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Sharing Safety

Smorgon and BlueScope Share the Journey
POSCO Learns from Port Kembla Steelworks
BlueScope Steel Safety Support Helps Tilecoat Win Contract
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Smorgon and BlueScope Steel Share the Journey

Continuing BlueScope Steel's commitment to shared safety, a team of business and operational managers from Smorgon Steel Tube Mills spent a day at the Port Kembla Steelworks, as part of their journey towards an injury-free workplace.

Smorgon Steel Tube Mills General Manager, Tony Schreiber recognised BlueScope Steel as a leader in workplace safety and described our safety practices as influential across an entire industry sector. The Smorgon Steel Management Team was appreciative of our willingness to share our workplace safety experiences and felt that BlueScope Steel made a difference beyond the gates of Port Kembla.

The Smorgon team was keen to discuss safety at a variety of levels within BlueScope Steel. The visit included discussions with members of our Safety team, as well as visits to the Hot Strip Mill and Springhill Works. These plant visits provided an opportunity for open discussion about safety with a wide variety of mill personnel.

The team left Port Kembla with a renewed resolve that they could and would make step changes in their safety journey.

Key learnings from the visit to BlueScope Steel subsequently helped form the basis of Smorgon Steel Tube Mills' renewed Safety Management Plan, launched in July 2005.

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POSCO Learns from Port Kembla Steelworks

Representatives from Korean steelmaker POSCO visited BlueScope Steel's Port Kembla operations in April 2005, to study our approach to safety.

POSCO produces 30 million tonnes of steel each year and regularly networks on a number of topics with BlueScope Steel.

During the visit, the POSCO team was given a short presentation on BlueScope Steel's approach to safety, followed by a tour of the No 6 Blast Furnace, where discussions centered on safely running a blast furnace.

Occupational Health and Safety Governance Manager, Huw Thomas, said it was a great reflection on the reputation of BlueScope Steel's employees that POSCO would send its people so far to learn from our people.

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BlueScope Steel Safety Support Helps Tilecoat Win Contract

BlueScope Steel Queensland and Northern Territory's safety advice and support, has helped Tilecoat, our roof restoration partner, win a significant external contract.

Queensland and Northern Territory Consumer Technical Representative, Lewie Ivanovski said sharing our learnings about Job Safety Analysis (JSA) had led to Tilecoat being awarded the contract.

BlueScope Steel provided advice, supported and worked with Tilecoat to ensure their safety systems were effective.

Tilecoat was awarded the A$100,000 contract on the basis of their planned safety systems, particularly risk analysis and JSA's.

Tilecoat Manager Rod Jenman said the contract win had reinforced for employees that safety not only saves lives but is good business.

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BlueScope Steel shares workplace safety experiences with other organisations.

BlueScope Steel shares workplace safety experiences with other organisations.