At its annual meeting held this year in Sao Paulo the World Steel
Association announced that for the first time the average lost time
injuries reached a record low of 1.65 injuries per million hours worked.
For the first time this betters the average rate for the aluminium
industry (1.8) but the target is to better the rate for the oil &
gas sector of 0.43.
Andrew Page, Director H&S Tata Steel Europe and Chairman of the
worldsteel Safety & Health Committee said that much of the
improvement was a result of targeting less well performing companies to
learn from the practices of the best â€“ some of which already reach the
standards of oil & gas.
The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has recognised three member
companies, ArcelorMittal, Gerdau, and Tata Steel Europe for excellence
in four distinct safety and health programmes.
All four programmes demonstrated a commitment to safety and health that fulfilled three key criteria:
− The programme positively embraced the worldsteel safety and health principles
− The programme was able to demonstrate a positive impact upon safety metrics
− The programme could easily be applied to other member companies
ArcelorMittal Unicon a pipe producer with six locations and 1650
employees in Venezuela launched its â€˜Journey to Zero' safety management
system in 2008, taking a systematic approach and starting with the
leadership first. The programme identified three main barriers
â€˜Technical barrier', â€˜Organisational barrier' and â€˜Behavioural barrier'
to achieve the goal of zero injuries. Several specific initiatives have
been implemented to tackle the three barriers. Under this programme, the
company has reduced the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) by 90%
in five years.
ArceloMittal Lazaro CÃ¡rdenas in Mexico implemented a safety management
programme, specifically designed for contractors in 2009. The programme
has been deployed across six main areas; â€˜Mandatory safety training,
Access control, Operational control risk, Contractor's safety
supervisor, Golden ACES for maintenance major shutdowns, and Safety
evaluation performance'. The programme helped the company to avoid all
fatalities and to reduce the LTIFR by 80% in three years.
Brazilian headquartered Gerdau launched in 2010 â€˜Safety Behavioural
Management', a strategic project to consolidate the company's best
safety and health practices with proven results within several
locations. They were structured in a â€˜Behavioural Management for
Occupational Safety Manual' and the use of this process resulted in a
significant reduction of the company's LTIFR from 3.0 to 1.0
(injuries/million hours worked) and accelerated the movement of the
safety culture within the whole company.
Tata Steel Europe, in 2010, introduced â€˜Fit for Work, Fit for Life'
campaign, an integrated health approach provided by â€˜Occupational Health
Service'. The approach acknowledges the two-way relationship between
the working environment and health state of the workers and is supported
by three pillars of â€˜Prevention, Promotion and Reintegration'. The
company provides its employees with, firstly, a comprehensive
occupational health service to prevent injury and work-related illness,
secondly, a regular health check-up with promotional events and, lastly,
support for reintegration of individuals back into workplace.