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Alro Metals Service Center Boca Raton

For some businesses, improving safety is a given. In these businesses, the practice of safety is never questioned and is always at the forefront of every decision. This holds true at Alro Metals Service Center of Boca Raton, where their motivation is simple--to keep employees safe.

For some businesses, improving safety is a given. In these businesses, the practice of safety is never questioned and is always at the forefront of every decision. This holds true at Alro Metals Service Center of Boca Raton, where their motivation is simple--to keep employees safe. Alro Metals succeeded in that and this year earned its first SHARP recognition.

Alro Metals has a 90,000-square-foot facility with 41 employees. As a distributor of raw materials (aluminum, carbon and stainless steel) to south Florida, South and Central America and the Caribbean, it supplies manufacturing markets such as the aerospace, computer, construction, defense, medical and commercial manufacturing industries. According to John Santarelli, Alro Metals’ general manager, “As a company, safety has always been really important. We wanted to improve and build upon what we already have.”

That they did. Despite being in an industry that typically sees high injury rates, it had only two injuries and illnesses in 2008. The company focuses on continuous improvements and benchmarks against its past performance, a routine practice of the ISO 9001-certified firm. This benchmarking helped the company significantly reduce its TRC rate from 13.2 in 2006 to 3.9 in 2008, a 70% reduction. Its DART rate also dropped dramatically, from 12.9 in 2006 to 3.9 in 2008. The industry average for metal and minerals merchant wholesalers is 4.8.

John Gardner, warehouse manager, adds “The warehouse environment changes a lot, processes change. As a company, you’re always trying to do things more efficiently and effectively. USF SafetyFlorida provided a different set of eyes and a different way of looking at our safety initiatives.”
As part of Alro Metals’ safety and health management system, its safety committee meets once a month to review safety and training issues. Additionally, all employees have an opportunity to participate in the safety system through its process improvements team, safety committee and daily meetings and also by recommending changes or improvements. “The dedication of the employees in this facility has substantially improved the working environment. Alro believes in exceeding our customer’s expectations. When it comes to safety, our employees are our customers.”