Japan’s second largest steel maker JFE Steel announced that its West Japan Works in Kurashiki Area and East Japan Works in Chiba Area have been certified under the ISO 45001 international standard for occupational health and safety management systems. Previously, the company’s Chita Works and West Japan Works in Fukuyama Area acquired certifications in 2021, meaning that both areas of the West Japan Works, JFE Steel’s core steel works, now have been certified under ISO 45001. The company’s remaining two works at Keihin & Sendai are currently working to acquire certification within the current fiscal year ending in March 2023.The certifications for activities, which relate to the manufacturing of iron & steel, were conducted by JIC Quality Assurance Ltd based on the ISO 45001:2018 & JIS Q 45001:2018 standard. Both certifications were issued on 26 May 2022Based on the core principle that safety takes precedence over everything else, all employees at the company’s steel mills and manufacturing plants cooperate toward creating safe and healthy workplaces. To ensure autonomous and systematic management of occupational health and safety throughout the company, JFE Steel has established extensive procedures in compliance with the ISO 45001 standard. JFE Steel commitment to maintaining safe, healthy workplaces includes acquiring certification for all business sites and thereafter implementing compliant occupational health and safety management activities continuously and effectively.The ISO 45001 standard, published in March 2018 by the International Organization for Standardization, is a framework for activities implemented systematically, continuously and voluntarily, including declarations by the operator’s senior management regarding the company’s health and safety policies; investigations of hazards and/or harmful events and measures taken in response thereafter; setting of health and safety targets; and preparation, implementation, evaluation and improvement of health and safety plans.JFE Steel was established through the consolidation of NKK Corporation & Kawasaki Steel Corporation in 2003. The company operates several steelworks in Japan and numerous branch offices and affiliates throughout the world. JFE Steel had reported consolidated sales of JPY 2,255 billion and consolidated crude steel output of 23.96 million tonnes in the fiscal year ended March 2021.