Health and Safety

Health and safety: 'towards zero harm'


Heavy industrial processes, such as many of those involved in the steel supply chain, carry with them some level of inherent risk. However, those risks are manageable and with proper process and attention to detail, the industry can move 'towards zero harm'.

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The ASI believes that all injuries can be prevented and it is the responsibility of every single person in the supply chain, from those on the shop floor to those in upper management and boardrooms to exercise their duty of care to ensure that every single worker comes home safely to their families at the end of their work day.

The ASI is committed to working with our members in the steel supply chain and the industries that we serve to continually and unrelentingly improve safety performance through a range of initiatives, including the following:

  • Awareness of best practice safety performance
  • Promotion and reward for demonstrable improved safety outcomes
  • Education and training
  • Issue specific direct engagement utilising targeted safety groups
  • Workplace Health and Safety alignment
  • Safety alerts.

The ASI welcomes participation from industry through joining groups and providing feedback and information that will assist the supply chain to work safely together.

For all safety related issues, contact our National Safety Manager:

Phil Casey
safety@steel.org.au
philc@steel.org.au 
(02)8748 0185  
0424 225 701 

Workplace health and safety principles

The principles we apply, and we expect the industry to apply, mirror the Worldsteel Association health and safety principles. These principles are as follows:

  1. All injuries and work-related illness can and must be prevented
  2. Managers are 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 drives excellent business results
  6. Safety and health is integrated into all business management processes.

The opportunity

The ASI believes that opportunities to make a difference and move 'towards zero harm' are actionable at every point in the steel supply chain.

The ASI supports or is involved in a number of safety-related initiatives across the complete supply chain. This includes working with other industry associations and workplace safety authorities to achieve logical pathways to safer work practices and outcomes.

Solutions and tools

The ASI provides support to industry with a number of specific safety-related initiatives, including:

Steel industry logistics safety

Loading, transport and unloading of steel and fabricated steelwork components presents challenging logistical and safety issues. The ASI has been actively involved with a range of initiatives in this area, including:

  • Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation
  • ASI Logistics Safety Guides
  • Loading, unloading exclusion zones
  • Australian steel industry Logistics Safety Code and Master Code
  • Australian Logistics Council
  • Steel transport safety network
  • Logistics Safety & Environment awards.

Find out more about these initiatives.

National Health & Safety Committee

The National Health & Safety Committee consists of ASI member company professionals and aims to cultivate a healthier and safer steel industry through promotion and education support. The National H&S Committee engages the State Safety groups to comment and assist with health and safety programs and activities.

The ASI encourages and invites all members to participate in the State Safety Group forums. Please contact the National Safety Manager, Phil Casey, for further information.

Health and Safety Excellence Awards

The Health and Safety Excellence Awards are an initiative of the ASI National Safety Committee to recognise steel industry companies and individuals for high achievements in health and safety, innovation in equipment and process improvements.

Find out more about the awards.

Enforceable undertakings

The ASI has a track record in providing support to member organisations who have a requirement to action an ‘Enforceable Undertaking’ under Workplace Health and Safety regulation.

Find out more about enforceable undertakings and the benefits they can deliver to industry and the broader community.

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Regulation

We engage regularly with State WHS regulators and have a range of information and support material available to help you understand your ‘duty of care’ and the shared responsibility the steel supply chain has for safe compliant outcomes. 

Safety updates

We provide an up-to-date listing of safety-related news and safety alerts.

Articles and reports

We provide a range of relevant safety-related articles and reports, which can be accessed here:

Is your business ready for greater WHS responsibility? steel Australia, Dec 2017, p. 14 (PDF)

Streamlining supply chain through better safety, steel Australia, Jun 2017, p. 21 (PDF)

New system raises the roof on value, steel Australia, Sep 2016, p. 16 (PDF)

Locally made reel on wheels to keep mines safer, steel Australia, June 2016, p. 26 (PDF)

Smart feedback reduces road freight risks, steel Australia, June 2015, p. 24 (PDF)

Resources