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Safety Awards Program Rules & Regulations

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  The annual Safety Achievement program was developed for participation by all Manufacture Alabama member plants, and is designed to serve as a motivational tool:
  1. To encourage and reward good safety performance.
  2. To provide member companies with a standard method of measuring and comparing safety performance with similar size plants producing similar products.
  3. To recognize plants achieving superior safety performance.
  4. To help insure that Manufacture Alabama continues to strive to have the "safest" manufacturing industries in Alabama and in the United States.
  The Safety Achievement Awards Program shall be open to all manufacturing plants that are Manufacture Alabama members that are engaged in any manufacturing activity covered by those operations described in the ADO Industrial Directory under Major NAICS Codes.
  This includes plants engaged in NAICS (113) Forestry and Logging, (238) Specialty Trade Contractors, (311) Food Manufacturing, (313) Textile Mills, (314) Textile Product Mills, (315) Apparel Manufacturing, (316) Leather & Allied Product Manufacturing, (321) Wood Product Manufacturing, (322) Paper Manufacturing, (323) Printing & Related Support Activities, (324) Petroleum & Coal Products Manufacturing, (325) Chemical Manufacturing, (326) Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing, (331) Primary Metal Manufacturing, (332) Fabricated Metal Manufacturing, (333) Machinery Manufacturing, (335) Electrical Equipment, Appliance, & Component Manufacturing, (336) Transportation Equipment Manufacturing, (339) Miscellaneous Manufacturing, (421) Wholesale Trade, (484) Truck Transportation, (493) Warehousing & Storage, and (541) Professional, Scientific & Technical Services.
Participation shall be by individual manufacturing unit. Where a company has two or more eligible plants, each plant shall consist of a separate entry in the achievement program in their respective categories.

All employees carried on the regular plant payroll, including staff and line management personnel having offices on manufacturing plant property, are considered employees of the plant.

Employees not included in the achievement program are:

  1. Staff and executive personnel housed in a separate company headquarters office building.
  2. Employees of the participating company involved in manufacturing activities not classified as belonging to the SIC Code Classifications listed above.
  3. Employees in sales and marketing who do not maintain offices at the manufacturing location and/or who are not on the regular payroll.
  4. Temporary employees engaged in special maintenance or construction work, not regularly and continuously employed and not carried on the regular payroll, or other contract labor.

Each individual participating unit must be in operation for the duration period of the achievement program (January 1 through December 31).

Any company that experiences a work related fatality is disqualified from the achievement program for the remainder of the calendar year.

  For the purpose of determining recipients of awards in the achievement program, manufacturing plants participating in the achievement program shall be divided into the following major NAICS code groups and divisions:
  Major NAICS Code Group 113   Forestry and Logging
  Major NAICS Code Group 238   Specialty Trade Contractors
  Major NAICS Code Group 311   Food Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 313   Textile Mills
  Major NAICS Code Group 314   Textile Product Mills
  Major NAICS Code Group 315   Apparel Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 316   Leather & Allied Product Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 321   Wood Product Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 322   Paper Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 323   Printing & Related Support Activities
  Major NAICS Code Group 324   Petroleum & Coal Products Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 325   Chemical Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 326   Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 331   Primary Metal Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 332   Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 333   Machinery Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 335   Electrical Equipment, Appliance, & Component Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 336   Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 339   Miscellaneous Manufacturing
  Major NAICS Code Group 421   Wholesale Trade
  Major NAICS Code Group 484   Truck Transportation
  Major NAICS Code Group 493   Warehousing & Storage
  Major NAICS Code Group 541   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
For each Major NAICS Code Group the following divisions will apply.
Division 1
Up to 125 employees
Division 2
126 to 250 employees
Division 3
251 to 500 employees
Division 4
501 & Up


The Safety Achievement Awards Program will be operated on an annual basis and the duration of the program shall be for the twelve-month calendar period of January 1 through December 31 of each year.


The ranking of each participating plant in its Major NAICS Code Group and Division shall be determined by using the recordable incident rate, which will compare all facilities to a common denominator.


1. Recordable Case: Any work-related injury or illness requiring more treatment than first aid as defined in the (American National Standard for Uniform Recordkeeping for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses) (ANSI Z16.4). These cases are logged in Column A of the form OSHA No. 300 "Log of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses”.

Recordable Cases Include:

a. Deaths, regardless of the time between occupational injury or illness and death.

b. All occupational illnesses.

c. Lost workdays - either days away from work or days of restricted work activity.

d. Restriction of work or motion

e. Temporary or permanent transfer.

f. Termination of injured or ill employees.

g. Medical treatment other than first - aid.

