USTMA honors 7 U.S. tire makers for advancing health, safety
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has singled out seven of its member companies with Sustainability Awards for Safety and Health for their work in advancing occupational health and safety.
Among the companies honored, Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Michelin North America Inc. earned awards in multiple categories and for multiple plants.
"USTMA members share an aspirational vision for the U.S. tire manufacturing industry of zero injuries and illnesses in the workplace," USTMA President and CEO Anne Forristall Luke said. "This recognition highlights the safety programs, technologies and systems that advance progress toward meeting our vision on workplace safety."
The USTMA renamed and expanded the former "Safety and Health Improvement Program" awards in 2018 as the "Sustainability Awards for Safety and Health" to recognize the steps the association's members take to improve workplace safety and health.
"In recent years OSHA, leading safety and health experts and USTMA members have recognized that when addressing workplace safety and health, measuring for success has to go beyond data collection of injury rates" Jesse Levine, director, environment and safety regulatory affairs, said.
"What we've learned is that achieving true success in this area is also driven by factors such as a strong organizational culture and effective systems and processes. USTMA members are constantly striving for ways to improve these indicators, and we are proud to recognize the cultures and systems driving workplace safety at our members' facilities through the new awards."
The annual survey included data submitted by 49 plants, including tread rubber manufacturing, inner tube manufacturing, aircraft tire manufacturing and tire manufacturing. The data supplied to USTMA are identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes annual injury and illness information on all industries.
Leadership Award — recognizes companies that share successful safety initiatives with all USTMA members.
- Bridgestone Americas.
- Michelin North America
Innovation Award — recognizes companies that implement programs, technologies or systems to improve workplace safety and health systems and cultures.
- Bridgestone Americas
- Michelin North America
Excellence Award — provided to facilities that have a DART (Days Away, Restricted or Transfer) rate, which measures serious injuries and illnesses in the workplace, that is 75 percent better than the industry average.
- Michelin — Dothan, Ala.; Greenville, S.C. (Tweel)
- Pirelli Tire North America — Rome, Ga.
- Yokohama Tire Corp. — West Point, Miss.
Improvement Award — recognizes facilities that have a DART rate that is at least 10 percent better than the facility's prior year performance and is better than the industry average for 2018.
- Bridgestone — Graniteville, S.C. (passenger and OTR tire plants); Morrison, Tenn.; Russellville, Ark.
- Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. — Tupelo, Miss.
- Michelin — Greenville, S.C. (US1 and PRIME plants); Starr, S.C.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Covington, Ga.
- Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. —White, Georgia
Do you have an opinion about this story? Do you have some thoughts you'd like to share with our readers? Tire Business would love to hear from you. Email your letter to Editor Don Detore at [email protected].