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Health and safety is at the forefront of Sheffield Forgemasters International's management philosophy. No major decision is taken at any level of the organisation, from Board level down, without due cognisance being taken of its impact on the safety of the company's employees.

Sheffield Forgemasters International’s prime objective is to ensure that its employees can come to work each day with the reasonable expectation of not being injured or exposed to the risk of ill health as a result of their work activities or working environment.

Over recent years the company has made great progress in not just maintaining, but improving, its health and safety management system and accident performance.

In December 2009 the company achieved certification to the prestigious BSOHSAS18001 Health & Safety Management System Standard, a feat achieved by very few companies of its size and complexity, operating in such a high risk environment.

The importance which Sheffield Forgemasters International attaches to health and safety is reflected in the organisational resource it dedicates to the maintenance of its Health & Safety systems and procedures.

The health and safety team is led by the Group Director Health and Safety. Health, Safety and Environment Managers operate within the management teams of the Group’s 6 operational areas to ensure that health and safety is an integral part of day to day operations management.

All the Health, Safety and Environment Managers hold appropriate NEBOSH qualifications and are competent to address all aspects of health & safety management and the maintenance of the company’s BSOHSAS18001 Health and Safety Management System.

The health and safety team also includes 3 fully qualified occupational health nurses, who provide round the clock first aid cover and routine health surveillance monitoring from a fully equipped and technologically advanced medical centre.

Health and safety training is given high priority. All the company’s management and supervisory staff hold an IOSH Managing Safely certificate, all employees involved in operational activities (including maintenance personnel) hold an IOSH Working Safely certificate and all contractors must hold a safety qualification approved by Sheffield Forgemasters International before being allowed to work on the River Don site.