The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) National Occupational Health & Safety Excellence Awards 2008 are open to entries until 18 July from members across the Australian steel industry, from individuals up to the big industry players.

The awards are an initiative of the ASI National Safety Committee to recognise steel industry companies and individuals for high achievements in health and safety, regardless of size. They are offered in the three categories of Site, Individual and Improvement Initiative with the winners to be presented at the Australian Steel Convention during this September in Perth.

ASI National Manager – Manufacturing & Distribution, Ian Cairns said entry requirements were designed to be as straight forward as possible to make access to the awards as fair as possible and encourage smaller steel businesses to enter. “We just stipulate a few requirements for each of the categories and limit submissions to three to -four pages to make entering very simple,” Mr Cairns said. “Basically, most steel related businesses that record Lost Time due to Injury (LTI) incidents should be eligible to enter. But all entries must identify the site, factory or department of the ASI member-company involved in steel manufacture, steel processing, distribution or fabrication and demonstrate a strong commitment to improving health and safety.”

Site Award submissions are to include LTI performance records for the past three years to June 2007, lead indicator performance information, and a brief explanation of what the business has done to improve its health and safety performance in that period. Individual Award submission must describe why the nominated person should be considered for the award and list the contributions of the individual over recent years. Improvement Initiative Award entries must describe the initiative and why it should be considered for recognition, list the process undertaken, the people involved and the deliverables of the initiative.

More award information is available from the National page of the Events section of this website, or contact Ian Cairns on Telephone: (03) 9694 4499/ Email: ianc@steel.org.au.