Technology Committees


Safety & Health Committee Activities

The SHTC met 7 May 2018, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Robbie Woods, California Steel Industries Inc.

  • Vice chair: Justin Hoover, Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • Papers chair: Ricky Rollins, Ricky Rollins Safety Speeches LLC

  • Education co-chairs: Brad Bray, California Steel Industries Inc., and Malcom Dunbar, Edw. C. Levy Co.

The HSRTC and SHTC met 24–25 January 2018, Memphis, Tenn., USA.
The HSRTC and SHTC met separately the morning of 24 January. The HSRTC had 33 members in attendance, with producer members from Steel Dynamics Inc., ArcelorMittal, Nucor and the meeting’s host mill, Big River Steel.
Nominations for leaders of the HSRTC were received for the 2018–2019 term. Formal election will take place during the committee’s next meeting at AISTech.
Meeting attendance was discussed; particularly, how to engage more producers. Joint meetings, like this one, are being received with great enthusiasm.
A lengthy discussion on meeting sites was held. There is interest within the group to see an integrated mill with ironmaking capabilities, as well as visiting end users that are consuming hot strip products.
Bill Seres, HSRTC chair, encouraged a set format for each meeting to allow for producers to present on specific topics to ensure the same type of discussion at every meeting, and for suppliers to have time to develop effective and non-commercial presentations.
The HSRTC reviewed the technical program for AISTech 2018. The committee has arranged four sessions. Session chairs took time to review the session layout.
There was much interest regarding the Hot Sheet and Plate Rolling Fundamentals — Practical Training Seminars, which were held 25 February–1 March 2018 in Mobile, Ala., USA. Extra work has been done this year to update and blend a common look throughout all the presentations.
The group discussed the AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB®) with help from past HSRTC chair and current Board of Directors representative, David Hamblin. Lead participation continues to be demonstrated by the ironmaking group. At least one idea was to consider integrating some form of published Bureau of Labor Statistics/International Trade Administration data, which may increase the APB value.
Potential safety case study topics were discussed, including the start-ups of SeverCorr and Big River Steel. Mobile equipment safety and the use of ultrasonic sensors was brought up during this discussion. Many new vehicles include a “parking assist” feature based on ultrasonic sensors. The potential exists to retrofit mobile equipment with an ultrasonic alert system.
The SHTC had 13 members in attendance, five of which were producers. The 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities were reviewed.
Justin Hoover, SHTC papers chair, finalized the committee’s AISTech 2018 technical sessions. The SHTC has scheduled two sessions, for a total of eight papers. The roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.
Nominations were taken for SHTC officers for the 2018–2019 term.
The 2020 AIME intra-societal safety conference was discussed. This is a joint-association Safety Conference between AIST; The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS); the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME); and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is planned for June 2020 in Philadelphia, Pa., USA. The subcommittee representing AIST includes Brad Bray and Malcom Dunbar.
The SHTC mission statement will be revised to reflect and encourage producer participation. A subcommittee has been formed to accomplish this revision.
The criteria for the AIST Safety and Health Innovation Award were reviewed. As of press time, no selection has been made for AISTech 2018. However, the 2018 AIST Don B. Daily Award will be presented during the SHTC meeting at AISTech 2018.
Also discussed were Safety First articles for 2018. SHTC members were encouraged to write an article or reach out to a co-worker to write an article.
The Fall 2018 SHTC meeting location was discussed. A possible joint meeting with another Technology Committee will be held 12–13 October 2018 (tentative).
After lunch, the committees met together for the following technical presentations and discussions:

  • A presentation on 2017 steel industry fatalities by Malcom Dunbar, SHTC chair.

  • “Big River Steel Safety,” by Bob Carter.

  • “Arc Flash — The Impact of Your Electrical System Maintenance and Testing on Arc Flash,” by Keith Mullen, Leidos.

  • “SDI Columbus Hot Mill Safety,” by Robbie Brock, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division.

The next day, attendees were given a tour of Big River Steel, where they spent considerable time in the cold rolling and finishing end of operations.

Bob Carter (center), Big River Steel safety manager, accepted a plaque of appreciation from Bill Seres (right), HSRTC chair, and Malcom Dunbar (left), SHTC chair.

