SOUTHFIELD, MI--The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has begun an initiative to improve occupational health and safety in the automotive industry.

The goal of the initiative is to provide carmakers with common ergonomic specifications and cost-effective solutions for reducing and preventing work-related injuries.

"The automotive industry spends billions of dollars each year on work-related injuries and illnesses," says Kenneth W. Godzina, AIAG executive director. "We hope the guidelines and standards that AIAG defines will help save lives and improve work environments throughout the automotive supply chain."

The AIAG also hopes the initiative will reduce worker's compensation costs, improve labor relations and provide a common voice to influence national standards bodies. General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler Corp. support the project.

"Using AIAG as a forum to deal with common problems in the auto industry will help to reduce risks in the workplace," says Donald F. Hackworth, senior vice president and group executive for GM's North America Car Group.

For more information, call the AIAG at 248-358-3570 or visit