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LifeSpan Recycling Company, Inc. – Proud Recipient of its first SHARP award!

In October 2014, LifeSpan Recycling Company, Inc., Tampa, earned its first Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award. LifeSpan provides hardware recycling and disposal, data destruction, hardware resale, and a full range of IT asset disposition services to corporations, OEMs, and municipalities nationwide. The company prides itself in offering corporations and organizations the flexibility of handling large quantities of equipment with a customized program and works exclusively with EPA-registered and regulation-compliant downstream partners to maintain the highest standards of environmental protection, as well as full compliance with local, state, and national regulations.

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In 2012, LifeSpan’s Tampa facility had a DART rate that was twice the industry average. The facility contacted USF SafetyFlorida following receipt of an OSHA site specific targeting letter and an OSHA compliance visit. USF SafetyFlorida’s David Ashman and Mylene Kellerman had the privilege of working with the company and providing safety and health consultation guidance and assistance. “Implementing an effective safety and health management system, encouraging greater employee participation in the safety process and providing more site specific training resulted in a dramatic drop in DART rate, cost savings with insurance, and we looked good to clients”, says Mr. Mathew Hansen, corporate safety director. “We addressed all hazards and potential hazards though critical thought and root cause analysis”, continues Hansen.

Productive weekly and monthly safety meetings where employees share situations or areas of concern are now the norm and have helped identify and address potential hazards in the workplace. The Tampa facility now prides itself in a zero DART rate.

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/