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October 23, 2001
Alcoa Recognizes Environmental, Health and Safety Achievements
PITTSBURGH--October 23, 2001--
A panel of prominent experts has honored 10 Alcoa locations from around
the world with the company’s 2001 Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS)
Achievement Awards. The locations were honored for innovative projects
ranging from the preservation of a nature area in Australia to sharing
accident-prevention information with other Alcoa facilities worldwide
via the Intranet from Lafayette, Ind.
“The annual EHS awards highlight Alcoa’s efforts to promote safety and
protect the environment, both in our facilities and in our communities,”
said Alain Belda, Chairman and CEO of Alcoa. “Renowned experts from
outside the company served on the committee that selected these projects
from the many EHS improvements that Alcoa makes each year throughout the
Alcoa created its EHS Achievement Awards in 1997 to honor individuals
and teams who demonstrate exemplary commitment to EHS. The awards are
the highest company achievements for outstanding environmental, health
and safety performance. The judging criteria include overall impact,
sustainability, creativity, innovation, integration into other business
processes and the application of Alcoa Business System (ABS) principles.
Alcoa operating units earning Achievement Awards are:
· Alcoa Extruded Aerospace Products, Lafayette, Ind.,
Fatality Prevention Web Page: A cross-functional team created a new
Web site to allow Alcoa businesses worldwide to share their best
practices in preventing accidents.
· Alcoa Fujikura, Ltd. (AFL) (three locations)
Torreon, Mexico, EHS Community Partnership: This Alcoa operation
focused on improving the community’s quality of life, raising awareness
of EHS, and continuing EHS safety practices at home as well as at work.
Juarez, Mexico, AFL Contractor Safety Program: A proactive
program delivered more than 5,000 hours of EHS training to 74
contractors and contract services companies.
Shelbyville, Ky., EHS Events Scheduling Board: A new scheduling
board incorporates Alcoa Business System (ABS) principles into the EHS
processes. It allows anyone in the plant to see what the EHS reporting
requirements are and what EHS events are scheduled.
· Alcoa Latin America, Itapissuma, Brazil, Risk Reduction
through ABS: Applying ABS principles at the Itapissuma extrusion
plant led to the elimination of four out of seven fork lift trucks and
two out of five jib cranes. This reduced the risk of injury at the
plant, since moving vehicles are a key source of injuries. The process
has been implemented at other Alcoa locations in Brazil with similar
· Alcoa Primary Metals, Rockdale, Texas, Operation
Lifesaver Training and The Fire Safety House: Operation Lifesaver
and The Fire Safety House are two community-based safety programs
supported by volunteers from Rockdale Operations that have presented
safety tips to more than 21,000 people in the area.
· Alcoa Mill Products, Davenport, Iowa, Davenport Works
Ergonomics Program – Succeeding Through Employee Involvement:
Alcoa's Davenport Works took a different approach to ergonomics by
focusing on employee involvement to reduce strain and sprains. Several
departments have had excellent results and creative solutions from work
teams are making the difference.
· Alcoa World Alumina Australia – Anglesea Power Station
, Anglesea, Australia, The Anglesea Heath, Alcoa’s “Jewel” for the Future:
Anglesea Power Station occupies about 7% of a 7,200-hectare crown-lease heath
that is a haven for birds, mammals and other creatures. Alcoa and a
local agency, guided by a community committee, manage the other 93% of
the land as if it were a state park.
A “Special Award for Environmental Product Innovation” went to
Alcoa Technical Center, New Kensington, Pa., and Alcoa Extruded Heat
Exchanger Products, Louisville, Ky., for Environmental
Improvements in the Production Process of Aluminum Tube Stock Used in
Heat Exchange Condensers for Automotive Applications. This Alcoa
team contributed to improving the environment by eliminating the need
for chromate conversion coating of aluminum tubing.
A “Special Award for a Newly Acquired Location” was given to
Howmet Exeter Casting, Exeter, England, for Chemical Treatment Using
Carbon Dioxide. This Alcoa team changed the way wastewater was
neutralized, moving from a process using sulfuric acid to one using
carbon dioxide. As a result, health and safety risks were greatly
reduced, the environmental impact was lessened, and treatment capacity
The selection committee was comprised of senior EHS managers from within
Alcoa and a panel of external, independent experts, including:
· Chuck Bennett – Senior Research Associate, The Conference Board
· Robert Brady – Social Awareness Portfolio Manager, Salomon Smith Barney
· Rick Bunch – Director, Business Education, World Resources Institute ·
John Mizroch – President, World Environment Center
· Dr. Gary J. Powers – Vice President Design Sciences, Inc., and
Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum, and alumina. It is active in all major aspects of the industry
-- technology, mining, refining, smelting, fabricating and recycling. It
has 142,000 employees in 37 countries.
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