Chrysler Group and the United Auto Workers (UAW)have been recognized by the National Safety Council (NSC), as a leadingindependent authority, with nearly 60 awards for efforts to improveemployee safety and health in Chrysler Group facilities.In presenting the awards at the 2003 UAW-DaimlerChrysler Health and SafetyMeeting on March 8, NSC Vice President Bobby Jackson said, "DaimlerChryslerhas made safety a core value. The achievements I'm about to present comefrom hard work and high safety standards."Jackson presented the NSC's Significant Improvement Award to 32 individualChrysler Group plants and depot facilities, as well as Green Cross Awardsto 22 individual sites.The Significant Improvement Award is granted to work sites that exhibit a20 percent reduction in injuries that result in lost work time. GreenCross for Excellence Awards go to work sites with a reduction of lost workdays due to injuries that is 50 percent or better than the Federal Bureauof Labor Statistics average for that industrial group.In addition, four locations received the Perfect Award, presented tofacilities that had no injuries in 2002 resulting in lost work time.In March, the Chrysler Group said it received eight Significant Improvement Awardsand five Green Cross Awards for overall and divisional safety performance.Jim Thomas, director of Health, Safety and Medical Operations for theChrysler Group, said the Chrysler Group and the UAW approach health andsafety as a joint company-union effort, exemplified by a joint programtitled "Bringing Excellence to Safety Teams" (BEST). "Our leadership teamshave put a lot of effort into standardizing our safety processes," he said."That, in turn, has driven our incident rates and rate of lost work daysdown by well over 50 percent in three years. It's an incredibleachievement, and one that really shows the power of teamwork."