Employee Health & Wellbeing
Alcoa’s occupational medicine team works:
- to maintain and promote ongoing health and well-being of Alcoa employees;
- to identify potential health risks and develop appropriate control programs;
- to detect any impact of work on employee health (injury or illness) so as to highlight the need for any further controls in occupational health and safety;
- to offer high quality treatment for work-related injury or illness; and
- to assist employees with medical conditions to participate effectively in the workplace.
Alcoa has six medical centres in its Australian operations, staffed by medical practitioners, registered nurses, physiotherapists, ergonomists, rehabilitation co-ordinators and other allied health professionals. Specialists in occupational medicine work in both the Western Australian and Victorian operations. They are Fellows of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
The aims of the occupational medicine program are achieved through the following activities:
Emergency response officers are available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for the initial management of injuries and medical emergencies that occur in the workplace. Arrangements are in place for the transfer of emergency cases to hospital.
Fitness for Duty
Fitness for duty refers to the assessment of an individual employee’s medical fitness to undertake a specific job at Alcoa’s operations. This helps Alcoa to ensure employees can safely perform their duties without risk to themselves or others.
Fitness for duty assessments are undertaken before employees commence employment and periodically for employees undertaking specific jobs. An example of this is vision and hearing testing to ensure mobile equipment can be operated safely.
Health surveillance programs are designed to monitor employee health in the workplace. Health surveillance programs help to protect employee health in two main ways:
- they identify individual employee health issues requiring follow up; and
- consolidated data is used to inform operations of the need for further controls.
An example of a health surveillance program is one designed to detect early hearing loss.
The aim of health promotion programs is to improve the understanding of health issues, giving employees and community members the opportunity to make better informed lifestyle decisions.
For our employees, health promotion includes:
- Medical screening for diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and other conditions;
- Exercise programs and access to exercise facilities;
- Provision of healthy meal options in site canteens;
- Targeted access to dieticians;
- Quit smoking programs;
- Annual influenza vaccinations; and
- Regular educational programs on a range of subjects including men’s and women’s health issues, cardiovascular health, coping with stress, coping with shiftwork and its impact on health and family life, diet, physical fitness, noise, and safety at home.
Alcoa employees’ families and the wider community benefit from education and outreach programs including:
- Distribution of health information;
- Community partnerships with health or safety organisations (Garven Institute, Telethon Institute, KIDS Foundation); and
- Promotion of community sporting events for employees and the broader community.
Rehabilitation services are provided to employees to aid recovery from both work-related and non-work related injury or illness. Programs are tailored to each individual employee according to their needs.
Alcoa provides access to appropriate pre-travel advice, vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis and travel medical kits for all employees undertaking overseas business travel.
All employees travelling overseas on business have access to emergency medical care via International SOS.
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