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Alcoa Announces Environment, Health and Safety Achievement Awards
PITTSBURGH--October 15, 1998--
Alcoa announced today six achievement awards for outstanding
accomplishment in Environment, Health and Safety. The recipients are
being recognized for outstanding environmental, health and safety
performance within the company's 250 operating locations and 30
The winners are:
Alcoa Engineered Products for development and deployment of a
comprehensive and sophisticated risk assessment process designed to
dramatically reduce the likelihood of events that can cause fatalities.
Alcoa's Engineered Products business unit produces extrusion and tube
products for a variety of uses.
Alcoa Fujikura Ltd.'s (AFL) North American Automotive Operations is
recognized for the speedy and effective integration of environment,
health and safety management systems into the business activities of 22
newly acquired Electro-Wire manufacturing locations in North America.
AFL produces electrical components and specialty fiber-optic products
for the automotive and telecommunications markets.
Alcoa Manufacturing (G.B.) Limited in Swansea, Wales received an award
for a training program which has dramatically changed attitudes towards
hearing conservation and protection. Swansea produces both aluminum
extrusions and tube and sheet and plate products.
Alcoa's Pt. Comfort, Texas, alumina refinery is recognized for
implementation of a safety management process that has resulted in
significant improvements in the location's safety awareness and
performance. Work days lost to injury at the refinery have been reduced
from 400 per year to only four in 1997.
The Maximum Achievable Control Technology team with representatives from
locations throughout the U.S. was recognized for seven years of
cooperative work with the EPA who will see significant reductions in
particulate and fluoride emissions from Alcoa's U.S. aluminum smelters
while saving the company US$120 million in capital expenditures and US$1
million in operating costs each year.
The Pt. Henry smelter in Australia is recognized for an extensive
wetlands management program which has created habitat for wildlife,
including rare and endangered migratory birds, improved water quality
management practices, and, as a result eliminated exceedances of the
smelter's EPA water quality license.
Alcoa's Environmental, Health and Safety Achievement Awards are designed
to recognize, support and encourage outstanding efforts to improve
environmental, health and safety performance. They are amongst the
highest honors that can be earned within the company.
Alcoa is the world's largest producer of aluminum and alumina and a
major participant in all segments of the industry: mining, refining,
smelting, fabricating and recycling.