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portland aluminium kicks safety goals
We have all heard of the AFL, the NRL and the NBL but what about the PASL?
 
This year Portland Aluminium in Victoria launched its very own league, the Portland Aluminium Safety League (PASL), in attempts to promote an improved safety culture at site.
 
The PASL brought all areas of the Portland Aluminium smelter into teams to battle it out on the health and safety field. In the league’s inaugural year, it proved successful in making the often serious topic of safety more fun and interactive.
 
The program worked on a points and goals scoring system, similar to the AFL, where employees either scored one point or six points depending on the task, suggestion or initiative. For example, one point was awarded for identifying an unsafe work practice and six points were awarded for developing an idea to rid of an unsafe work practice. Points were also scored for gym attendance, good physical health and eating a healthy lunch, as well as honesty (based on the principle that unless challenges are acknowledged and recognised, the business cannot improve). Employees worked in teams throughout the year, to get points on the scoreboard.
 
The idea of the PASL was masterminded by former Portland Aluminium employee Matt Randell.
 
“I am passionate about health and safety and kept trying to find that factor that would appeal to all employees - and it was football,” Matt said.
 
Each team nominated a charity at the start of the PASL season – this was the charity they were playing for through the year. Every point they won contributed towards their team’s prize money. At the end of the season $30,000 dollars was donated to numerous charities including the Make a Wish Foundation, the RSPCA and the Anti Cancer Council.
 
Portland Aluminium held a grand final day in September when the overall winning team, The Switchyard Demons, was announced. The Switchyard Demons’ selected charity received $10,000.
 
Safety Manager at Portland Aluminium, Dan May, said: "This was a great initiative and I believe it has the potential to be adopted across all of our sites. It encompasses all employees and contractors and brings health and safety to the forefront in a fun and engaging way.”
 
The clear winners of the initiative were our people, our communities and our business. Portland Aluminium is looking forward to kicking off the 2009 season in a few months time.
 
employees crunch their carbon footprint
Our people have demonstrated their commitment to being part of the solution to climate change, with 15% now signed up for our successful Make an Impact program.
 
Make an Impact is a greenhouse footprint reduction program, developed by Alcoa of Australia in partnership with Greening Australia.
 
The program enables employees to calculate their household carbon footprint; identify key areas of improvement; use the helpful tips from Alcoa’s ‘Energy Centre’; make subsequent changes around their home; and recalculate their footprint each month to track their progress.
 
During the Alcoa Foundation’s Worldwide Month of Service, hundreds of employees participated in our ‘Carbon Crunch” competition, which was designed to educate employees about their personal carbon footprint and teach them how they can make a difference around their own homes.
 
To be in the running for a major prize (bike package), employees were asked to either recalculate their greenhouse footprint using the online Make an Impact calculator and make improvements around their home, or sign up to the program for the first time, calculate and make environmental home improvements.  A bike package was up for grabs at each of our Alcoa sites in WA, Victoria and NSW.
 
National Partnerships Manager, Erin Bourne said: “The competition generated a lot of awareness around climate change and I’m really pleased with that outcome because we all need to do our bit for the environment.”
 
“Every little bit helps and if our nine winners use their bike instead of their car whenever possible, hopefully it will inspire other to do the same.
 
“During Month of Service, a series of Carbon Crunch workshops were held at each site, aimed at educating and building awareness about personal responsibility in this area.
 
“As a result, there was an overwhelming response to the competition and now over 15% of our people are working together to make an impact.”
 
For more about what Alcoa is doing as a company to be part of the solution to climate change, visit www.alcoa.com.au/climatechange
 
For more about Month of Service visit: www.alcoa.com.au/monthofservice
 
For more about Make an Impact visit: www.alcoa.com.au/makeanimpact


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Ian Rundell, Hatch Engineering Alliance's team captain with Craig Simmonds from the Portland Lions Club holding the PASL Contractor Cup



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Stuart Richardson, Switchyard's team captain with representatives from the Anti Cancer Council's Portland branch - all smiles after winning the 2008 PASL season



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Our employees are crunching their carbon footprint - scroll down for full story



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Alcoa partnered with Greening Australia to devise the Make an Impact program



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Our people participated in Ride to Work Day, during Month of Service, to reduce their personal carbon emissions



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Make an Impact was highlighted during Month of Service



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A 'Carbon Crunch' water wise workshop held during Month of Service