A new alliance between OSHA and three major trade associations representing basic and specialty steel producers in North America is designed to enhance worker safety and health in the nation’s steel industry.

Known collectively as The Steel Group, the organizations include the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), and the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA).

The alliance's goal is to provide the steel manufacturing industry, including downstream manufacturers, with information, guidance and mentoring to further employees' health and safety. Key elements of the alliance are the development of a steel industry safety and health management process reference tool for the industry, and the development of electronic assistance tools relative to safety and health issues in the industry.

OSHA and The Steel Group will develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media that serve the steel industry. Cross-training will be offered between OSHA personnel and steel industry safety and health professionals in issues specific to the industry.

The Steel Group and OSHA will also explore opportunities to establish forums at steel-related conferences and meetings to discuss injuries and illnesses that may occur in steel industry plants.