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Alti-2 Soars High With Another SHARP Renewal

Alti-2, Inc., an altimeter manufacturer for the sport and military parachuting industry, renewed it’s SHARP award in January. For the Deland-based company, this is the fourth time it has been recognized by OSHA and USF SafetyFlorida for exemplary workplace safety and health.

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Employees at Alti-2 proud of their SHARP certificate renewal

Alti-2 takes the manufacturing of its products and safety very seriously. “Safety does not happen by accident, safety never takes a holiday with us”, says Kathy Grix, Owner, Alti-2.

The company has a staff of 20 employees at its 6,000-square foot facility. Here workers perform tasks such as mechanical and electronics assembly, soldering, and hot and cold testing. Personal protective equipment is a must to ensure employees protect their eyes, ears and skin. “Working with a small company like Alti-2 is like working with family,” says USF SafetyFlorida's, Mylene Kellerman, who helped the company earn its fourth SHARP renewal. Alti-2 is proud to have an open door policy so that customers can tour the facility to see how products are manufactured and how safety permeates everything the company does.

Since 2006 the company has been working with USF SafetyFlorida. It received its first SHARP award in 2007, and since 2008 it has had a zero Total Recordable Case (TRC) and Days, Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rate. Some of the more recent safety and health enhancements the company has made include developing and implementing the new global harmonization system requirements for the use and safe handling of hazardous chemicals. “Implementing safety and health takes much time and effort, but pays handsomely in the long run with a sustained excellent safety record,” says Ms. Grix.

The SHARP award is an important honor for Alti-2. The program takes pride in a new and improved safety and health management system and also increased employees’ safety awareness and involvement.

OSHA gives its SHARP award to small and medium-sized employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system. To qualify, a company must request an on-site consultation from USF SafetyFlorida; involve employees in the consultation process; correct hazards identified by the consultant; implement and maintain a safety and health management system that adheres to OSHA’s 1989 Safety and Health Management System guidelines; maintain DART and TRC rates below the national average for the company’s industry; and agree to notify USF SafetyFlorida prior to making any changes to working conditions or introducing new hazards into the workplace.

To learn more about USF SafetyFlorida and the importance of workplace safety and health, visit http://www.usfsafetyflorida.com/