Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region V

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: March 12, 2008

    Date Renewed: N/A

    Alliance Overview.

    OSHA and Honda hereby form an Alliance to provide Honda associates and others in the automotive and automotive parts manufacturing industries with information, guidance, and access to resources that will help to continually improve their health and safety environment, particularly in reducing and preventing catastrophic and serious injuries. This Alliance will also have a special focus on ergonomic hazards, which are a significant source of lost-time and restricted duty injuries in the automotive industry.

    Implementation Team Members.

    Howard Eberts - CAS - OSHA Columbus Area Office
    Charles Shelton - CAS - OSHA Toledo Area Office
    Mark Salsbury - Manager - Corporate S & H - Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
    Jose Banaag - Staff Engineer S & H - Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
    Rick Abbott - Honda of America Mfg., Inc. - Anna Engine Plant
    Steva Dye - Honda of America Mfg., Inc. - In-Plant Medical
    Clint Huntsman - American Honda
    Rick Davis - Honda of America Mfg., Inc. - East Liberty Plant
    Joe Cicero - (Past) Senior Staff Administrator S & H - Honda of America Mfg., Inc. - Retired

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    March 12, 2008 Alliance signing and first team meeting at Honda
    June 12, 2008 Team meeting at Honda
    September 11, 2008 Team meeting at Honda
    December 11, 2008 Team meeting at Honda
    March 12, 2009 Team meeting at Honda

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    This report covers the time period of March 12, 2008 through March 12, 2009.

    Alliance Activity.
    • Training and Education

      There were several training sessions conducted as a result of this Alliance. On June 12, 2008, OSHA presented training on Recordkeeping, Combustible Dust, and Subpart S. OSHA presented training at the Honda Parts Supplier Symposium on November 6-7, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana. OSHA also participated in Honda’s Annual Ergo Cup competitions on October 25, 2007 and October 9, 2008 where Honda Associate teams prepare and present ergonomic improvements they have achieved in their work areas. Toledo Area Director Jule Hovi and CAS Charles Shelton served as guest judges during the October 9, 2008 event.
    • Outreach and Communication

      The Alliance was promoted on OSHA’s webpage and internally throughout Honda. On April 17, 2008, Charles Shelton presented an OSHA Update at the Logan Safety Council meeting. On September 10, 2008, Howie Eberts presented an OSHA Update at the Union County Safety Council luncheon meeting. Both of these meetings were sponsored by Honda.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      The Alliance was promoted by the Automotive Safety Forum (TASF), which represents all automakers in the United States, except for Ford, GM, and Chrysler. The TASF meets two to three times a year throughout the United States to address current safety and health issues in the auto manufacturing industry.
    Alliance Products.
    • Training and Education

      As a result of the Alliance, two Ergonomic Success Stories were published on OSHA’s web page. These Success Stories were two of the winning entries from Honda’s Ergo Cup competitions. OSHA training sessions (listed above).
    • Outreach and Communication

      Compliance assistance materials on website and presentations (listed above).
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      The posted Ergonomic Success Stories reach a national audience, as well as promotion of the Alliance through the TASF (see above).
  4. Results

    The two Ergonomic Success Stories posted to the web were very helpful in sharing information throughout the auto industry on some of the options available to improve working conditions for employees. Also, by including OSHA in its Parts Supplier Symposium and the TASF, this Alliance also has affected additional companies throughout the nation in the automotive industry.

    Type of Activity
    (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Logan County Safety Council 65
    Union County Safety Council 65
    Ergo Cup Competition 120
    Parts Supplier Symposium 200
    TASF Meeting 50
    TOTAL 500

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance is scheduled to terminate on March 12, 2010.

    Report Prepared by: Howard Eberts - CAS, Columbus Area Office and Charles Shelton - CAS, Toledo Area Office.

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's Website.