Boon Edam's North Carolina Plant Secures SHARP Status
Company: Boon Edam Manufacturing, Inc.
Location: Lillington, North Carolina
NAICS Code: 332321-Metal Window and Door Manufacturing
Number of employees: 135
Boon Edam Manufacturing Inc. manufactures, installs, and services security entryway products such as turnstiles, revolving doors, gates, and circle locks (large revolving doors). Its customers are architects and builders as well as property management companies who have its products already installed. Through subscribing to the North Carolina Department of Labor OSHA newsletter, the company was introduced to the North Carolina On-Site Consultation Program. Boon Edam had its first consultation visit in 2018 with follow up visits in 2020 and 2021.
North Carolina Consultation identified several items requiring corrective action following the first visit. North Carolina Consultation also recommended that the company make physical and managerial changes and helped the company develop a safety program that incorporated employee involvement. Following each visit that Boon Edam has had over the years, Consultation has provided feedback that has allowed the company to enhance its safety programs and performance. For example, the company developed hazard assessments for each workstation, as well as annual safety training and weekly safety talks. The company formulated an on-the-job training program and work instructions that include safety. A safety officer position was created in the plant to allow a dedicated employee to manage safety. Employees are encouraged to report near miss incidents, and all reported near miss incidents are investigated and followed up with a report to the safety committee that meets monthly.
The company’s safety program includes the safety slogan, “We Revolve Around Safety.” All employees have signed a safety pledge, pledging that they will be safe at work and home.
After an On-Site Consultation visit in December 2019, Boon Edam decided to set the goal of achieving Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) status. The company was recognized as a SHARP recipient at the end of 2021. SHARP acknowledges small and medium-sized businesses that have used OSHA On-Site Consultation services and operate exemplary workplace safety and health programs. Small businesses that achieve SHARP status receive a deferral from OSHA or State Plan programmed inspections for the period that the SHARP designation is valid. Acceptance of a worksite into SHARP is an achievement that identifies the employer as a model for occupational safety and health among its business peers.
Companies interested in SHARP can contact their local OSHA On-Site Consultation program to discuss details and schedule an on-site safety and health evaluation. To locate the On-Site Consultation program nearest you, call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or visit www.osha.gov/consultation.