Warren Tire Service Center Works with New York On-Site Consultation Program to Improve Workplace Safety and Health
Company: Warren Tire Service Center- Queensbury
Location: Queensbury, New York
NAICS Code: 811198 – all other automotive repair and maintenance
Employees at Queensbury: 17 Company-wide: 131
Warren Tire employees proudly celebrate SHARP accomplishment (from left to right): Dan Mulcahy, Chris Skogsberg, Bob Kellogg, Megan Kellog, Glen Wetherby, Rae Butler, Chad Sucese, Dan Mallory, Randy Facto, Scott Danahy, and Steve Larose.
Warren Tire Service Center in Queensbury, New York, is a family owned, locally operated business that specializes in tire sales and automotive service for all makes and models of vehicles. The company has enjoyed continued success by working with the New York On-Site Consultation program to implement an effective workplace safety and health program.
The company’s relationship with the New York On-Site Consultation program began with its first on-site consultation visit at the Queensbury facility in 1990. During the visit, safety and health consultants from the New York On-Site Consultation program assisted the employer in developing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandated programs such as Hazard Communication and Lockout/Tagout programs, to control hazards specific to its workplace. The consultants also identified broken tools and electrical hazards.
Subsequent consultation visits focused on helping the business further develop and establish a formal safety and health program for its workplace. The safety and health program includes procedures for identifying, reporting, and eliminating workplace hazards; the establishment of a joint management and workers’ safety and health committee; and the development of a formal training program for the workforce.
After an effective safety and health program was established, Warren Tire requested to participate in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). SHARP acknowledges small and medium-sized businesses that have used On-Site Consultation Program services and operate exemplary workplace safety and health programs. Small businesses that achieve SHARP status receive an exemption from OSHA or the 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. Warren Tire’s Queensbury location was first recognized as a SHARP participant in 1990. Since then the company has continued to participate in SHARP and received its most recent approval in February 2020. In 2004, the company’s East Greenbush location was recognized as a SHARP location.
Warren Tire Service Center in Queensbury has remained committed to maintaining a safe and healthful workplace. The company experienced no OSHA recordable injuries or illnesses from 2014 to 2019. The reduction in injuries and illnesses at the Queensbury location has reduced the site’s workers’ compensation insurance experience modifier from an annual average of 1.10 to 0.95. This represents a savings of $10,000-$15,000 per year. These savings have helped the company grow from sixty (60) employees and seven (7) locations in 1989 to one hundred-thirty one (131) employees and fifteen (15) locations in 2019. The company is planning to open another location later this year.
The OSHA On-Site Consultation Program offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services to small and medium-sized businesses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories, with priority given to high hazard worksites. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards and how to fix them, provide advice for compliance with OSHA standards, train and educate workers, and assist in establishing and improving safety and health programs. On-Site Consultation services are separate from OSHA enforcement efforts and do not result in penalties or citations. However, employers must agree to correct any serious or imminent danger hazards identified in a timely manner. To locate the OSHA On-Site Consultation program nearest you, call 800-321-OSHA (6742) or visit https://www.osha.gov/Consultation.