RMA recognises six US tyre firms for improvements in worker health, safety

rubber1The Rubber Manufacturers Association, the trade organisation for the finished rubber products industry in the US, recognised the achievements and improvements made by six US tyre manufacturers in worker health and safety.

RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP), created in 1981, recognises member companies for excellence and improvement in worker health and safety with awards. The SHIP awards reflect RMA members’ demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.

“Safety is RMA members’ top priority for their products and their workplaces,” said Anne Forristall Luke, RMA president and CEO. “We are proud to recognise this commitment to safety.”

Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety excellence and improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases.

The “Excellence” category is for facilities that achieve a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate that is 75% better than the average achieved by plants that provided data to RMA.

The “Improvement” award is for plants that achieve a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate that is both 10% better than its rate in the previous year and is the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.

Seven Excellence awards and 13 Improvement Awards were presented.

Forty-five plants from RMA member companies supplied data for the annual survey to be eligible for awards. The data supplied to RMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes annual injury and illness information on all industries.