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CLASSB, Inc., A Proud First-Time Recipient of the SHARP Award

ClassB, Inc., a leading national provider of custom screen printed garments to non-profit youth serving organizations, earned its first SHARP award in February 2014. The company moved from Zephyrhills to Tampa in January 2013. This small business, with the help of its 40 employees, has the honor of making custom t-shirts for local businesses, schools, and clubs including the Boy Scouts of America.

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Upon moving to the new facility, the employer contacted OSHA inspectors and safety professionals about incorporating ‘best safe work practices and worksite specific safety regulations’. “We needed expert advice and feedback regarding our current safety practices and wanted to identify opportunities for improvement”, said ClassB Safety Director, Gregg Hilferding. The USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program came highly recommended by a company affiliate.

USF SafetyFlorida’s David Ashman and Mylene Kellerman had the privilege of working with ClassB to help the safety committee develop and implement safety and health programs, identify workplace hazards and offer suggestions on how to reduce potential hazards in other areas. “We replaced electrical drops, covered an unused opening in an electrical circuit breaker and removed several unnecessary extension cords”, says Luis Rojas, Production Manager.    

As a result of the consultation process, ClassB rewrote its safety program to better reflect the new and revised hazard communication and PPE assessment requirements and changed its screen wash procedures to reduce hazardous chemical usage. “The company is very excited and honored to achieve SHARP status. All employees and managers are committed to implementing safety practices in the workplace every day,” says Margarita Burgos, Office Manager.

“Safety takes a lot of hard work and perseverance but is a worthy effort in the long run”, continues Margarita. One of the biggest challenges the safety team faced was revising, updating and correcting many of the templates previously used for the safety program. “We were able to eliminate a lot of unnecessary content by trimming the documents down to only include relevant information”, says Rojas. “Working with USF SafetyFlorida consultants has been a very rewarding experience for the company. “The guidance we were provided enabled us to identify potential safety hazards and ways to correct them,” continues Rojas.

The company is highly commended for having a zero accident rate for the past three consecutive years. The SHARP award is an important honor for ClassB. The company takes pride in a new and improved safety and health management system and has also increased safety awareness and involvement for employees.

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/