Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) set a new record for safety at its aluminium smelter by achieving 30 million safe working hours without a lost time injury (LTI) yesterday.
According to the firm, the new record is the best in the industry to date. Alba chalks up its dedication to a safety culture at its operations for setting the mark.
Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said in a press release that the achievement was a testament to his firm’s safety culture.
“30 Million Safe Working Hours without LTI is a legacy for future generations not just in Alba but also in the Region. Achieving such a historic Safety record alongside our best-ever financial performance is challenging and for that, I am thankful to the collective efforts of our people — employees and contractors’ personnel — for always making Safety a Priority.”
“We believe that there is no better policy other than ensuring the Safety of our people,” he continued. “Our aim is to go above and beyond this milestone: to hit higher benchmarks and achieve Zero-Accident work environment.”
Alba is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is the world’s biggest aluminium smelter outside the People’s Republic of China. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 84% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. In 2021 Alba’s smelter produced 1,561,222 metric tons of primary aluminium.