RMA Awards Industry for Achievements in Worker Safety

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.CApril 22, 2009 - Forty-one tire and rubber manufacturing facilities were recognized for improvements in worker health and safety at the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s annual meeting.
RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP), created in 1981 recognizes member companies that achieve significant enhancements in worker health and safety with awards. The SHIP awards encourage and reward a company’s demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.

“Today’s awards are clear evidence of this industry’s commitment to worker safety,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO.

Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases. The “Excellence” category is for facilities that achieve an incidence rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieve by plants that provide data to RMA.

The “Improvement” award is for plants that achieve an incidence rate that is both 10 percent better than its rate in the previous year and the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.

One hundred and thirty-two plants from 31 RMA member companies supplied data for the annual survey to determine the extent of workplace safety improvements. The data supplied to RMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes injury and illness information on all industries.

Click here to see a list of the 2009 SHIP award winners.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

RMA URGES TURFGRASS GROUP TO CORRECT INACCURATE CRUMB RUBBER INFORMATION

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Dan Zielinski
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2009 Turfgrass Letter

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 21, 2009 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association has sent a letter to Turfgrass Producers International urging the group to correct a number of inaccuracies it posted on its web site concerning the use of crumb rubber in artificial turf applications.

“Your web site also raises many health concerns about scrap tire generated ground rubber. You may not be aware of numerous scientific reports and studies that have examined such concerns and have concluded that scrap tire generated ground rubber poses no threat to human health.,” explained Michael Blumenthal, vice president.

RMA has offered to provide the group with information so that consumers are not misled to the belief that scrap tire derived products pose any consumer health risk. RMA will monitor the group’s site.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

RMA Statement on Nomination of Charles A. “Chuck” Hurley for NHTSA Administrator

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.April 9, 2009 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association looks forward to the opportunity to work with the next Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. President Obama’s choice to lead NHTSA, Charles A. “Chuck” Hurley, has a long career in automotive safety advocacy including the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, National Safety Council and, most recently, the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“Mr. Hurley has had a distinguished career as a motorist safety advocate,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Mr. Hurley’s nomination sends a strong signal that this Administration shares the tire manufacturing industry’s commitment to safety. We recognize Mr. Hurley’s long-term efforts to engage the public making our highways safer.

“If confirmed by the Senate, we look forward to an early opportunity to meet with Mr. Hurley to educate him about our industry’s commitment to safety,” Cannon said. “We would further welcome his partnership in communicating important tire care and maintenance messages to U.S. motorists.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.