The acronym SHARP stands for Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program. The SHARP program works with small businesses who have made a commitment to operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program. There are many benefits with belonging to the SHARP program:
- Protect employees from workplace safety and health hazards
- Follow OSHA guidelines on safety best practices to protect workers
- Boosting morale by creating a safe and dynamic work environment for employees
- Reduce workplace injuries
Benefits of SHARP
There are also significant financial rewards participating in the SHARP program. As a part of the SHARP program, companies are able to achieve reduced insurance and workman’s compensation rates. These better rates can be attributed to the elevated status that SHARP gives a company. Participation in SHARP shows that companies are willing to go the ‘extra mile’ for their employees.
Also the SHARP program allows small business owners and management the ability to closely adhere to OSHA regulations. This helps prevent costly violations during an OSHA inspection.
The SHARP program keeps a close eye on all workplace activity in our manufacturing facility. Precaution and diligence is crucial when working with any electrical product. Falconer Electronics Inc. was first certified by SHARP in 2002 (15 years ago) and has been working with their consultants ever since. Throughout these 15 years we have learned the types of potential hazards that SHARP looks for. We have been able to work side by side with the consultants to prevent injuries and any harmful situations.
According to safety consultant Tim Songin from Safety Compliance, Inc, personal protective equipment (PPE) is the biggest violator that his firm encounters while consulting manufacturers. “PPE is the most common oversight with most manufacturers that our team consults”, says Songin. It is interesting that failing with the fundamental basics in workplace safety is a common culprit.
Below are a few tips that Songin recommends:
1. Proper Training – a few minutes on preventative measures can save many dollars and hours of frustration
2. Avoid careless mistakes – Sometimes easier said than done, but focus on the basics
3. Clean work stations – Many hazards are caused by simply not maintaining a clutter-free work area
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