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Trade News Release
March 30, 2006
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Alliance with Dow Leads to Case Studies on Motor Vehicle Safety

WASHINGTON -- Reducing motor vehicle accidents (MVA) is the focus of a new pair of case studies that are the product of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Alliance with The Dow Chemical Company (Dow). Through the Alliance, originally signed in 2003, Dow worked to identify the root causes of MVAs and implement effective motor carrier and vehicle safety programs.

"These case studies offer useful information and demonstrate the correlation between safety and health excellence and business excellence," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "They provide practical examples of how this correlation can enhance worker safety and health, improve employee morale, and increase quality, efficiency and profitability."
  • Motor Carrier Safety Case Study: A Collaborative Approach to Reducing Motor Carrier Incidents describes how Dow worked with one of its motor carriers to implement a new behavior-based safety program to reduce rear-end collisions. Drivers served as observers of critical causes and submitted their data anonymously. The data were collected, posted, and discussed by the drivers during safety meetings. A group of drivers