Anova creates better work enviornment, saves money with SHARP
St. Louis-based site furniture manufacturer Anova found membership in Missouri’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) not only created a better work environment, but also saved the company money.
“With no accidents, your insurance premiums are better,” Anova Plant Manager Mike Carter said. “People are here working instead of being out sick. It definitely helps the bottom line.”
SHARP is designed to honor small businesses that operate effective safety and health management programs. Businesses seeking membership in the program begin by working with the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program.
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.
According to Carter, participation in the On-Site Program with a goal of achieving SHARP status helped take Anova’s safety practices “to the next level.”
“If there are hazards out there that you didn’t see or someone else didn’t see, they (On-Site inspectors) generally catch those, and they are fixed,” Carter explained. “Then, they are put into your inspection so things don’t go back to the way they were.”
Anova had its first On-Site inspection in May 2013, and quickly gained SHARP status just four months later. In that short time, Carter noted a shift in employee morale.
“People are happier to come to work,” he said. “People like coming to a nice, clean, safe place to work.”
In addition to the uplifted mood, Carter said the recognition also gives Anova employees a source of pride because without their dedication to safety, membership in SHARP would not be possible.
The program has been so beneficial to Anova, the company established maintenance of its SHARP membership in its official manufacturing goals.
“You can’t beat it,” Carter said. “It can save you a lot of money and make your workplace safer.”
To qualify for 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.