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National News Release: 11-495-CHI
June 6, 2011
Contact: Scott Allen    Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976    312-353-4807
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov    burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA renews strategic partnership to reduce
injuries and lost work time at Ford Motor Co. auto plants
Partnership includes UAW, ACH and MIOSHA

WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Dr. David Michaels has signed an agreement renewing OSHA's partnership with Ford Motor Co., the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America and Automotive Component Holdings LLC, and welcoming the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a new partner.

"OSHA's partnership with Ford and the UAW has helped significantly reduce the frequency and severity of worker injuries," said Michaels. "The partnership is a win-win for management and labor. It contributes to Ford's competitiveness in the global economy while protecting the safety and health of thousands of workers."

The goal of this strategic partnership is to prevent occupational fatalities, injuries and illnesses at participating Ford Motor Co. and Automotive Component Holdings locations in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and New York.

Since 2000, OSHA has had a partnership with Ford and the UAW. ACH joined the partnership more recently. The partnership has resulted in a 74 percent reduction in total case incident rates and an 88 percent decrease in days away from work, restricted duty and job transfers, better known as "DART," rates. In 2010, 75 percent of worksites participating in this partnership had DART rates below Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics industry averages.

Plants covered by this agreement under federal OSHA include: Chicago Assembly Plant and Chicago