The SHTC met 19–20 September 2017, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., USA. The SHTC reviewed the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a roundtable discussion. The committee was reminded how they can and should reach out to fellow SHTC members to share safety-related information.
A subcommittee was formed to develop a Safety and Health Conference program for September 2019 in collaboration with the AIST Midwest Member Chapter vendor fair.
The AIST Don B. Daily Safety Award criteria were revised and approved. This award was established in 2009 in honor of Don B. Daily, president of Gallatin Steel, for his leadership and undeniable passion to improve safety throughout the steel industry. Daily was an advocate of safety and had the profound effect of making safety personal with everyone he met. The Don B. Daily Safety Award is presented to the author of a safety or health presentation judged by the SHTC to be best presented during any one of the following events: the Safety and Health Technology Specialty Conference, the Globe-Trotters annual meeting, an SHTC meeting; a Safety First article published in Iron & Steel Technology; or as a safety or health technical presentation at AISTech. This award will be presented at the following year’s AISTech conference during the SHTC meeting. The 2018 Don B. Daily Safety Award nominee will be announced at the winter 2018 SHTC meeting.
The SHTC proposed new Technology Committee awards: the AIST Safety & Health Innovation Awards. These annual awards celebrate the diverse nature of the steel industry in the area of safety and health. The steel industry is full of inventors and innovators who make the industry work well while keeping people safe. The SHTC wants to recognize and celebrate those who contribute so much to the safety and health of employees. This new award was approved by the committee.
Justin Hoover, SHTC papers chair, discussed the AISTech 2018 session development. Two sessions will be scheduled. Session chairs were selected, and the instructions for papers chair and session chair were reviewed.

Presentations were given by the following attendees:

  • Ricky Rollins, Ricky Rollins Safety Speeches.

  • Jeff Ryan, Heat Combustion Solutions LLC: Creating a safe working environment.

  • Jon VanSpronson, Tebulona: Safely moving materials.

  • Jason Burns, SMS group: Rigging and lifting safely.

  • Rob Hruskoci, Advanced Marketing: Material handling equipment safety.

Scott Hatchell (center), director of safety, health, security, Nucor Steel–Berkeley, accepts a plaque of appreciation from Robbie Woods (left), SHTC vice chair, and Justin Hoover (right), SHTC papers chair, for hosting the SHTC’s tour.
 
 
 
Malcom Dunbar (left) presented Joanne Zaraliakos (right) with the SHTC service plaque.

The SHTC met 9 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Malcom Dunbar, Edw. C. Levy Co.

  • Vice chair: Robbie Woods, California Steel Industries Inc.

  • Papers chair: Justin Hoover, Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • Education chair: Brad Bray, California Steel Industries Inc.

 

 

Jeff Roach, galvanizing manager at Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus was presented with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the SHTC and GTC (left to right): Nathan Wenning, GTC vice chair; Bill Lucas, GTC chair; Roach; and Malcom Dunbar, SHTC vice chair.

The SHTC and GTC met 1–2 March 2017, Columbus, Miss., USA. The committees reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Each committee finalized its AISTech 2017 technical sessions. The roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.
Committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place at each committee’s meeting during AISTech 2017.
The committees discussed their fall meetings. The GTC’s meeting will possibly be held in Memphis, Tenn., USA, with Big River Steel or Nucor Steel–Arkansas serving as host plant. The SHTC’s fall meeting will be held on 19–20 September 2017 in Charleston, S.C., USA, with Nucor Steel–Berkeley serving as host plant.

The following technical presentations were given:

  • “Ceramic Bearings — Four Case Studies,” by Mark Hall, McDanel Advanced Ceramic Technologies.

  • “From Start to End Where Coatings Offer Advantages on Rolls,” by Charles Kay, ASB Industries Inc.

  • “Pot Solutions,” by Michael Brennan, Praxair Surface Technologies.

  • “Pot Rig Maintenance Practices and Equipment Repairs,” by Chad Donovan, SMS Technical Services in cooperation with Duma BandZinc and FOEN.

  • “Pot Equipment Refurbishment,” by Jonathan Minucci, Atlas Machine & Supply.

  • “Recommended Practices to Improve Inductor Life,” by Bert Armstrong, Inductotherm Corp.

  • “Exposure Monitoring at Galvanizing Lines,” by Barry Momyer, AM Health and Safety Inc.

