Safety first: Becoming the world’s safest steel company

We believe everyone has the right to a healthy, accident-free work environment in SSAB. Our goal is to prevent all injuries and work-related illnesses and to become the world’s safest steel company.

Safety at SSAB

A fundamental requirement for working at SSAB is individual responsibility to work safely every day. All SSAB employees are asked to sign SSAB’s safety pledge, which is a commitment to always put safety first.

The safety pledge also includes contractors and other partners working at our sites. Safety work is integrated into our management system and is guided by SSAB’s Group governing documents on safety. The health and safety principles comply with or exceed all applicable laws, regulations and internal requirements. SSAB’s safety management system fulfills the requirements of ISO 45001 and is implemented at all our sites. The line organization has the overall responsibility for health and safety issues, compliance with applicable safety requirements and for carrying out risk assessments.

All divisions have annual safety targets, including both LTIF and TRIF, and report regularly on safety performance to the Group Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. All SSAB units and sites are required to systematically identify safety risks and carry out mitigation actions in order to minimize those risks. SSAB applies occupational health and safety programs as required by local legislation in each of the countries where we operate. Safety programs are normally developed by local occupational health and safety committees consisting of representatives of the local management and employees. In Sweden and Finland, SSAB has health and safety committees at all workplaces where more than 50 employees are working on a regular basis. In the US, SSAB has a variety of safety committees, which provide employees with an opportunity to participate in worker health and safety issues.

SSAB applies occupational health and safety programs as required by local legislation in each of the countries where we operate. Safety programs are normally developed by occupational health and safety committees consisting of representatives of the local management and employees. In Sweden and Finland, SSAB has health and safety committees at all workplaces where more than 50 employees are working on a regular basis. In the US, SSAB has a variety of safety committees, which provide employees an opportunity to participate in worker health and safety issues. 

Occupational Health Management

Wellbeing is a joint responsibility between the employer and the employee and facilitated by SSAB’s framework for health. During the year, a major focus has been on minimizing potential impacts of the ongoing pandemic by adapting to guidelines issued by local authorities and adjusting our workplaces to minimize the risk of being infected.

Contractor safety

Every year, hundreds of employees from external companies work at SSAB, particularly in maintenance and repairs. Based on a risk assessment, some contractors are screened for robust safety practices. SSAB also provides contractors with safety training sessions and discussion forums in order to increase their safety awareness. All contractor accidents are included in SSAB’s safety statistics regarding injury frequencies.

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