ISSF announces winners of Safety and Sustainability Awards

Chicago, 23 May 2019 – The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has announced the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in the categories Sustainability and Safety during their 23rd conference (ISSF-23) which was held in Chicago.

Safety Awards
The ISSF introduced a Safety Award Programme which invited members to submit good ideas from their Safety Programmes. Those good ideas are circulated among other members, following the simple premise that everyone can learn from the mistakes or accidents of others. The winners have the benefit of peer recognition and a Certificate which can be used in their own publications. Everyone who submits an entry is recognised by having their entry included in the ISSF Annual Safety Awards Report, which is circulated to all members and published on the ISSF extranet.

  • Gold Award:  Aperam – for the “leave your phone in your locker!” project (click here)
  • Silver Award: Outokumpu – for the material loading and unloading improvements (click here)
  • Silver Award: NIPPON STEEL Stainless Steel Corporation – for the activities to establish heatstroke-free workplaces (click here)
  • Bronze Award: Acerinox S.A. – for the use of the exoskeleton to prevent injuries (click here)

Sustainability Awards
Where it was once sufficient to show you did not discharge hazardous waste to water air or land; and to show you recycled and used recycled scrap; and to show you measured your CO2 emissions; now the scope of sustainability is widening year by year.

This is a non-competitive issue and one where bench-marking against best in field practices is surely beneficial for the industry as a whole. It is important to show the public and the local, regional and central governments an industry which is determined to do what is practically possible to sustain the environment.

To provide a platform from which best practices can be circulated, and to inspire deeper thought about these issues, the ISSF surveys its membership every year about best practices in Sustainability and publishes the results, so that each can learn from the others. To encourage participation, a competition is held, based on the responses from members to select the best entry, followed by two runners-up. These Awards have value, because they are a recognition of excellence in this field, and the Certificates may be used in promotional literature.

  • Gold Award:      North American Stainless – for the AOD dust reuse (click here)
  • Silver Award:    Bahru Stainless – for recovering metal and treating it as value added metal ingots (click here)
  • Bronze Award:  Nippon Yakin Kogyo – for the implementation of energy saving by an insulated gate bipolar transistor element (click here)