August 10, 2004
Enhancing worker safety and health in the nation's steel industry and downstream manufacturers is the focus of a new Alliance between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and three major trade associations representing basic and specialty steel producers in North America.
Known collectively as The Steel Group, the organizations include the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), and the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA).
The Alliance's goal is to provide the steel manufacturing industry, including downstream manufacturers, with information, guidance, and mentoring to further employees' health and safety. Key elements of the Alliance are developing a steel industry safety and health management process reference tool for the industry and developing electronic assistance tools relative to industry safety and health issues.
OSHA and The Steel Group will develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media that serve the steel industry, including links to Web sites maintained by OSHA and each of the group's individual organizations. Additionally, cross training will be offered between OSHA personnel and steel industry safety and health professionals in issues specific to the industry, as jointly determined by The Steel Group and the agency.
The Steel Group and OSHA also will explore opportunities to establish forums at steel-related conferences and meetings to discuss injuries and illnesses that may occur in steel industry plants. Finally, the Alliance also calls for the participants to speak, exhibit, or appear at various conferences, local meetings, or other events that serve the steel industry to promote workplace injury and illness prevention.