Human health

Due to its inherent properties, stainless steel is an ideal material for use in medical, food and water applications which are essential for human health.

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 English, Chinese or Japanese.

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

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].

Stainless steel: the safe choice

The aim of this paper is to show that stainless steels which have been used in a wide range of applications such as cooking utensils, sinks, food and drink industry equipment, hospital and medical equipment, prosthetic human implants, etc. are safe for human health.

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Stainless Steel and Safety

Stainless steel contributes to safety through its:

  • inherent corrosion resistance
  • high mechanical properties
  • formability and energy absorption potential


This documents lets you discover just some of the safety applications for stainless steel...

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Manufacture, processing and use of stainless steel

This review is, necessarily, a highly technical document, covering a wide range of disciplines. We have therefore prepared the résumé in less technical language. This has been approved by the IOH. The résumé describes the scope and structure of the review, and also includes a précis of the overall conclusions that can be drawn from the findings of the review.

Source: Eurofer

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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.

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

Hygienic importance of stainless steel in developing countries

Stainless steel products play an active role in improving the hygiene in restaurants, public kitchen, schools, local health centers etc. This is so, especially in emerging markets such as India, Mexico and China. One of the major features in these markets is the changing social and living-habits in the urban and rural areas. Increasing consumer preference is felt for hygienic, aesthetic and easy maintenance qualities of stainless steel in labor saving devices. Stainless steel is preferred more with reference to particularly the increasing number of women joining the work force and the attendant requirements of modern kitchen and household equipment, ready-to-use foods, emergence of fast food outlets etc. and the industrial units mushrooming in this sector.

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