Holloway America joins SHARP Association
Springfield-based Holloway America is the newest member of Missouri’s Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program, and the company has found improving their safety program has paid off in many ways.
“We’re safe and we can prove it,” Holloway America Safety Director Kevin Mau said of the new designation. “It’s something to be proud of.”
SHARP honors small businesses that operate effective safety and health management programs in Missouri.
The company makes stainless steel pressure vessels and tanks, tank components and custom engineered equipment, and its workers are exposed to hazards in the process. Sharp cutting edges, working from heights and machine shop guarding are a few things employees and management are concerned with.
“First, it’s important that our employees are staying safe,” Mau said. “We’re a family here. We don’t want to see family impacted negatively.”
Mau said the On Site program proved to help Holloway America keep its employees safe by guiding management in implementing safety practices and helping to change the workplace culture.
The On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program is designed for businesses in high hazard industries. During the consultation, there is a mock OSHA-type inspection. 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.
Since starting the program, Holloway America has seen a drastic reduction in workplace injuries.
Mau estimated that Holloway America’s costs related to on-the-job injuries have decreased by approximately 85 percent since the company’s involvement with Missouri’s On Site Safety and Health Consultation Program—the first step toward earning SHARP designation.
In addition to a drastic reduction in costs, Mau says some of the biggest changes brought about through SHARP are a shift in the culture and an increase in efficiency.
“If everyone is safe, everything will work as it should, and the company as a whole is more efficient,” he said.
Holloway America was honored for its accomplishment in earning SHARP status Jan. 21 at the company’s Springfield manufacturing plant. To learn more about the company or its SHARP induction, watch this video.
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.