Denso Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Inc. Receives Volunteer Star Safety Award

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | 10:57 am

Company Earns Star Award for the Second Time

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Inc. was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.
 
"DENSO Manufacturing has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said Bob Henningsen, Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, who presented the Volunteer STAR award to the company today at the company’s facility located at 2400 Denso Drive in Athens. “It is evident that DENSO Manufacturing is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”
 
The Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program. The Volunteer STAR is patterned after the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and recognizes the best of the best in the area of safety and health programming and performance.
 
DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Inc. has approximately 800 employees. The facility manufacturers and sells oxygen sensors, spark plugs, ignition coils, monolithic carriers, fuel injectors and fuel rails for the automotive industry. This is the site’s second time to receive the Volunteer STAR award. There are currently 31 Volunteer STAR sites in Tennessee.
 
For the three-year period 2006-2008, the site’s safety record is as follows:
 
  • Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 1.68
71% below the current Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average
 
  • Three-year Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Incidence Rate (DART) rate is 1.01
63% below the current BLS industry averages
 
A certificate of recognition is awarded to the STAR recipient, as is a flag that can be flown at the site. The company is also permitted to use the Volunteer STAR logo on its correspondence and company documents.
 
The standard for participation in the STAR program is the confirmation of a company’s safety and health program, which helps reduce accidents and injuries. The program also allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of three years.
 
For more information on the Volunteer STAR award program and other TOSHA award programs contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.
 
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