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At the spring 2019 U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) board meeting, Goodyear was recognized during the 2019 Sustainability Awards for Safety and Health Leader category, which highlight member companies for excellence and improvement in worker health and safety.
Steve McClellan, president, Americas and USTMA board member, accepted the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. "The safety of our people is our top priority at Goodyear," said McClellan. "We continue working on improving safety practices in our manufacturing facilities."
In recent years, we have achieved a number of safety milestones at manufacturing plants in the Americas region. To name a few:
Our OSHA Incident Rate, which measures workplace injuries, has declined by 37% over the last five years and by 15% in the one-year period from 2017 to 2018.
All four of Goodyear's U.S. Chemical facilities have earned the prestigious OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) certification, which is only awarded to institutions that exemplify an unwavering commitment to safety. The latest to begin the rigorous certification process is the Danville, Virginia tire plant.
In addition to the mandatory safety training required of all plant associates, a serious injury prevention program and a safety leadership curriculum for plant leaders have also been implemented.
Read more about USTMA and the award here.
In 2019, Goodyear-Chile was recognized by the United Nations (UN) with the Global Recognition Award: Good Practices of Employability for Workers with Disability.
The prestigious award was accepted at UN headquarters in New York City on behalf of Goodyear by the Chile plant's partner organization, Ronda Chile, a non-profit seeking to transform societal views on diversity and social inclusion.
The theme for this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities was: Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.
Goodyear-Chile was recognized in the accessibility category for:
Including a sign language interpreter in recruitment, selection and worker training processes
Adapting the plant environment to enable easier access for people with physical disabilities
Incorporating reflective safety jackets with signage for the hearing impaired
"We're very proud of this award and honored to be recognized," said Francisco León, talent manager, Goodyear-Chile. "We're encouraged to continue our efforts to enrich our workforce by further expanding opportunities to those of all abilities."
Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of USTMA, presents the SHIP award to Steve McClellan, president, Goodyear Americas.
United Nations and Chile state dignitaries with Goodyear representatives stand together with the UN Global Recognition Award present to Goodyear.