  • “Overhead Crane Safety Lighting Innovations,” by Susan Snapp, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus.

  • “SDI Columbus Plant Overview and Safety Requirements,” Jeff Roach, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus.

The SHTC and GTC enjoyed a tour of the Steel Dynamics In. – Flat Roll Group Columbus galvanizing department during their joint meeting on 1–2 March 2017. 

 

 

Joanne Zaraliakos (right), SHTC chair, presented Elizabeth Shaw (center) and Shannon Clark (left) with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the SHTC’s and PCMTC’s tour of the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. No. 6 galvanizing line.

The SHTC and PCMTC met 21–22 September 2016, Burlington, Ont., Canada. The group reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Each committee reviewed its technical session development for AISTech 2017. The PCMTC and SHTC each have three sessions planned. The roles of session chairs and papers chair were reviewed.
An update was given on the Project Excellence Award, as well as the Managing Technology training conference, which will be held on 12–14 September 2017 at Big River Steel in Osceola, Ark., USA.
The Safety and Health Conference was also discussed. Those interested in participating should contact Brad Bray, SHTC education chair.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Drone Technology and Uses in the Industry,” by Kurt Schmiegel and Steve Jones, DLZ Industrial.

  • “Innovations with Machine and Conveyor Guarding,” by Chris Allen of Guardsmart.

  • “Gas Odorization Process,” by Pierre Braud and Marta Santorroman of ARKEMA.

  • “Executing a Major Maintenance Outage,” by David Marshall, Performance Improvement Online; Andrea Kuciak, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.; and Carlo Odoardi, COCO Net Inc.

Joanne Zaraliakos (left) and Malcom Dunbar (right) presented the SHTC service plaque to Barry Momyer(center).

The SHTC met 18 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Joanne Zaraliakos, U. S. Steel Canada – Hamilton Works

  • Vice chair: Malcom Dunbar, Edw. C. Levy Co.

  • Papers chair: Robbie Woods, California Steel Industries Inc.

The SHTC met 20–21 January 2016, San Antonio, Texas, USA. The SHTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. 
The SHTC reviewed its AISTech 2016 technical sessions, which are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Session chairs were also named.
2015 Safety and Health Fundamentals: Mexico, which was held in December 2015, was reviewed. The conference was held thanks to the support of the AIST Mexico Member Chapter. A recap of the conference was published in the February 2016 issue of Iron & Steel Technology. Brad Bray, SHTC education chair, will develop a new training seminar for other AIST Member Chapters to consider in the future.
Nominations for SHTC officers for the 2016–2017 term were accepted.
Safety First articles for 2016 issues of Iron & Steel Technology were discussed. All SHTC members are encouraged to write or recommend someone to participate as a Safety First author in 2016. Contact Pat Philbin to submit a Safety First article at pphilbin@aist.org.
The 2016 AIST Don B. Daily Award will be presented at AISTech 2016 during the SHTC meeting.  
SHTC producer members were invited to take part in future AIST study tours.
The AIST safety certification program was discussed. The SHTC expressed concerns, including liability concerns and the ability to maintain such certification. The SHTC feels there is a need to establish qualified safety auditors for the steel industry, which could, in turn, impact future agendas of the Safety and Health Conference.
In the afternoon, the SHTC met with the PCMTC for presentations on owner-controlled insurance programs (OCIP) by Scott Belamy and Ed Davis of Wells Fargo Insurance Services.  

The SHTC met 1 September 2015, Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The SHTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a roundtable discussion. The possibility of including coverage of steel industry fatality statistics on AIST.org was discussed, as well as an AIST safety certification program.
An update was given on the 2015 Mexico Safety and Health Conference, which will be held 1–4 December in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. More information about this conference can be found in this issue of Iron & Steel Technology on pages 140–141.
Malcom Dunbar, SHTC papers chair, discussed AISTech 2016 and the abstracts that have been received. The SHTC will hold three paper sessions.
The recipient of the 2016 Don B. Daily Award was selected. This award will be presented at the SHTC meeting during AISTech 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.

 

The 2015–2016 SHTC officers were recognized at AISTech 2015 (left to right): Robbie Woods, Joanne Zaraliakos and Malcom Dunbar.

