Featured Success Stories
The Fairbanks Community Food Bank (FCFB) provides emergency food to individuals and families in critical need and offers assistance in disaster situations. In 2003, a similar business had to resolve an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Enforcement complaint that could have resulted in large fines. This complaint prompted the FCFB Director to reconsider fear of OSHA and look for solutions. To get advice on how to make their workplace safer, the FCFB contacted the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Occupational Safety and Health Section (AKOSH), Consultation and Training Section, and requested a comprehensive visit. The first FCFB On-Site Consultation visit occurred in 2005. Identified hazards were corrected, and their initial OSHA Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) approval was earned the same year. The company has consistently participated in SHARP throughout the years.
On June 11, 2018, Haws® Corporation joined the ranks of OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognized participants. This company invents, manufactures, and builds standardized and customized hydration and emergency response products. Customers vary from heavy industrial and refinery sites to schools and local municipalities. Given the Haws® product offering, achieving SHARP status was an organizational priority, and resources were assigned as needed. The company has benefitted in several ways from working with Nevada Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS). Employee engagement in the safety programs has increased. Workers' compensation insurance premiums have decreased. "We have always had a very strong safety culture, but the involvement of line employees has increased since we decided to go for SHARP," noted CEO Tom White. "The whole Haws® team is proud to have achieved the award, and everyone continues to work diligently to report hazards and maintain a high level of safety. It's important that we demonstrate the value of safety culture."
On July 23, 2018, OSHA accepted Phoenix Sintered Metals, LLC, into its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). This family-owned manufacturer of sintered (compacted and formed without liquefaction) metal parts is located in Brockway, Pennsylvania, and specializes in producing high strength and density structural sintered metal parts. Phoenix serves the needs of customers in many different industries, including automotive, outdoor power equipment, industrial applications, sporting goods, food service, and medical. This company is committed to continuous improvement. While researching ways to expand the company's occupational health and safety policies and procedures, they found the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), PA OSHA Consultation Program webpage.
"We felt engaging the services of IUP PA OSHA was a good way to build on our exceptional safety program," said Phoenix Sintered Metals Safety Coordinator, Terry Fustine. Improving adherence to OSHA safety standards and updating company safety policies and procedures positively affected Phoenix Sintered Metals injury and illness rates and helped to reduce the cost of Workers' Compensation Claims.
K&K fabricates structural steel – beams, columns, stairways, and railings – for the construction industry. Products include lintels, bar joists, columns, decking, trusses, brackets, railings, ladders, conveyor lines, rollers, dumpers, mezzanines, machined parts, platforms, racks, and tables. The stainless steel division fabricates parts and machinery for the food industry. They offer a complete machine shop as well where machine parts are created and repair work is done. K&K Fabrication sandblasts and paints products onsite, and the finished material is delivered to the end user on K&K's own fleet of trucks.
K&K Fabrication earned Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP) status in February 2018.