HEALTH SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT

SAFETY & HEALTH

VALCO has in place a Safety Policy that establishes the health and safety philosophy by which the plant is operated.  The objective of this policy is to provide an organized method for the control of hazards, which may be encountered in the course of production, and shipment of aluminium.

Under the policy VALCO management develops and implements programmes to ensure:

  • The provision and maintenance of safe and healthy work environment
  • Availability of safe work practices and trained employees to follow the practices.
  • Monitoring of safety management systems and employees behaviour to identify and control lapses.

Safety Policies and procedures are specified in a Safety Manual for the development of all safety programmes.  We have a Safety and Health Department whose staff have the responsibility of developing, monitoring and updating safety programmes from time to time to support the organization and other departments as needed to ensure their effective implementation.

Implementation of the Safety and Health Programmes is the responsibility of the line organisation in the same way as in production. Lines of authority and responsibility of supervision are maintained at all levels to:

  • Keep direct responsibility for Safety at the management level
  • Reinforce the overall managerial authority of line management and to avoid undermining of the authority
  • Assure more ready compliance with safety orders.

It is the responsibility of each manager to see that each employee under his supervision is supplied the knowledge and training in the skills required to recognize, understand and control the hazards in his job.  Managers and Department Heads also ensure that they meet all their safety responsibilities.

The overall policy-making body as far as VALCO Safety is concerned is an Executive Safety Committee which is chaired by the Managing Director himself and composed by all the Department Directors and relevant staff managers.

Safety programmes in Valco include but not limited to the following organizational approaches and methods:

  • Relevant standing and Ad-hoc sub-committee meetings
  • Safety Manual
  • Safety Coordinator and Departmental Safety Programmes
  • Housekeeping and Hazard Survey
  • Safety training and interest motivation
  • Provision and Maintenance of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hazard Control
  • Job Safety Analysis and Safe Practices
  • Employee Behaviour Observation
  • Other Management Safety Systems

 

ENVIRONMENT

COMPANY POLICY ON ENVIRONMENT

VOLTA ALUMINIUM COMPANY LIMITED believes that protecting the environment and producing primary aluminium at competitive costs are compatible. If it does not protect the environment it will eventually lose the support of the community in which it operates as well as that of its employees.
The emphasis indicates VALCO's belief that protecting the environment is a responsibility to the community.

Principles

This commitment is backed by a set of principles as follows:
VALCO will
  • Comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, and facility operating permits.
  • Proactively manage our environmental affairs by making prudent business decisions that reduce environmental liabilities, whether or not these actions are mandated by a regulatory agency.
  • Mordernise existing facilities and operate the plant in a manner that protects public health and the environment in the communities where we are located.
  • Work with the appropriate governmental or regulatory bodies and others to bring about responsible and effective environmental legislation and regulation for identified issues.
  • Conduct appropriate environmental investigations for any asset acquisition or divestiture.
  • Routinely communicate these principles from the Chief Executive Officer level down through the organisation.
The emphasis in the second bullet indicates that VALCO uses international standards to measure its environmental performance where such standards have not yet been established in the country.

Concepts

VALCO uses the the following tools for the management of the environment:
  • A routine review of compliance status of the plant.
  • Addressing environmental concerns as part of capital projects process review.
  • Environmental inputs into plant business and strategic planning.
  • Routine evaluation of waste management and recycling process.

Objectives

VALCO is committed, as part of its culture, to conduct its operations in a manner that is protective of human health and the environment. To achieve this, VALCO employees are responsible for understanding, promoting and implementing procedures and practives to accomplish the following:
  • Compliance with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and permits.
  • Protection of air, land and water resources through incorporation of practical pollution prevention techniques, waste minimization, and recycling programs.
  • Continuous employment of sound environmental management practices including periodic compliance assessments and provisions for environmental impact evaluation when planning new projects.
  • Active participation with community, and regulatory groups to develop and implement constructive and economically sound solutions to environmental issues.
  • Prompt and effective response should any environmental problems occur.
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