Meet our people: Anu Hirvonen on safety mission at Worldsteel
December 22, 2015 21:35 CET 6 min read
Anu Hirvonen is currently on two-year assignment at Worldsteel, where she works as Fellow in Safety and Health Programme. Worldsteel represents over 150 steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel-research institutes. We interviewed Anu about her challenges and views of her new job in September just after she moved to Brussels with her family.
How has your career progressed at SSAB?I began as a summer trainee at Ruukki Construction’s Vantaa office in Finland in 2005. I also did my diploma thesis in industrial engineering for Ruukki. After that, I took a permanent post in the corporate technology organization, where, among other things, my job included new product development and innovations. After a few years of parental leave, I switched to working with SSAB One in Hämeenlinna and now I’ve become safety manager at Worldsteel.
You’re now on assignment at Worldsteel – tell us moreWorldsteel has a Fellowship program, which is a management development exchange program, open to people from around the world. My job title is safety manager and the main goal of the position is to promote safety in the steel industry.
What’s your normal working day like?We’ve just moved to Brussels and my time here so far has been spent dealing with practical things and learning about the job from my predecessor. Before moving to Brussels, I managed to attend Worldsteel safety conference in Saudi Arabia. My job entails a lot of collaboration and sharing information with safety specialists in different companies – usually by email or phone conferencing because we work in different parts of the world.
Our other responsibilities include compiling safety statistics in the steel industry, giving awards for good practices, holding workshops and safety audits and organizing the annual Steel Safety day. We also share information about things like serious accidents. Since steel production facilities are very similar throughout the world, sharing information about a serious accident at one site can prevent something similar happening at other sites.