RMA Announces Safety Awards for Member Facilities

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WASHINGTON, D.C.April 13, 2008 – Fifty-three 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.

“This industry takes pride in its efforts to promote worker safety,” said Charlie Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “The SHIP award program recognizes RMA member companies’ superior achievement to protect workers.”

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-six plants from 36 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.

In addition to the SHIP awards, RMA instituted a new program to recognize member companies with facilities that reported at least one million man hours worked with no lost time. The definition for lost time is a work-related injury which results in lost time from work beginning the day after the accident. Ten RMA member company plants were recognized for this achievement.

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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.