Industrial safety

One of the key missions of the ISSF is to support industry members to reduce all types of industrial injuries. The ISSF in conjunction with worldsteel has a strong skillset in industrial safety management and a powerful toolbox of informational resources to assist members on their safety improvement journeys.

Furthermore, the ISSF HSE committee and newly launched task force provides further support to members particularly when specific issues are raised. There is no doubt that in the field of industrial safety there is no competitive element between our members which therefore allows for sharing of best practices and open discussions on specific safety topics.

In support of our industry-wide safety improvement journey, two specific guidance documents have been created one covering occupational safety and one covering process safety. The diagram below shows the relative positioning of these two elements of industrial safety.

Occupational Safety and Process Safety: How they differ

We should equally never forget that the development of our safety performance in both the above areas is a journey that encompasses several multi-disciplinary approaches with behavioural safety thinking at the heart of our journey. The well-known DuPont Bradley Curve below provides both some guidance and some food for thought in how we should approach our safety performance development. Understanding our current position on the Bradley Curve is important to guide further development. Failing to understanding this starting point will invariably lead to a fire-fighting approach to safety management rather than a structured approach which will allow safety performance to improve year-on-year.

The Bradley Curve; Safety Culture Maturity Model

The two guidance documents below are meant to offer some clear safety management structure and support for our members, however they are not written to handle specific and detailed questions on safety management. Any wider and/or specific issues that are giving cause for questions and uncertainty within your organisation can be put to the ISSF team for further support and answers. Please contact Tim Collins, Secretary-General ( if you have some concerns.

Process Safety Management

Process Safety Management or PSM has been known about for several decades, particularly as a result of several historical devastating industrial disasters, within the Oil & Gas industry. The key questions explained in this document are:

  • Why is PSM important to all of us in the stainless steels industry?
  • What are the ISSF doing to support our members in PSM?
  • What can we do to protect ourselves from Process Safety Incidents?


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Occupational Safety Management

Occupational safety management (OSM) systems have been developing within our industry for many decades, supported by key pieces of legislation. In recent decades the shift towards behavioural approaches to occupational safety has become better understood, however within our industry there are recognizable different levels of maturity across all companies. This document sets out to explain the key elements of OSM systems and tackles the following key questions.

  • Why is OSM important to all of us in the stainless steel industry?
  • What are the ISSF doing to support our members in OSM?
  • What can we do to protect ourselves from Occupational Safety Incidents?


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Steel Safety Day: 28 April

Established in 2014, Steel Safety Day was set up to reinforce awareness of the five most common causes of safety incidents and to create a safer working environment across the entire steel industry worldwide.

By focusing every year on the top five causes of serious safety incidents - moving machinery, working at heights, falling objects, on-site traffic and process safety incidents - worldsteel and ISSF intend to set up a continuous improvement process and reiterate its commitment to the safety and health of the people who work in the industry.

Each year, one of the five causes is highlighted to raise awareness of the cause and how to prevent associated risks.

This activity is organised in cooperation with the World Steel Association.

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