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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: March 12, 2008

    Date Renewed: N/A

    Alliance Overview.

    OSHA and Honda formed 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

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    June 19, 2009 Team meeting at Honda
    September 10, 2009 Team meeting at Honda
    October 15, 2009 Ergo Cup at Honda
    November 12, 2009 Supplier Symposium at Honda
    December 10, 2009 Team meeting at Honda
    March 11, 2010 Team meeting at Honda

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    This report covers the time period of March 13, 2009 through March 12, 2010.

    Alliance Activity.
    • Training and Education

      There were several training sessions conducted as a result of this Alliance. On June 19, 2009, OSHA presented training on fatalities and enforcement updates. OSHA presented training at the Honda Parts Supplier Symposium on November 12, 2009 in Marysville, Ohio. OSHA also participated in Honda’s Annual Ergo Cup competition on October 15, 2009 where Honda Associate teams prepare and present ergonomic improvements they have achieved in their work areas. Columbus Assistant Area Director David Wilson and CAS Howard Eberts served as guest judges during the October 15, 2009 event.
    • Outreach and Communication

      The Alliance was promoted on OSHA’s webpage and internally throughout Honda. Honda was invited to send a representative to serve on an Alliance Panel at the ASSE National Conference in Baltimore, MD in June, 2010.
    • 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, another Ergonomic Success Story (attached at end) was published on OSHA’s web page in June 2009. This Success Story was one of the winning entries from Honda’s Ergo Cup competitions. Another was submitted in March, 2010 for publishing. 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 (now) three 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
    Ergo Cup Competition 120
    Parts Supplier Symposium 200
    Total 320

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance terminated on March 12, 2010. There are no plans to renew the Alliance; however, OSHA will continue to work with Honda to promote worker safety in the automotive manufacturing industry and its suppliers as resources allow.

    Report Prepared by: Howard Eberts - CAS, Columbus Area Office and Chad Positano - CAS, Toledo Area Office.

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