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Health and safety

SSAB strives to be the safest steel company in the world, with an objective to achieve zero accidents, work-related injuries or illnesses. Ensuring a safe and secure environment for our employees, contractors and visitors is our highest priority.

Safety in focus

Every SSAB employee has a personal responsibility to work safely every day; it is a fundamental requirement for working at SSAB. Occupational safety is an important part of how we operate, and it is integrated into our management system. In addition to safety, SSAB focuses on preventive health care and wellness to promote the overall well-being of employees. In order to achieve our objective of zero accidents, injuries and work-related illnesses, SSAB will do the following:

  • Ensure safety is an integral part of all activities and decisions throughout the company
  • Cooperate to prevent accidents and work-related illness by identifying, evaluating and removing risks
  • Systematically identify and eliminate the root causes of accidents and near misses which have occurred, with the aim of preventing them from happening
  • Ensure that management and the line organizations are responsible for occupational safety, assisted by occupational safety specialists. All SSAB employees are responsible for their own safety and for that of others in their own working environment. Employees must interrupt and instruct colleagues and contractors when they take a risk or fail to comply with established safety rules. All work which is not performed safely must be discontinued
  • Ensure that all managers lead by example. They are responsible for the work environment and must serve as good role models
  • Ensure that all employees are provided with all necessary instructions, as well as the training and equipment necessary for facilitation of safe work methods
  • Comply with or exceed all applicable laws, regulations and SSAB requirements
  • Establish clear objectives and carry out regular monitoring to ensure that these objectives are fulfilled

Safety management in SSAB

TTo improve safety performance, SSAB has a company-wide safety expert group and safety management team. The safety management team consists of senior management of operations from all SSAB divisions, as well as subsidiaries Tibnor and Ruukki Construction. The safety management team is the decision-making body on safety issues relevant for the company. The team is also responsible for promoting a positive safety culture within the company. The chairman of the team for 2016 was Sakari Kallo, Vice President of Operations in SSAB Europe.  

The main objective of the safety expert group is to share information on divisional safety programs, achieved results, best practices, information on serious incidents, and recommendations on preventive actions. The group also prepares company-wide safety initiatives to be decided in the safety management team. SSAB´s safety management system fulfills the requirements of international standard OHSAS 18001.


Every year, hundreds of employees from external companies work at SSAB, particularly in the areas of maintenance and repairs. Contractor companies are screened for strong safety practices, and partner companies work together with SSAB to ensure the safety of anyone working at an SSAB facility. SSAB also provides contractors with safety training sessions and discussion forums, in order to increase their safety awareness.

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