SHARP Program

SHARP Program

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 

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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.

Safety Tips

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

May is Electrical Safety Month! During which we will continue focusing on safety issues, concerns, hazard prevention, along with so much more! Check out our Facebook page for “Electrical Fail Fridays” and “What not to do” every week this month. You can also find us on Twitter and Google+. Continue to check out our blogs throughout every week this month for more information on Electrical Safety!



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Falconer Electronics Earns SHARP Recertification

4557-sharpCompletes 10 Years Without Days-Away-From-Work Accident

Falconer Electronics was recently recertified into the Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program for maintaining a Safety and Health Program among the most-effective in the nation. The recertification involved a three-way effort between the NYS Department of Labor, Falconer Electronics and Safety Compliance, Inc.

Joe Budzich, NYS Department of Labor Health Auditor and Paul Songin, NYS Department of Labor Safety Auditor, completed the recertification. Falconer Electronics achieved its initial certification into the program in 2002, has maintained the certification since and has not had a days-away-from-work accident since 2005. In addition to recognizing the company for having a highly effective Safety and Health Program, acceptance into the SHARP also grants the company an exemption from routine OSHA inspection that can be renewed every two years.

The company was founded in 1984, and incorporated in 1989 at which time it employed 10 people. Falconer Electronics manufactures circuit boards and electro-mechanical assemblies at a 30,000 square foot facility at 421 W. Everett St. in Falconer, NY. The company’s first assembly project was with AT&T and involved the development and production of power distribution, security as well as temperature control for telecommunications cabinets. Falconer Electronics works for a number of well-known manufacturers and customers, often as a private label source for various components and complete assemblies. Additionally, the company serves the automotive industry, having worked in partnership with a customer prototyping and then producing the first LED lighting assemblies for heavy duty automotive applications.

Since 2003, the company has employed an average of 45 employees.

We are very happy and proud of our personnel. Over the past ten years while participating in the SHARP we have had zero days-away-from-work due to injury. We would like to thank Paul Songin and Joe Budzich from the NYS DOL and Rick Shields and Tim Songin from Safety Compliance for their efforts and support maintaining our certification,” said Roger E. Hall, Falconer Electronics founder and President.

Ten years without a days-away-from-work accident and certification in the SHARP is quite the achievement,” said Tim Songin, safety compliance account manager, who co-chairs the committee. “The ability of Falconer Electronics’ employees to identify and correct potential hazards has allowed the program to achieve continued success.”

The Falconer Electronics safety committee, composed of both line and management personnel, meets on a monthly basis and oversees the company’s written safety policies, annual employee training sessions, and facility safety inspections. An action plan is drafted at the end of each year outlining the company’s monthly goals for the upcoming year.

I am very proud that Falconer Electronics has once again been recertified into the SHARP. This is the result of all parties involved maintaining a high standard of safety in our work environment and a true team effort,” said Gary Baumann, Falconer Electronics Safety Manager.

The company’s certification runs through 2017 at which time it will be up for renewal.