In December 2000, the Ford Motor Company entered into a Partnership with the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) and OSHA, which was the first of its kind between an automotive manufacturer, employee union, and government agency. This Partnership covers twelve Ford Motor Company manufacturing facilities within the United States. The Partnership's key goal is to continuously reduce work-related injuries and illnesses at the company's manufacturing locations by optimizing the resources of the three partners in the development and administration of plant health and safety management systems (SHMS).
Injury and Illness Rates Decline
Since the Partnership was implemented, injury and illness rates have significantly declined in Ford's North America facilities by 77 percent. For example, in 2006:
The primary goal of this Partnership is to reduce injuries and illnesses year-over-year from baseline OSHA log summary data at each Ford through the creation of a pro-active health and safety culture and a cooperative non-adversarial relationship that optimizes the resources of all parties. Performance metrics used to monitor and track health and safety process performance shall include TCIR, DART, and LTCR.
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