Ipatinga Plant receives, for the first time in Latin America, The Annual Worldsteel Meeting on Occupational Safety and Health



Nearly 70 leaders and professionals from around the world have been participating since yesterday in Ipatinga, on the World Steel Association Annual Meeting of Occupational Safety and Health (Worldsteel), which is taking place for the first time in Latin America. During the meeting, participants from 26 steelmaking and mining companies from different countries are sharing knowledge and best practices on worker safety and health in the industrial area.

It is the 11th edition of the event, promoted by WorldSteel, an organization based in Belgium that brings together the most important steelmaking and mining companies in the world. Usiminas hosted the meeting and the schedule was opened with technical safety visits in several areas of Ipatinga Plant.

“WorldSteel is an association that has held events like this in several countries. Our goal is to engage companies in safety and health issues, reflecting and disseminating good practices. It's a way of bringing together people from different cultures around these issues”, said Andrew Purvis, director of Health, Safety and Development at the meeting.

“We think this edition at Usiminas has been fantastic. The reception we received was sensational and is an unprecedented opportunity to learn from our colleagues from Ipatinga and from other Countries. We rely on the expertise of professionals from Latin America and we hope to strengthen our ties more and more. People here are not at the beginning of the process. They already have an experience with the theme and this makes this event very positive”, added Purvis

Usiminas CEO, Sergio Leite, attended the meeting today. According to him, receiving the WorldSteel team at Usiminas is extremely important because it is an international association that brings together several companies in the steel sector. “The discussions we are bringing here are of the utmost importance because they refer to the Safety and Health of our personnel, which is a great value for Usiminas. We have worked over the years to ensure our employees an increasingly safe and healthy environment and, through events like this, we seek to bring into our operations the most modern of these issues”, he said.

The event will end next Friday, when the schedule extends to the operating area of Usiminas Mining, in Itatiaiuçu.

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