Success Stories

Success stories from OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognize both the important work of On-Site Consultation and small business employers who operate exemplary safety and health programs. On-Site Consultation and SHARP are voluntary programs. To submit a request for a comprehensive consultation, see OSHA's Consultation Directory.

Authorized representatives from SHARP companies who would like to share their story of workplace safety and health may do so by working with their On-Site Consultant. To locate the On-Site Consultation program nearest you, see OSHA's Consultation Directory.



 

Featured Success Stories

Controlling Silver Exposure at a Company that Manufactures and Distributes Metals

In 2019, a company that manufactures and distributes metals invited the Connecticut Department of Labor’s On-Site Consultation Program (CONN-OSHA) into its facility after hearing them present at an association conference. During the on-site review, the CONN-OSHA team looked at the company’s manufacturing operations and written documentation. In addition, they tested for noise and air quality. The CONN-OSHA team visited multiple times and the health consultant collected task specific breathing zone air samples to measure the levels of silver around the room to help identify the source of the contamination. After narrowing the sources to three specific tasks, the company was able to implement both procedural changes and engineering controls. In 2021, after the controls were implemented, CONN-OSHA documented that the air levels of silver had dropped from 0.087mg/m3 (almost 9 times the PEL) to 0.0036 mg/m3, less than the PEL. Working with CONN-OSHA was a positive experience for the company.

On-Site Consultation Programs Support Safe + Sound through Media Outreach

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August as part of OSHA’s Safe + Sound campaign to recognize the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offer information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe. In 2021, Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) Consultation and Alabama’s Safe State Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program (UA SafeState) sought to increase their efforts to support Safe + Sound and to raise employers’ awareness of safety and health program elements.

Controlling Respirable Crystalline Silica Exposures in a Stone Countertop Fabrication Company

In response to an online request, the New Hampshire On-Site Consultation Program (WorkWISE NH) located at Keene State College, conducted a visit to a stone countertop manufacturer. WorkWISE NH consultants made multiple health hazard visits to the facility from March 2020 to July 2021. The initial RCS monitoring in March 2020 found that one polisher, one saw operator, one CNC operator, and one of the area samples showed overexposures to the PEL. The final follow-up visit with a WorkWISE NH consultant was performed in July 2021. Exposure to RCS were successfully reduced to well below the AL for all employees and the immediate area outside the saw machine.

St. Louis Cold Drawn, a Nucor Company, Continues Safety and Health Excellence Through SHARP

St. Louis Cold Drawn (STLCD), a Nucor company, produces cold-finished steel bars for various industries, including many automotive and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company saw the need to lower injuries and illnesses, so it invested a significant amount of capital to address potential hazards in the plant. However, leadership at St. Louis Cold Drawn realized that the company culture also needed to change from one that accepted risks to one that did not. The company first learned of the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program through testimonials from other similar companies, and earned Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) status in September of 2020. They will seek renewal in 2022.

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