BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 6)—The Rubber Manufacturers Association recognized 63 rubber and tire manufacturing facilities for improved worker health and safety over the past year at its annual meeting in Boca Raton. The RMA´s Safety and Health Improvement Program encourages and recognizes member companies who achieve significant enhancement in worker safety. SHIP presents two groups of awards to firms that demonstrate workplace safety improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workdays. The "Excellence" category recognizes plants which achieve an incidence rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieved by facilities providing data to the RMA. The "Improvement" award is for operations that achieve an incidence rate which is as least 20 percent better than their rate the previous year. The RMA honored 28 plants in the excellence category and 35 facilities in the improvement class.