March 12, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
Goals are reducing injuries, improving safety and health environment
MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. have formed a safety and health alliance, committing to work together to provide a safe working environment for employees, and reduce injuries and illnesses at the company's manufacturing plants in Ohio.
"This agreement provides an opportunity for OSHA and Honda of America Manufacturing to come together and demonstrate that we all benefit when management, labor and government dedicate themselves to providing a safe and healthful work environment," said Debora Zubaty, OSHA's area director in Columbus, Ohio. "We want every employee to go home healthy and uninjured at the end of the day."
OSHA and Honda of America Manufacturing will work to continually improve the company's safety and health environment, particularly in reducing and preventing catastrophic and serious injuries. The alliance also will have a special focus on ergonomic hazards, which are a significant source of lost time and restricted duty injuries in the automotive industry.
Honda of America's Marysville facility has approximately 13,000 employees at four manufacturing locations. The plants are capable of producing most types of Honda vehicles, including automobiles, trucks and motorcycles.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 460 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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