Stressing safety: Prestressed Casting Company joins SHARP
Prestressed Casting Company of Springfield is the latest Missouri business to be accepted into the prestigious Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), and company officials and employees are already seeing the difference.
“Having the SHARP designation is just a plus for your workforce,” Prestressed Casting Company Safety Director Dean Padgett said. “It’s helpful for the company on being able to create a safe workplace. It’s better for acquiring future jobs from clients, and it helps create a better culture among our construction guys that it’s not just about working.”
SHARP honors small businesses that operate effective safety and health management programs in Missouri.
Prestressed Casting Company will be presented a SHARP flag and proclamation later this month, making 37 Missouri businesses currently accepted into SHARP. Padgett and others at Prestressed Casting Company take great pride in this achievement.
“I can talk to our guys and say, ‘Because of your efforts, look what we got. We have this achievement where we are recognized by the state,’” he said. “And, then our workers think, ‘We aren’t just construction workers anymore. We are safety workers recognized by the state.’”
Acceptance into SHARP begins with an On-Site Safety and Health Consultation where consultants with the Missouri Department of Labor conduct a mock OSHA-type inspection to help the business improve safety practices. The results of this inspection are confidential and are not shared with OSHA. The findings are meant to help identify and correct hazards without imposing costly fines, resulting in safer workplaces for employees and better bottom lines for the company.
“They are like walking books of knowledge,” Padgett said. “I learned so much through our consultant.”
In addition to providing recognition for committing to create a safe workplace, SHARP members are excluded from routine OSHA inspections for one to three years, saving the business time and money in potential fines.
To participate in SHARP, a business must have 250 employees or less at one location and less than 500 employees corporation wide.
If you are interested in taking the first steps toward becoming a SHARP company or would like assistance making your company a safer place to work, call 573-522-SAFE or complete the online application to schedule an On-Site Safety and Health consultation.