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Basic Steel Products
The basic steel products industry is involved in manufacturing hot metal, pig iron, and silvery pig iron from iron ore and iron and steel scrap. It also converts pig iron, scrap iron, and scrap steel into steel, and hot rolls iron and steel into basic shapes such as plates, sheets, strips, rods, bars, and tubing. This industry also uses blast furnaces and coke ovens.
Exposures to hazards present in steel operations are addressed in specific OSHA standards for General Industry.
Hazards and Solutions
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Safety and Health Programs
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Workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA’s rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.
How to Contact OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.