COVID-19 | Measures in place at Bell Bay Aluminium
At Bell Bay Aluminium, our focus is on the health and safety of our employees, the community in which we operate and on keeping our operations running safely, so we can continue to contribute to the Tasmanian economy and serve our customers. We continue to monitor the situation closely.
We have taken extensive measures to help protect our people and community in line with guidance or directives from the state and federal government and Public Health.
Bell Bay Aluminium has a number of measures in place to ensure our site remains COVID-19 safe. These measures include multiple layers of screening to enter the Bell Bay site to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19. Maintaining physical distancing, hand hygiene and staying home when feeling unwell remain just as important.
For general information about COVID-19 in Tasmania and travelling to Tasmania visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au
We encourage anyone with concerns or further questions to call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline helpline on 1800 671 738.
Bell Bay Aluminium will continue to ensure we have the most up-to-date information and appropriate measures are in place.
Bell Bay Aluminium is situated on the Tamar River, approximately five kilometres from George Town and 45 kilometres from Launceston.
The smelter produces around 190,000 of aluminium each year and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
Bell Bay Aluminium employs 435 Tasmanians and 60 plus full time equivalent contractors who on a typical day, undertake work at the smelter.
Independent studies have found that Bell Bay Aluminium, directly and indirectly, employs approximately 1500 Tasmanians, and contributes $690 million per annum to Gross State Product.
Bell Bay Aluminium has a major influence on the economic wellbeing of Northern Tasmania. It creates wealth for Tasmanians through the creation of employment, export earnings, payment of government taxes and charges and direct investment through comunity programs and the purchase of goods and services from Tasmanian businesses and suppliers.
In 2016 the smelter paid $47 million in salaries to employees and spent $159 million purchasing goods and services from 313 Tasmanian suppliers.
Bell Bay Aluminium commenced production in 1955. During this time our production level has grown from 1200 tonnes per annum to approximately 189,000 tonnes per annum. The smelter currently employes 435 fulltime emplooyees plus another 60 plus contractors who undertake work at the smelter on a typical day. The associated employment multiplier factor for businesses supporting and associated with the smelter is estimated at three times.
Bell Bay Aluminium's number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees. The positive relationships we have forged with our employees, suppliers, customers and the Tasmanian community remain central to our success.
Bell Bay Aluminium has been a part of the Tasmanian community since 1955. We are proud that the vast majority of our employees are Tasmanians, living and working in their local community. We are fortunate to have the best people in the industry, with a strong track record of overcoming any challenge that is placed in front of them.
About PACIFIC ALUMINIUM
Pacific Aluminium is a world leader in quality aluminium products. Pacific Aluminium is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto, with five assets including smelter operations in Australia and New Zealand:
- Bell Bay Aluminium
- Boyne Smelters Limited
- Gladstone Power Station
- Tomago Aluminium
- New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited
The success of Pacific Aluminium is founded on its deep commitment to safety and operational excellence. Pacific Aluminium prides itself on producing quality aluminium products, created by the best people in the industry and produces more than 1 million tons of aluminium each year, making it one of the largest aluminium businesses in the world.
Pacific Aluminium has a straightforward, lean and adaptable approach that enables it to deliver superior performance across its operations. Pacific Aluminium is also committed to operating sustainably, and its people are actively involved in the local communities in which it operates.