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Bayonet Point Health and Rehabilitation Center – Once Again Proud Recipient of the SHARP Award!

Bayonet Point Health and Rehabilitation Center located in Hudson, Florida, is a 180 bed skilled nursing facility that provides rehabilitation services to assist the elderly and infirmed back to their prior level of function or better to return to the community. The skilled nursing facility also provides long term care to those who are no longer able to care for themselves at home.

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Bayonet Point Proud Recipient of the SHARP Award!

Bayonet Point first contacted USF SafetyFlorida in 2007. The Health and Rehabilitation Center wanted to ensure it was “doing everything possible to provide a safe and healthful work environment for all employees,” says Gina Perino, risk manager and social services director for the center. “We also understood the importance of utilizing such a valuable resource to assist us in improving our existing safety and health programs.”

USF SafetyFlorida’s Mylene Kellerman has had the privilege of working with the center since its initial on-site consultation in 2007. The center earned its first SHARP award in 2007 and then subsequently earned a renewal in 2009. However, there was a one year lapse in SHARP status and the Center worked diligently and tenaciously to regain SHARP status in 2014.

Earning and maintaining the SHARP recognition has been a goal for Bayonet Point since its initial visit. Perino and Trevor Matchim, administrator, recognize the need for greater management and employee involvement in the safety and health process. The center has made a concerted effort to bring safety to the forefront and changed its organizational culture as a result.

“Since beginning to participate in the consultation program seven years ago, we have grown in all areas. We have been more proactive in effectively educating our staff, implementing new programs to improve safety and reduce risk, investigating incidents and holding staff accountable when errors are made and getting staff feedback on ways to further make improvements. Working toward SHARP and maintaining it has given the entire staff a focus and goal they know is achievable,” Perino continues.

Obtaining the SHARP Certification has boosted employee morale and renewed employee focus on safety and accountability. Safety is thoroughly integrated into staff policies and procedures and has become a daily team priority. Staff members automatically think safety and as a result the center has seen a reduction in employee incidents and injuries over the last couple of years.

“We feel that we are a better facility and better employers as a result of the influence the consultation program provides. We have implemented multiple suggestions that have proven to be successful and invaluable to our staff,” says Terri Kirves, director of nursing.

Working with the consultation program has reduced the number of employee injuries that require time away and/or modified work duty which has lowered cost and increased productivity and reduced the center’s workers compensation claims. The healthcare center is committed to workplace safety, and an understanding that their workforce is their most important asset.

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 do the following:

• 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;

• 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/