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Main Metal Recycling Renews SHARP certification

In November, Main Metal Recycling, located in Jacksonville, renewed its OSHA SHARP status for its exemplary safety and health management programs. The company has been providing scrap metal recycling services to industries and individuals for over 60 years. Main Metal Recycling specializes in buying and recycling ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal from manufacturers, contractors and the general public. They are proud to belong to an industry that provides thousands of jobs, diverts millions of tons of materials from landfills, and makes a positive impact on the U.S. balance of trade and resource sustainability.

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Main Metal Recycling learned about the SHARP program in June 2010, when Plant Manager, Micah Thornton, attended a Florida Recycler’s Association meeting where a presentation introduced the services offered through USF SafetyFlorida Consultation. The company received its first safety consultation from USF SafetyFlorida's Ned Fayson in 2010. Since then, Fayson has provided ongoing guidance and encouragement to the company throughout the certification and recertification process.

In 2012, a new Ferrous Yard operation was added to the recycling facility resulting in the performance of steel processing activities. This in turn generated the potential for noise and air contaminant hazards to be introduced in the work environment which prompted the company to request a health and safety evaluation to maintain SHARP status.

“Our desire is to improve our safety and health culture among all employees”, states President, Tammy Wainright. “USF SafetyFlorida Consultation provides the information and services needed to create and maintain a safe work environment, and the high standard that the SHARP program sets, challenges us to continue to pursue the award and the safety culture recognition”, she adds.

For Main Metal Recycling, an increase in employee involvement in workplace safety and health is one of the most positive results of participating in SHARP. The experience has helped all employees take ownership of their work with an inspired attitude about safety, including looking out for each other.

The entire staff/team at Main Metal Recycling actively fosters a safety culture driven by accident prevention, demonstration of safe work practices, training and involvement. Their goal is to continue to build a positive spirit at work where all employees dedicate themselves jointly to working safely. While the Recycling Industry average DART rate is 3.5, Main Metal Recycling has a DART rate of 0.0.

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. The SHARP renewal qualifies the recycling facility with an exemption period from OSHA inspections for up to three years.

To learn more about the SHARP program or to request an on-site consultation, visit www.usfsafetyflorida.com.