Protection of Human Health

The ease with which stainless steel surgical instruments and appliances can be kept clean and sterile provides an obvious illustration of the way the material helps to safeguard our health.  However, there are so many less obvious ways in which the contribution of stainless steel to our well-being is of growing importance.

The “hygienic” qualities that are so vital to medical equipment are equally valuable when used in the preparation of healthy foods and beverages (see also “Industrial Applications – Food and Beverage”).  In the kitchen and bathroom, sinks and utensils made from stainless steel not only look attractive but are easy to keep clean and free from harmful bacteria.

In the field of transport, stainless steel catalytic converters help to reduce the pollutants from exhaust systems that have been a major concern for health in our towns and cities.

The generation of electricity provides further examples, such as the removal of poisonous fractions from waste gases being emitted from coal-fired power stations, and the safe storage of radio-active waste from nuclear facilities.

These are just some of the ways in which this versatile material helps us to tackle threats to human health from a variety of sources.

Disinfection of stainless steel in hospitals

The continuing safety of using stainless steel in hospital environments has been confirmed in a new study commissioned by Team Stainless. Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University and AgroParisTech found that there was no discernible difference between the efficiency of disinfection across the range of grades and finishes, and whether or not the stainless steel was new or aged. This confirms the effectiveness of disinfecting stainless steel against bacteria associated with HAIs and its ongoing suitability as a material for use in clinical environments.

A summary brochure, ‘Disinfection of stainless steel in hospitals’ is available to download from the Team Stainless website. It can be downloaded in English or Spanish [clicking on the language will open the brochure].

Published: 9/11/2017
Last modified: 9/11/2017

Safe Food Preparation Using Stainless Steel

The continuing safety of using stainless steel in food preparation has been confirmed in an independent study following the adoption of new test criteria across Europe.

The Council of Europe’s (CoE) guidelines for metals and alloys in food contact materials defines specific release limits (SRLs) for metals and includes a new, more aggressive test to simulate use in food preparation.

The authors demonstrated that all of the grades passed the test for the relevant metallic elements prescribed in the CoE guidelines. A summary of the report can be downloaded at in EnglishChinese or Japanese.

A more detailed technical summary of the report can be downloaded from The full report is also available from

Published: 10/11/2015
Last modified: 10/11/2015

Stainless Steel - Benefits for Elderly People

Life expectancy is increasing strongly. As more and more people are getting older and older, society must be prepared to cater for the specific needs of elderly people. Many of the applications discussed in this brochure in the context of old age are also attractive to other users to make living environments safer, more comfortable and attractive.

This brochure is available in EnglishChinese and Portuguese.

Published: 12/6/2015
Last modified: 12/6/2015

Clean Cooking with Stainless Steel

Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces different kind of alternative stoves that can be used like forced air stoves or solar cooking stoves.

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Published: 21/10/2014
Last modified: 21/10/2014

Medical Applications of Stainless Steel 304

By their very nature, devices designed for medical uses must meet extremely stringent design and fabrication criteria. In a world increasingly focused on lawsuits and retribution claims for injury or damage caused by medical malpractice anything that comes into contact with or surgically implanted within the human body must perform exactly as designed, without fail.


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Published: 29/11/2013
Last modified: 29/11/2013

New Stainless Steel Application: TERI model stove

Four out of every five rural and one out of every five urban households primarily depend on direct burning of solid biomass fuel like fuel wood, crop residue and cattle dung in traditional mud stove/ three stone fire for cooking .Such traditional cooking practice is characterized by incomplete combustion of biomass fuels resulting in emission of toxic smoke. Cooking women get intoxicated in this way causing diseases and the smoke also contains climate change agents like carbon monoxide. TERI felt the need to utilize the forced draft micro‚Äźgasification technology to develop an improved biomass cook stove.

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Published: 4/10/2013
Last modified: 4/10/2013

Stainless Steel New Applications - Human Health

The following examples from the ISSF Books of New Applications 2007, 2009 and 2016 show some of the possible applications with stainless steel for human health (clicking on the application will open a pdf with more information).

Published: 28/6/2013
Last modified: 28/6/2013

Stainless Steel and Safety

Stainless Steel contributes to safety through its inherent corrosion resistance, high mechanical properties and formability and energy absorption potential.

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Published: 10/5/2012
Last modified: 10/5/2012

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful medical imaging technique. MRI is based on the physical and chemical principles of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), a technique used to gain information about the nature of molecules.

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Published: 10/5/2012
Last modified: 10/5/2012

Surgical Implants

Stainless steel, together with titanium and cobaltbased alloys, is widely used for surgical implants such as hip and knee joints, fasteners, and plates. These implants may either be temporary or permanent.

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Published: 10/5/2012
Last modified: 10/5/2012

Stainless Steel Baby Bottles

Made out of 304 stainless steel, these baby bottles are unbreakable, dent resistant, light weight and environmentally friendly.

Source: organicKidz

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Published: 10/5/2012
Last modified: 10/5/2012

Stainless Steel - When Health Comes First

Decades of experience have shown that stainless steel is an exceptionally neutral and corrosion resistant material. For this reason, it is normal choice, e.g. in the food industry, in pharmaceutical production or for medical devices. Over the last few years, there has been extensive research into the behaviour of materials in applications that pertain to human health.

Source: Euro Inox

This brochure is available in English and German. Click on the language to download the brochure.

Published: 8/5/2012
Last modified: 8/5/2012