Tulsa-Based Radford Company Gets SHARP Energized

Company: Radford Company (OCV Control Valves/AMS Machining Specialist & Precision Coatings, LLC)

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Employees: 80

From left, Britt Radford, CEO of The Radford Company; Craig Cox, plant manager for The Radford Company; and Robert Tipton, president and COO of The Radford Company
From left, Britt Radford, CEO of The Radford Company; Craig Cox, plant manager for The Radford Company; and Robert Tipton, president and COO of The Radford Company
NAICS Code: 332919, Other Metal Valve and Pipe Fitting Manufacturing

Company Description

The Radford Company is an employee owned, managed, and operated manufacturing company which wholly owns the subsidiary companies OCV Control Valves/AMS Machining Specialists and Precision Coatings, LLC. The company is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They design, manufacture, and sell products, such as hydraulically operated automatic control valves, to various industries ranging from fire protection and petroleum to aviation and water utility systems. The subsidiary company OCV Control Valves was founded more than 50 years ago and has over 50,000 square foot of manufacturing space.

The Situation

A few years ago, the company was looking to improve and expand their safety program and bring new energy into their workplace. Management at the subsidiary companies learned of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), On-site Consultation Program through local businesses and business partners. Plant and Safety Manager Craig Cox contacted the Oklahoma Department of Labor, OSHA Consultation Division to assist the company with its endeavors to expand, improve, and reenergize their workplace safety and health.

OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country and in several territories, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.

The Solution

In 2014, OSHA on-site consultants conducted a walkthrough of OCV/AMS Machining Specialists and Precision Coatings to identify areas of improvement for safety and health hazards. The consultants identified some paperwork documentation errors and inspection practices as areas of concern. After the results of the walkthrough were presented, the company immediately developed an action plan to address the hazards. The feedback provided during the consultation visit helped to strengthen the company’s operational productivity and employee safety through the development and implementation of a renewed comprehensive safety program.

In response to recommendations provided by the OSHA consultants, management formed a stronger bond amongst employees, increased awareness inspections, and developed a checklist to maintain safety programs. This effort helped the company to re-design their evolving safety program. The plant and safety manager re-wrote safety program documents and instituted new procedures to manage and maintain injury and illness documentation at the worksites. Management worked closely with the OSHA consultants to update their safety program and developed new employee training programs to reinforce their safety commitment to prospective employees.

The Impact

For the past two years, working with the OSHA On-site Consultation Program has re-energized the company’s culture and provided a valuable resource for implementing new procedures and programs to protect employees on the job. Working to achieve SHARP gave the company a goal to attain. Plant and Safety Manager Craig Cox said, “SHARP is a motivator to discover ways to improve the safety and health management system.” The major safety modifications earned the company acceptance into OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP recognizes small business employers who have used OSHA On-site Consultation Services and operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program. Acceptance of worksites into SHARP from OSHA is an achievement of status that distinguishes a company amongst its business peers as a model for workplace safety and health.

Since receiving SHARP approval in 2014, OCV/AMS Machining Specialist and Precision Coatings have had below the national average incident rates in their industry. “The OSHA Consultation Program and SHARP has had a direct and positive impact on the company’s financial bottom line as well as on the company’s culture and employees’ morale,” said Cox. Furthermore, Cox added that “the employees are proud to have received the recognition and intend to maintain SHARP status.”

Additional information about OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program and other small business resources is available at www.osha.gov or 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

Source: Craig Cox, Plant and Safety Manger, The Radford Company.