Case Study:
Portland employees give their all to KIDS safety
The Portland Aluminium smelter has really embraced the KIDS Foundation partnership implementing and integrating the program into the smelter’s culture and initiating a number of extra activities.
Safety in Schools
Each of Alcoa’s operating locations in Australia support the Safety in Schools program. At Portland Aluminium the partnership supports Alcoa Field Days, which actively engages regional schools and community groups in an educational, informative and activity-based way focused on safety.
All Portland Aluminium employees are involved in the field days, with the smelter’s safety club program run at seven local primary schools. Safety club members receive special training and work to improve safety at school and beyond, and our employees regularly visit schools to pass on safety tips and knowledge.
Safety 4 Kids
Portland Aluminium’s Safety 4 KIDS program is a key feature of the KIDS Foundation partnership. This program aligns the smelter’s safety performance to providing funds to KIDS Foundation, by way of a $1,000 donation for every recordable injury free week achieved on site.  In 2007 this led to a $38,000 donation to the KIDS Foundation.
Safety 4 KIDS was promoted and supported by Chris Doulis, a burns survivor and KIDS Foundation ambassador, who presented his personal story to all crews across the site.
Seemore’s Challenge
In 2007 our employees participated in “Seemore’s Challenge”. The workplace fitness initiative involves employees completing 226km of exercise over the month of November and raising money for the KIDS Foundation at the same time.  In 2007 more than 40 employees took part and raised $10,000.
Camp Phoenix
A very special and hands on initiative if for our Portland Aluminium employees to volunteer their time at the annual four day KIDS Foundation’s Burns Survivor Camp “Camp Phoenix” in Queensland. The camp for young burns victims is a highlight of the year for more than 150 burn survivors and their families taking part. Our employees share their talents at the camp, as well as acting as Safety Ambassadors.
Injury Free Day
Portland Aluminium is also a big supporter of the KIDS Foundation’s national awareness day, Injury Free Day. In 2007 smelter employees enjoyed a “Yellow Donut” morning tea and hosted local primary school students at a “Safety Day at PA" which included interactive safety demonstrations and activities.