2. Incidence Rate: This is the "Incidence Rate of Total Recordable Cases" as defined in ANSI Z16.4. It is based upon the total number of Recordable Cases, as defined in Section F.1 above, that occurred during the period covered by the rate. The following formula should be used:

No. of Recordable Cases X 200,000
Exposure of Employee Hours

This is a measure of the number of Recordable Cases per 100 full-time employees.

3. Severity Rate: This term is the toal lost workday cases involving days away from work, days of restricted work activity, or both. Total will be used from Columns H and I. The following formula is used to compute this rate:

Lost Workday Cases and Restricted Work Activity X 200,000
Exposure of Employee Hours

4. Exposure or Employee Hours: The total number of hours worked by qualified employees of the participating plant during the program period.

5. Measurement of Safety Results: The measurement of safety results using the recordable incident rate will compare all facilities to a common denominator. Each industry has an NAICS Code rate which represents the recordable incident rate for all of the same type manufacturing operations. (Standard Incident Rates will be used from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – latest published results) A comparison of incident rate above or below the NAICS Code will be used for comparison purposes. If someone is better than their industry average, they may have performed better than someone with a lower incident rate that is above their NAICS Code. By a percent below the NAICS Code, a more equitable comparison can be made.

  Example: Standard Incident Rate 5.2  
    Plant Recordable Incident Rate 4.1  
    Percent above (below) NAICS Rate (21.32)  
The administration of the program will be handled by Manufacture Alabama, 401 Adams Avenue, Suite 710, Montgomery, AL 36104.

Manufacture Alabama will send out to individual plants the quarterly report form. (Plants should copy this report form in order to have a blank form for each quarter.)

Manufacture Alabama will maintain all records essential to the operation of the program and to the determination of standings and recipients. Such information is to be restricted to member plants participating in the program and will not be disseminated to other agencies, plants or companies without express approval of all the participating plants involved. Manufacture Alabama shall have access to these records at all times.

Manufacture Alabama will prepare and submit a quarterly statistical report of combined experience of all participants, in such form as designated.

After summarizing the results, a copy of the summary will be sent to each participating company.

The participating plants will submit quarterly reports of safety experience to Manufacture Alabama on forms that will be provided. (The plant safety departments as needed may reproduce copies). These reports will contain the following information:

a. NAICS 6-digit Code

b. Employment at the end of the quarter

c. Total number of “Employees of Exposure Hours” worked during the applicable period. (Year To Date)

d. Total number of Lost Work Day Cases during the applicable period. (Year To Date)

e. Total Restricted/Job Transfer Cases during the period. (Year To Date)

f. Total number of Recordable Medical Cases to be charged as a result of injuries and illnesses during the period (entries in Column A of form OSHA No. 300 “Log and Summary of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses”).

g. A copy of the OSHA 300 log covering the period must be attached, following the second and fourth quarters, for verification of the number of cases. The left side of the form showing names, dates and description of injury or illness may be omitted.

h. The date of submittal and signature of the authorized plant official or representative preparing report. Reports shall be submitted quarterly to and received by Manufacture Alabama as follows;

1st Quarter January - March April 25  
2nd Quarter January - June July 25  
3rd Quarter January - September October 25  
4th Quarter January - December January 25  

Failure to make a timely quarterly report shall involve no penalty except the omission of that plant's safety experience from the combined quarterly report. No company can change major NAICS code groups/divisions or be added to the safety program after the second quarter.

Failure to submit a report for the final quarterly program period shall serve to eliminate the participant from the program.


The Manufacture Alabama Board of Directors, upon recommendations of the Safety & Security Committee, shall select program awards. Awards shall be made each year at the Manufacture Alabama Annual Safety Conference as follows:

a. Plaques to the plants having the lowest percentage incidence rate below the industry standard NAICS rating in each of the major NAICS code groups and divisions listed in Section C of these rules and regulations.

b. In case of a tie between plants within any group, the plant with the greater number of exposure hours shall be declared the recipient.

c. All plants in second and third place of each group and division shall receive safety certificates from Manufacture Alabama.

d. Special circumstances:

If only one company participates in any particular category they may be declared the first place winner if their percentage NAICS rate from the current year is lower than the percentage NAICS rate of the previous year.

If only two companies complete the year in any particular category only a first place plaque will be awarded, and if only three companies complete the year in any particular category only first and second place will be awarded.

e. All plants with no lost workday cases receive a “No Lost-Time Certificate” presented by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations.

f. Only Manufacture Alabama member plants shall be eligible to receive plaques or certificates.

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