Zero Harm safety awards


The annual Zero Harm Awards recognise significant achievements in our Zero Harm journey, helping make BlueScope a safer place to work.

Each business conducted their own health and safety recognition programs to acknowledge exceptional contributions to safety performance and culture.  The winners of these business safety programs were submitted for consideration in each of the Zero Harm award categories.

In addition, awards are given for Best Zero Harm performance, and Most Improved Zero Harm performance, as measured by LTIFR and MTIFR results. 

Best Zero Harm Performance award:  BlueScope Vietnam

FY2015: LTIFR 0.00, MTIFR 0.90. As at 30 June 2015 BlueScope Vietnam had maintained zero LTIFR for 6.1 million hours

Most Improved Zero Harm Performance award:  New Zealand Steel & Pacific Islands

FY2015: LTIFR 0.48 – 75 per cent improvement on FY2014, MTIFR 3.60 – 41 per cent improvement

Felt Leadership award:  Richard Beker, Victorian Processing Leader, BANZ Processing & Logistics, Sunshine

In the last three years Richard has led safety improvements and engagement at Sunshine, coaching employees to challenge and improve safety standards and to make site improvements. He uses creative ideas to keep safety fresh, and has led sessions on forklift damage prevention, load restraint training, and driver safety zones. Site safety statistics have improved over this time.

Safety Champion award:  Nuin Anak Sekop, Factory Supervisor, Lysaght Sarawak, Malaysia

Nuin is a site safety leader and the only factory employee to achieve the highest top 3 SOR (safety auditing) reporting award for three years running. Nuin always talks to new employees, family, friends and his local village community about his own safety experiences and BlueScope safety practices such as Switch On Safety and the hand safety campaign. Nuin practices a ‘lead by example’ approach with operators and other colleagues, and never misses an opportunity to lead a safety audit.

Safe & Healthy People award:  iCare Recipes for Safety, Services & Manufacturing Excellence team - BANZ Manufacturing, Port Kembla

The Services and Manufacturing Excellence team adopted ‘iCare’ to brand their safety philosophy. One initiative was to encourage the team to collate their safety knowledge and expertise in ‘iCare -Recipes for Safety’ which has been recognised as contributing to increased engagement and improved safety performance. In FY2015 LTIFR reduced from 1.26 to zero, and MTIFR came down from 3.76 to 2.73.

Safe & Tidy Plant award:  Exhaust Fume Reduction, Nguyen Van Linh, Maintenance Team Leader, BlueScope Vietnam, Phu My

The Maintenance and Engineering Team volunteered to lead a project to address a fume hazard at the paint oven exit, successfully reducing fumes by 80-90 per cent, and contributing to other improvements including removing the need to wear a full mask respirator, improving visibility in the area, eliminating a slippery floor hazard and reducing the need to clean from monthly to six monthly. In addition, it has increased operator productivity, reduced work load and reduced the safety risk.

Safe Systems award:  Pickle Line De-Banding Robot, Steelscape Kalama, North America

A team was put together to research a robot that would remove bands from coils and reduce human interactions. The Kalama site now has “Robbie” the robot for de-banding coils that has helped eliminate employee interactions with forklifts, ergonomic issues from manually cutting banding, and laceration hazards. The robot has reduced employee manually de-banding of coils by around 90 per cent, and has eliminated 95 per cent of forklift and pedestrian interactions in the area.