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Brad Martell, President of Orbeco-Hellige said, “It is important to have a facility that is safe and follows OSHA’s safety and health [requirements]. After working with USF, Orbeco’s workers compensation rates are below average and there are no injuries to report. Furthermore, maintaining an accident-free workplace contributes to Orbeco’s high employee morale.”
Upon reviewing Orbeco’s safety and health management programs, Mr. Donoghue found them to be outdated and determined that the company needed to do a complete overhaul of the programs. Mr. Donoghue learned about the OSHA On-site Consultation Program through on-line research. This federally funded program, which offers free and confidential services to small and medium-sized businesses, is available to employers in all U.S. states and several territories. USF SafetyFlorida (USF) administers the OSHA On-site Consultation in Florida. After conversations with their insurance company, Mr. Martell decided to contact USF for a comprehensive on-site consultation safety evaluation in support of the company’s efforts to operate a safe and healthy work environment.
A USF industrial hygienist consultant also visited the facility and trained Orbeco’s lab technicians to ensure the lab was in compliance with OSHA’s safety and health standards for chemicals. With help from USF, Orbeco organized and stored hazardous and non-hazardous materials in a specific and secured location.
Since the time of the initial visit and with assistance from USF’s On-site Consultation office, Orbeco continued to develop and implement comprehensive safety and health management programs. By maintaining its focus on administering effective safety and health management programs and thereby providing a safe worksite for its employees, Orbeco earned a State safety award from USF in 2009. After earning this award, USF recommended that the company seek SHARP status.
With their sights set on SHARP, Orbeco continued its efforts to improve its safety and health management programs. The company conducted safety training sessions and worked with the local fire department to review fire safety guidelines and to learn how to properly use fire extinguishers. A safety committee was instituted to keep the staff abreast of workplace safety and health issues. "Our motivation was to ensure that we were diligently covering safety and to work judiciously to be recognized for that safety effort,” said Mr. Martell.
Over the next year, Orbeco continued to enhance its safety and health management programs. As a result of its efforts, Orbeco earned SHARP recognition on December 3, 2010.
Orbeco continues to benefit from low workers compensation claims and has maintained a rate of “0” for both Days Away, Restricted and Transferred (DART) and Total Recordable Case Rate (TRC) for reporting years 2008 through 2010, The 2009 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics national industry average for NAICS 334516 DART and TRC was 1.0 and 2.0 respectively. “USF On-site Consultation Program has had an outstanding impact on Orbeco” said Mr. Martell.