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Allied Scrap Processors, Inc. - Proud Recipient of the SHARP Award

In January 2015, Allied Scrap Processors, Inc. earned its first SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition) award. The company located in Lakeland, Florida, is a fully integrated scrap metal processing facility recycling everything from aluminum cans to rail road cars. A family owned and operated business; Allied Scrap Processors buys materials from individuals, companies and government agencies and then sells the finished product to mills, smelters, foundries and refiners that manufacture metal products.

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The company learned about the OSHA On-site Consultation Program from a Southeast OSHA director who gave a presentation at a trade association meeting. Allied Scrap Processors has a long history of providing a safe work environment and thought the program gave them the opportunity to improve their performance.

During the first USF SafetyFlorida walkthrough of the work site the employer was delighted by the perspective of a trained outside observer. The consultants advised management on some of the facility’s infrastructure designs that had not really looked at since they were originally built. Based on this advice, the facility completed the recommended modifications for the conveyor systems and maintenance shop. The consultants also helped the company be more effective with all of required documentation pertaining to safety. Beyond safety alone, the consultants also gave some recommendations that improved the documentation of equipment preventive maintenance.

The company’s safety and health management has also improved through the expertise and experience of the USF consultants. “USF SafetyFlorida has been very helpful in recommending better safety equipment for our staff to use. They also helped us implement an Attention to Safety Program that we incorporated into our monthly safety meetings,” says Rose Mock, president of the company.

The company has also reexamined all of their safety procedures with the assistance of USF SafetyFlorida and that prompted them to redo most of their training and inspection reports. “This has proved extremely beneficial for us and has given us the tools to improve our work environment for our staff and customers,” says, Frank Giglia, Jr., safety director for the company.

The company’s best tangible result is that in 2014 they had no recordable injuries!

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/