Featured Success Stories
Derby Fabricating Solutions (Derby) laminates and die cuts sound dampening components and interior/exterior components for the automotive industry. They contacted Ohio’s On-Site Consultation Program in 2017 to be proactive in complying with safety and health regulations and to ensure team members are working in the safest environment possible. Derby became a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) participant in 2019 and received SHARP renewal in October of 2021.
In response to a request, the New York State Department of Labor On-Site Consultation Program performed a visit to a concrete block manufacturer in March 2021 to evaluate noise exposures. During the consultation visit, the health consultant conducted noise sampling using a personal noise dosimeter to capture the noise exposure for the operator of the block making machine. Initial noise monitoring found that the operator was exposed to an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) of 98.4 decibels A-scale (dBA). Based on the health consultant’s recommendations, the company had the operator wear double hearing protection (earplugs with a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 33 and muffs with an NRR of 30) to protect the worker from this occupational noise hazard. In addition to this personal protective equipment, the employer instituted engineering controls by installing noise reducing shields on the block maker. Follow up sampling showed a reduction in noise levels.
In response to SARS-COV-2 virus, the Governor of Puerto Rico issued an Executive Order on March 12, 2020 that declared the island in a state of emergency. The shutdown order had an immediate impact on the Puerto Rico (PR) OSHA On-site Consultation Program’s plans for FY 2020 and 2021. The Program’s attention and actions shifted towards the immediate need to provide employers with COVID-19 information, education, and safety measures for their workplaces. The Program reviewed more than 30,000 COVID-19 Exposure Control Plans as of September 2021, including numerous telephone assessments and virtual visits to industries and workplaces to evaluate the plans.
Community HealthCare System (CHCS) is a nonprofit healthcare system that provides care to the rural communities of northeast Kansas. In 2000, the hospital had its first visit by the On-Site Consultation program in the Kansas Department of Labor. The hospital achieved Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognition in December 2002 and is one of two hospitals in the SHARP program in Kansas. Since 2002, the hospital has had eight renewals, with the most recent being June 2021. Of its 13 locations, CHCS has 11 currently in SHARP.