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To Keep SHARP Flag Flying Motivates BAE Systems Aerospace Solutions to Earn SHARP Renewal

BAE Systems Aerospace Solutions, a business area within BAE Systems Support Solutions, recently received a SHARP renewal from USF SafetyFlorida. In Crestview, Fla., the company specializes in repairs and modifications to civilian and military aircraft, and is located near Eglin Air Force Base.

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USF SafetyFlorida's Mike Tartal (second from left) holds the OSHA SHARP flag with members from BAE Systems' Crestview, Fla. facility. The company has been in OSHA's SHARP program since 2005.

It employs approximately 100 workers, ranging from engineers, aircraft maintenance technicians, administrative support and management. The facility has been in OSHA’s SHARP program since 2005.

On any given day, BAE Systems employees can be found inspecting aircraft, performing design modifications and aircraft upgrades, as well as fabricating new aircraft structural components within the facility’s two aircraft hangars. Safety and health is an integral part of BAE Systems’ culture. “Since the first SHARP award was presented, our personnel, from upper management down, has distinguished our safety and health program as a high priority program,” says Nicholas Mims, a BAE Systems safety officer.

BAE Systems’ Crestview facility has a safety incentive program that rewards employees for suggesting safety enhancements. Each month, a $75 gift card is given by the safety committee to encourage ownership and a proactive voice in the safety program. “I believe $75 dollars a month is a small price to pay for making your work place safer and having your employees feel like they have some ownership in the safety program,” says Mims.

In addition to its incentive program, Mims also says facility cleanliness is a major contributor to their safety record. “Our hangar facility is immaculate anytime you walk through our doors. Many people have said it is so clean you could probably eat off of our hangar floor”

To keep its SHARP status top-of-mind, BAE Systems keeps its SHARP flag flying proudly in front of the facility. “Our employees want to keep that flag hanging out front; they are proud of it,” says Mims.

USF SafetyFlorida’s Mike Tartal has worked with BAE Systems since 2009. “BAE Systems has a carefully planned, detailed, and well implemented health and safety management system.”

Aerospace Solutions is part of BAE Systems Support Solutions, supporting the Department of Defense and Federal Agency customers with innovative solutions. Aerospace Solutions provides a broad range of technical and professional services; aircraft modernization and sustainment; life-cycle services and support for C4ISR systems and integrated logistics solutions to the Department of Defense and national security agency programs.

OSHA’s SHARP award is given to small businesses with less than 500 employees that demonstrate exemplary workplace safety and health practices. USF SafetyFlorida recommends employers to OSHA that meet SHARP criteria. To qualify, the employer must request an on-site consultation, involve employees in workplace safety and health, correct any hazards identified during the consultation process, and maintain an injury and illness rate lower than its industry average. To learn more about the SHARP program or to request an on-site consultation, visit www.usfsafetyflorida.com.