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2007 — Health and Safety

Managers get involved with workplace health and safety

Thanks to the program of daily health and safety visits (HSV) by managers, office workers at the Bécancour aluminum smelter play an important role in the plant's workplace health and safety.
Each HSV has a different theme, such as lockout methods or preventing falls, chosen according to the frequency and gravity of incidents. Each visit is made by a group of two persons, a leader and an assistant, with a visit sheet related to the work method being observed on a specific day. In total, nearly 100 such groups spread out throughout the plant.
This program calls upon the services of managers, and increases the number of safety interventions in the plant. Because of this, both risks and the correction measures that should be taken are more rapidly identified. The sector supervisor is informed of non-compliant situations and discusses them with his or her team. However, managers can intervene on the spot if dangerous behavior is identified during a visit.
HSVs are part of a comprehensive set of safety activities in the plant, such as planned inspections and job observation. They also help in compiling situations of compliance and of non-compliance, an exercise that allows the development of training targeting the most problematic issues.
The program as a whole seems to have a positive impact on safety performance: thanks, in part, to HSV, the Bécancour smelter has reduced its total number of incidents by 43% since 2005!
Similar visits are made in the other Alcoa Canada Primary Metals plants, in a successful effort to assure our employees' health and safety.