our Steel Safety Day campaigns

  • Leadership presence and visibility in the workplace, spending time on the shop floor observing how the job is being done, making sure risk scenarios can be anticipated and talking with workers about safety challenges during their activities.
  • The identification of high consequence activities (potentially fatal) and ways to implement ‘fail safe’ controls.
  • The verification and implementation of effective risk controls (effectively applying the hierarchy of controls).
  • A clear strategy on how they will improve safety based on the results of these campaigns.
  • Sharing with worldsteel and contributing to a global effort.

Steel Safety Day 2022

The focus for Steel Safety Day 2022 is working at heights.

Webinar series with 3M

In 2022, worldsteel collaborated with 3M to deliver a series of webinars identifying the risks involved in working at heights and how to manage them. Recordings of the webinars can be viewed here.