MANILA, Philippines — Ford Motor Company Philippines (FMCP) was given an award of distinction in the recently concluded 8th Annual Health and Safety Awards of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Ford’s health and safety practices and programs were lauded for being one of the best in the country, joining a select list of 28 companies who were given the institutional awards.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award. At Ford, we have a standard operating philosophy of “Safety First” which is at the heart of everything we do. Our people are our most valuable asset and we go further in everything we do to ensure their health and safety,” said Arni Rifareal, vice president, Human Resources.
Each entry underwent a rigorous three-phase selection and judging process including a review of the applications, on-site validation by a team of representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), DOLE Regional officers and employers’ and workers’ groups, and lastly, a panel presentation from the finalists.
FMCP was recognized for its holistic approach to Occupational Health and Safety, having in place standard programs and processes including Safety Standards & Procedures, Safety Trainings, Standardized Work Procedures, Visual Factory, General Safety Promotions, Health & Wellness Programs, Fire Safety Assessment as well as Corporate Citizenship Programs.
Various tools such as Safety Risk Assessment, Safety Behavioral Index Audit, Daily and Weekly Management Safety Walks are also applied regularly to achieve set metrics and comply with local regulations and global safety targets set by Ford.
Ford Philippines’ Health and Safety Programs have also been recognized by Ford headquarters in Dearborn with distinction of the President’s Excellence Award for Health and Safety in 2011 and recognition of being among the best Ford plants with zero major injuries in the last five years, having achieved more than nine million safe hours.