alcoans help highlight safety in schools
With 5000 children injured and 200 hospitalised* in Australia every day, Alcoa employees are helping to change the way primary school students think about safety.
The Alcoa Foundation and the KIDS Foundation are working together to offer the ‘Safety Club Program’ to 275 schools around the country.
Students, from schools around our operations in WA and Victoria, recently participated in Safety Education and Leadership Field Days which aimed to empower kids to think about safety while still having fun.
The Field Days have become a highlight of the Safety Club Program which educates primary school students and teachers to realise that injuries and incidents are predictable and preventable. The Program strives to nurture a ‘think safe, play safe’ culture in school communities.
The KIDS Foundation/ Alcoa Foundation partnership was established in 2004. Together we have a goal of creating a safer community. Our partnership builds on Alcoa’s existing internal commitment to safety and safe-work practices.
The Geelong Supercats captain, Braith Cox, was the star recruit at the Geelong Safety Field Day session, held recently. Braith discussed playing sport safely as well as the importance of team-work and leadership. Safety representatives from Alcoa Point Henry also shared safety tips with the students.
KIDS Foundation Schools Coordinator Simone Segrave said the Geelong Field Day was an opportunity for students to learn about safety through fun, interactive activities.
“We aim to challenge and inspire students to create a safer school environment by developing their leadership potential through a variety of activities.”
Portland Aluminium employees Rick Kohlman, Mark Jacobson and Neil Daniel recently attended the KIDS Foundation Field Day at All Saints Primary School.
“We were invited along to show the kids what safety gear we use and why,” Neil said.
“We also spoke about our internal Alcoa safety programs and how similar principles would work in the playground.
“After breaking into small groups, we undertook a hazard assessment in the playground and then worked out the best ways for short and long-term fixes to these hazards.”
Neil said the kids were incredibly safety aware and took the initiative to find hazards and solutions themselves.
More than 20 students from four primary schools in the Harvey region discovered new ways of playing safely during their Field Day at Harvey Primary School.
Wagerup Refinery Safety Coordinator Dave Inwood said: “There’s nothing better than to see this great bunch of kids with a genuine concern for not only their own safety, but of everyone at their schools.
“The discussion between the kids about what to do with some of hazards they identified was brilliant. It showed that even at their young age, they understood that there’s more than one way to sort out a safety problem.”
Meantime, students from seven Pinjarra primary schools recently came together with safety representatives from Alcoa’s Pinjarra and Mining operations – sharing safety tips and practices.
Alcoa’s Mining Operations Manager, Bill Knight, said Alcoa was pleased to assist the KIDS Foundation in teaching and empowering children about safety through the Safety Club.
“The Safety Club safety education program reflects Alcoa’s own strong safety culture in preventing accidents and achieving zero injuries in the workplace” said Bill.
KIDS Foundation is a not-for-profit, health promotion charity dedicated to childhood injury prevention and injury recovery.
* 2000 Kidsafe “10 key facts about child injury in Australia” fact sheet, KidSafe, ACT website. www.kidsafe.com.au
our ‘future women of industry’ program inspires alcoa career
Jamie Delgado knew she wanted to work in industry, but it wasn’t until she participated in our ‘Future Women of Industry’ scholarship program that she realised Alcoa was the place for her.
In 2009, Jamie began work at the Kwinana Refinery as an Electrical Engineer in the Graduate program. This followed her participation in our Future Women of Industry program while in high school in 2003.
Jamie said having previously lived with her family in the North-West of WA and watching her father work in mining, she always knew industry was where she wanted to end up.
“I was already going down the path to mining, and did some vacation work up north, but wasn’t sure which discipline to follow. When I came to Alcoa for the Future Women of Industry Buddy Day, I found that the refinery process was really interesting, which helped me identify which discipline I wanted to pursue at university.
“So far, it’s been very interesting working here. I have come through some challenges and learned to network really fast!
“I have to liaise with different groups of people around the refinery and there are so many people to talk to who have years of experience and just know stuff off the top of their heads.
“At the moment I am working on sump level control, alongside the Electrical department and Environmental group.”
Jamie plans to gain her chartered status in Engineering through the help of the Graduate program.
“I feel fortunate to have a job in the current environment, and I think my participation in Future Women of Industry definitely opened my eyes to pursue a career with Alcoa.”
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