Safety and Health Topics

Basic Steel Products

The basic steel products industry group is involved in manufacturing hot metal, pig iron, and silvery pig iron from iron ore and iron and steel scrap. It also converts pig iron, scrap iron, and scrap steel into steel, and hot rolls iron and steel into basic shapes such as plates, sheets, strips, rods, bars, and tubing. This industry group also includes blast furnaces and coke ovens.  More from OSHA.

Exposures to hazards present in steel operations are addressed in specific OSHA general industry standards. This page highlights OSHA standards, Federal Registers (rules, proposed rules, and notices), directives (instructions for compliance officers), and standard interpretations related to the steel production and fabrication industry.

Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees”

Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to “comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act”.

The following has been identified by the industry as needing special attention because the majority of the most severe injuries in steel operations are likely to occur in accidents involving the following types of equipment or conditions:

The following questions and links are to information relevant to the manufacture of basic steel products. 

What OSHA standards apply?
Standards | Federal Registers | Directives | Standard Interpretations

What are some examples of hazards and possible solutions in this industry?
Lockout/Tagout | Confined Spaces | PSM | Falls | Noise | More

How can I develop and implement a safety and health program?

The IAM Safety and Health Depatrment and IAM CREST has training Programs that will help setup an effective Joint Labor and Management Safety and Health Committee. 

OSHA’s Web Page on How you can develop and implement a safety and health program?  

What additional information is available?
Safety and Health Case Study and Success Stories | News Releases | More

For more information contact the IAM Safety and Health Department at (310) 967-4704 or for safety and health training information contact Mike Hinthorn at IAM CREST at (301) 967-4707.

Parts of this article were taken from the OSHA Web Site at