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Canterbury Tower Receives The SHARP Award!

Canterbury Tower, a 60 bed skilled nursing health center, prides itself in providing a safe environment for its workforce, residents and visitors. Employees are trained to ensure that a safe environment is maintained at all times. This tremendous task is accomplished by keeping abreast and in compliance with OSHA regulations. To continue to learn innovative practices and keep in compliance with OSHA, Canterbury Tower reached out to the USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program and was put in touch with Mylene Kellerman, consultant for the program.

Canterbury Tower

The health center has worked and continues to work closely with Ms. Kellerman. Her approach and knowledge in educating the management team is what has made Canterbury Tower a knowledgeable and proactive employer. Ms. Kellerman provided the health center with the tools to update and revise the chemical hazard communication program and also alerted the center to issues requiring attention such as relabeling electrical panels. Canterbury Tower has found that participation in the SHARPS Program has made it a better company.

The safety procedures have boosted the employees' morale and productivity. When management supports safety practices, it sends a message to the front line employees that they are important and appreciated for their hard work. The health center has seen a significant reduction in reportable claims since its participation in the SHARPS Program. Canterbury Tower encourages employers to take advantage of the consultation services and contact USF SafetyFlorida to participate and become a recipient of the SHARPS award.

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/