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Steel manufacturing is one of the largest and most complex industries in the world, and with this comes a few challenges. To create steel, Iron Ore is melted in a blast furnace in a reducing atmosphere. Iron ore is a mineral composed of Iron (Fe) and Oxygen (O2). By melting Iron Ore in a reducing atmosphere at 1,250 °C, the Oxygen is removed, and the Iron Ore is produced. Melting substances at such high temperatures results in toxic gases and chemicals potentially escaping into the atmosphere, for example carbon monoxide (CO), ammonia (NH₃), methane (CH4), benzene (C6H6) and nitrogen (N).
Blast furnaces, coke ovens, and sinter and iron production are hazardous processes which require a great deal of caution and monitoring. Steel manufacturing occurs in confined spaces, and when combined with scorching temperatures, heat and fatigue stress, and potential gas leaks, worker safety is crucial when it comes to the steel manufacturing industry.
Some of the main challenges faced while working in the steel manufacturing industry include:
Toxic Gases and Chemical Exposure
- Very high exposure to toxic gases, particularly carbon monoxide, which comes in clouds at unpredictable intervals
- Inhalation or contact leading to chemical burns, lung damage, blindness, or even a fatality
Slips, Trips, and Falls
- Ranking 1st in the cause of injuries among steel workers worldwide
- Falling from heights
- Slipping and tripping over equipment, uneven ground, or obstructed walkways
Harsh and Rugged Environmental Conditions
- Hot environment, which may be leading to heat stress/fatigue
- Machinery misuse due to heat stress/fatigue
- Steel mills and construction sites aren’t quiet environments. Hearing loss is common among steel workers, especially when proper ear protection isn’t used religiously. Continuous harsh noise also takes a psychological toll, leading to fatigue and anxiety