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New England Fertilizer Company West Palm Beach Facility - Proud Recipient of its First SHARP Award!

In July of this year, the West Palm Beach facility of the New England Fertilizer Company (NEFCO) earned its first Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Award. This Award recognizes small business, in this case NEFCO’s West Palm Beach facility, which operates an industry leading injury and illness prevention program. Acceptance into SHARP from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is an achievement of status that singles NEFCO out as a model for worksite safety and health.

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NEFCO is proud of all employees, and the USF SafetyFlorida on-site consultation team, who helped in this process. As a result of NEFCO’s injury and illness prevention program, the West Palm Beach facility has achieved over 800 days without an OSHA recordable injury and over 1,050 days without a lost time injury. The facility has a sustainable safety culture that systematically eliminates workplace hazards. “We are extremely pleased to have received this award and have begun the preparation necessary to obtain the same designation at one of our Massachusetts facilities in the near future” says Nate Clinard, Vice President, Corporate Safety.

NEFCO, founded in 1986, is a leading provider of biosolids thermal drying design, build, and operations services for the Water and Wastewater Treatment Industry. The company is headquartered in Massachusetts and has facilities located throughout the United States. The facility in West Palm Beach employs 16 people and the company has a corporate wide employment of 65 people.

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/