​9. Safety equipment and procedures

Safety equipment

The contractor shall ensure that its employees have personal safety equipment that is at least equivalent to that prescribed by Avesta Steelworks for the worksite in question. It is the contractor's responsibility to provide personal safety equipment for its employees. We require that, for loading and unloading using cranes and overhead travelling cranes, haulage companies provide employees with helmets and safety boots. These must be worn during loading and unloading. Safety equipment must be approved and, where so required, officially inspected and passed.


Work above the floor - or ground level

Even where you operate alone at the worksite, all work at heights must go through the health and safety coordination procedure. Lifting equipment must have been officially inspected and passed. When working at heights exceeding 2 metres, a fall protection harness must be used if there is no protective rail. The fall protection equipment must be approved and a valid certificate must be available on demand. Any faults discovered during safety inspections must be corrected.


Safety procedures

Hot work

All people carrying out hot work must have the necessary qualifications. It must be possible to prove the validity of qualifications. Before commencing welding or other comparable work involving a fire risk, permission must have been issued by the appropriate, authorised supervisor.

Gas (oxygen, acetylene, liquefied petroleum gas, etc.) may not be brought into the complex. It shall always be obtained from our central store. Gas packets and bottles must be sited so that they can be quickly removed from the building. If the hoses have not been disconnected from the bottles, gas nozzles must not be stored in tightly sealing boxes. Flashback arrestors and non-return valves must be fitted.


Electrical work

Permission must be obtained for changeovers, disconnections or other electrical work. Permission is issued by the Electrical Group Supervisor for the plant in question. Anyone undertaking electrical work must be able, on request to produce a current, recognised course certificate in the relevant area. All relevant laws must also be observed. Avesta Steelworks requires that all of its safety regulations are observed. This applies to own employees, contractors' employees and the employees of any subcontractors.

Blasting and excavations

No blasting or excavation work may be carried out without the permission of the Property Manager, tel. +46 (0)226-815 51

Shafts, pits and openings

Cordon off and mark the risk area.

Work in closed, confined spaces

Before commencing work, check that the space is empty, clean and ventilated. You must also ensure that it has a guaranteed supply of fresh air.

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