Sharp Recognition for Second MI Plant

May 16, 2012

In recognition of its safety and health management systems, MI Windows & Doors' manufacturing facility in Gratz, Pa., has received a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award from the Occupational Safety & Health Admnistration.

This is the second MI facility to be recognized. Its Hegins, Pa., plant, which received the Sharp award last year, was also recently recertified under the OSHA program.

The award is designed for employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system facility. Out of 7 million U.S. work sites, less than 2,000 have earned OSHA Sharp certification, the company notes.

To qualify, companies must undergo a comprehensive audit, correct all identified hazards, demonstrate that effective safety and health programs are in place, and maintain injury rates below the national average for the last three years. The MI Gratz manufacturing facility’s final day of full inspection occurred on February 1, 2012.

Some of the safety improvements that the team at Gratz made to qualify for Sharp included improvements to machine guarding to prevent all types of injuries, changes in processes and jobs to be ergonomically friendly, cross training and job rotation, creation of safety teams for more awareness and team support, and training new and existing employees on all types of hazards, MI reports.