Featured Success Stories
Astech, Inc. Works with Michigan OSHA Consultation Program to Improve Safety Culture in Their High-Hazard Industry.
Astech Alloy Steel Technologies, Inc. is a preferred global supplier of steel and wear-resistant chrome iron castings. The company specializes in the production of steel, stainless steel, alloy steel, and gray iron castings. The casting processes include Green Sand, No-Bake, and Shell. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) On-Site Consultation program within the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division initially began working with Astech, Inc., in 2012 as new management increased their focus on quality production and an improved safety culture. CET consultants identified a number of hazards. In addition to correcting these hazards, Astech took several steps to improve its workplace safety posture.
Catty Corporation (Catty) was founded in 1907 by Hugh D. Catty. It was originally a cellophane converter business supplying the packaging industry. On December 17, 2014, OSHA inspected Catty Corporation’s facility and the result was $29,400.00 in fines, with six serious and two other-than-serious citations issued. Being a small business, Catty Corporation researched alternative resources, including, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) On-Site Consultation Program. From 2015 to 2018, Catty Corporation and Illinois On-Site Safety and Health Consultation worked together to institute changes.
Canfor Southern Pine acquired Anthony Forest Products produces engineered wood products, such as laminated beams, columns, and other glulam products, at its facility in El Dorado, Arkansas. The operations has an annual capacity of 30 million board feet (mmbf), and its products primarily serve the construction industry. Anthony Forest Products was initially accepted into the OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) in 2002 and the operation remains an active SHARP participant.
Procino Enterprises Uses No Cost Delaware Office of Safety and Health On-Site Consultation Services to Reduce Hexavalent Chromium
Procino Enterprises is a small, family owned and operated, hard chrome plating and griddle manufacturing company, located in Blades, Delaware. Although the company had hexavalent chromium sampling performed in the past, and results were below the OSHA exposure limits, the Delaware OSHC industrial hygienist recommended re-sampling because of the company’s increased production demands. The re-sampling results revealed an over exposure to hexavalent chromium in the plating area. Engineering and work practice controls, ranging from replacing the ventilation system to implementing a chrome control plan, conducting employee training, and implementing an interim respiratory protection program, were instituted, and the hazard was reduced below the permissible exposure levels.