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Seaonus Stevedoring’s Belief in Creating a Safe Work Environment for Everyone Leads to SHARP Recognition

Seaonus Stevedoring of Jacksonville recently received a SHARP award from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and USF SafetyFlorida. This is the marine cargo handling company’s first SHARP recognition, which is given to small to medium-sized employers with exemplary safety and health management practices. The company employs 67 workers.

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Seaonus Stevedoring received OSHA's SHARP award in January 2013. This is the company's first SHARP.

Seaonus Stevedoring requested its first on-site safety and health consultation from USF SafetyFlorida in October 2012 after being referred to the consultation program by Portus Stevedoring, another SHARP award recipient. “We wanted to improve the facility’s awareness of safety,” said Darren Warren, the company’s maintenance, security and safety director, when asked what prompted the company to contact USF SafetyFlorida.

USF Safety Florida’s Mike Tartal performed an assessment of the company’s overall safety and health management system and found no workplace hazards during his visit. “Seaonus Stevedoring has one of the best warehouse operations that I have ever seen,” said Tartal. Upon learning that no hazards were found during Mike’s initial consultation, Warren says that employees’ morale and pride increased.

Tartal recommended that the company continue to emphasize to all employees that any successful safety program needs their ongoing support to maintain the high standards that have been achieved. Today, Warren says employees’ safety involvement and management’s commitment to safety are even stronger. “All associates of Seaonus Stevedoring truly believe in creating a safe work environment for everyone.”

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.