As part of its commitment to the highest safety and health standards, the World Steel Association has recognised excellence in seven of its member companies for delivering demonstrable improvements in safety and health. The recognised companies this year are: For safety culture and leadership ArcelorMittal – A sustainable journey to zero accidentsInitiated in 2017 after a fatality, ArcelorMittal Long Brazil needed to redirect the health and safety strategy by creating a robust Master Plan, aiming at cultural change, valorisation of life, and safety first in decision making. JFE Steel Corporation – Horizontal development to prevent similar accidentsThe company-wide horizontal activities programme was initiated in 2020 to establish a systematic approach for preventing similar-type accidents across the company by leveraging learning from experience and effective implementation of safeguards. For occupational safety management Emirates Steel – Enhancing crane operations and rigging safetyIn 2018, Emirates Steel started implementing a comprehensive safety improvement programme focused on crane operations and rigging activities with the following key components: Lifting operations governanceCompetency enhancementManaging tools and equipmentAuditingUS Steel – Haul truck and loader tyre safety improvementUS Steel identified the Michelin Earthmover Management System (MEMS 4) as a solution to putting employees in potentially hazardous situations. One of the most critical aspects of this system is that it allows employees to check tyre pressure and temperature from a remote location, ensuring a safer working environment. For occupational health managementTata Steel – Wellness@Workplace ProgrammeTata Steel’s innovative Wellness@Workplace Programme aims to improve and maintain employees’ overall health and well-being through a unique organisation-wide platform, ensuring uniform rollout, monitoring and improvement. For process safety managementHyundai Steel – replacing high-risk tasks with quadruped robotsHyundai Steel’s Dangjin Steelworks introduced the quadruped robot (SPOT) to prevent workers from being exposed to explosion risk and related accidents. Its target is to make use of the robots in 156 gas facilities and 2,927 locations in confined areas. POSCO Holdings – Smart Safety BallThe Smart Safety Ball (SSB) is a new concept gas detector that checks the concentration of harmful gases inside confined spaces. By detecting the presence of gases in real-time, the ball prevents injuries and fatalities.