The SHTC met 6 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Barry Momyer, AM Health & Safety Inc.

  • Vice chair — Joanne Zaraliakos, U. S. Steel Canada–Hamilton Works

  • Papers chair — Malcom Dunbar, Edw. C. Levy Co.

  • Members chair — Robbie Woods, California Steel Industries Inc.

  • Education chair — Brad Bray, California Steel Industries Inc.

  • APB® chair — Butch Collins, Nucor Steel Gallatin

Meeting Highlights:
The SHTC discussed its objectives for the coming year. Also discussed was an AIST Safety Certification program.
The 2015 Safety and Health Fundamentals  Technology Training Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, on 1–3 September 2015. Steel Dynamics Inc. – Engineered Bar Products Div. will serve as host plant.
The 2015 Mexico Safety and Health Conference will be held in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico, on 1–3 December 2015. Six SHTC producer representatives will give presentations at this first international safety and health conference: Brad Bray and Robbie Woods, Butch Collins, Justin Hoover of Steel Dynamics Inc., Jeff Adams of CMC Americas, and Joanne Zaraliakos. Three previous Don B. Daily Award winners will also  give presentations: Matt  Moore  of Harsco, Malcom Dunbar and Butch Collins.
Butch Collins gave an update on the Steel Industry Fatalities status. Collins gave a presentation before the AIST Board of Directors requesting that the Steel Industry Fatalities report be posted on AIST.org.
Safety First articles were solicited from SHTC members for publication in Iron & Steel Technology.
The SHTC discussed the “safety aisle” for the AISTech 2016 Exhibit Hall in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. Safety vendors will be approached for a commitment to participate.

The SHTC met 18–19 March 2015, Mobile, Ala., USA. Nominations for committee officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed. The nominations were then announced at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
An update was given on Safety and Health Fundamentals, which will be held on 1–3 September 2015 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. An update was also given on the 2015 Mexico Safety and Health Conference, which will be held on 1–3 December 2015 in Monterrey, Mexico.
The schedule of Safety First articles was reviewed. SHTC members were encouraged to submit Safety First articles for publication in Iron & Steel Technology.
A review was given of the AIST Safety Certification Program from the AIST Leadership Conference. The SHTC will establish a subcommittee to investigate the possibility of a safety certification program for the steel industry offered by the AIST, Steel Manufacturers Assocation and American Iron and Steel Institute. Those interested in participating should contact Pat Philbin.
The fatality statistics spreadsheet was reviewed for posting on AIST.org. Butch Collins presented this information to the AIST Board of Directors at AISTech 2015 to express the need to effectively communicate these fatality statistics online.
Shannon Johnson gave a safety review for the SSAB Mobile facility preceding the SHTC’s tour. The SHTC were also given a tour of AM/NS Calvert LLC.

The SHTC met 5–6 November, Ontario, Calif., USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.   
Malcom Dunbar, 2015 SHTC papers chair, led the discussion on AISTech 2015 technical session development:

  • Two sessions are scheduled for the SHTC.

  • The following SHTC members were nominated as session chairs: Jim Alesia, Barry Momyer, Malcom Dunbar, Brad Bray, Butch Collins, Joanne Zaraliakos and Robbie Woods.

  • Papers chair and session chair instructions were reviewed.

The group reviewed the SHTC’s description for the AISTech 2016 Call for Papers.
The 2015 schedule for “Safety First” articles for Iron & Steel Technology was reviewed, and SHTC members were encouraged to participate.
The SHTC proposed to the Environment Technology Committee to form a subcommittee to encourage exhibitors to participate in the AISTech 2015 Exhibit Hall, with a special section for hands-on demonstrations.
Brad Bray, SHTC education chair, gave an update on the 2015 Safety and Health Conference, to be held 1–3 September 2015 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The plant host will be Steel Dynamics Inc. – Engineered Bar Products Div.
Bray also discussed a 2015 Safety and Health Conference to be held in Mexico jointly with the AIST Mexico Member Chapter on 1–3 December 2015 in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico.
The following presentations were given:

  • 3D Visualization for Safety Training in the Steel Industry,” by Joanne Zaraliakos, U. S. Steel Canada.

  • Difference in Surface Lead Concentrations in a Steel Mill,” by Justin Hoover, Steel Dynamics Inc.