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A&N Corporation - 'Safety Begins With Teamwork!'

In October 2015, A&N Corporation received its first SHARP award. The company, located in Williston, Florida, employs 85 workers all committed to the corporate motto: "Striving for perfection. Achieving excellence!" A&N specializes in the manufacturing, polishing, cleaning, packing, storage and shipping of high and ultra-high vacuum components for the aerospace industry, national laboratories, colleges and universities and original equipment manufacturers.

A&N Corporation

The company first learned about USF SafetyFlorida when Mr. Richard Shroyer, Safety Manager, attended an OSHA seminar in Jacksonville, Florida. “The President of our company, Mr. Dan Vaudreuil and all management wanted help and assistance to create and develop a safety culture within the company where all employees are responsible for safety and capable of recognizing unsafe practices and situations. Additionally, we wanted to ensure that our company was in compliance with OSHA regulations and requirements. So we reached out to USF SafetyFlorida!”, says Mr. Shroyer.

USF SafetyFlorida’s Michael Tartal had the privilege of consulting with the company beginning in 2012. During the initial visit, he noticed a few safety hazards including a bench lathe that did not have a suitable guard to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from sharp metal turnings and flying metal chips. Additionally, A&N’s written hazardous energy control (Lockout-Tagout) Program did not contain equipment specific procedures for the shutdown, de-energization, and lockout-tagout of equipment and the written hazard communication program did not properly address the new Global Harmonization System requirements.

Tartal also made a referral to the USF SafetyFlorida industrial hygiene team for noise monitoring and isocyanates and welding fumes sampling to ensure levels were below OSHA’s requirements. The progressive safety and health program assistance resulted in the company updating required written safety and health programs, formalizing safety training, and revising several forms, policies and procedures. “We wanted to ensure our safety programs were not only ‘OSHA compliant’ but also active, working documents that are informative, educational and timely for employees,” says Shroyer.

For A&N Corporation, the on-site consultation process has been successful on a variety of levels. After the first visit, front line workers, the safety committee and management began to recognize workplace safety needs, equipment concerns and the importance of developing and implementing comprehensive safety procedures. The visit also assisted in creating an atmosphere where the safety committee became more active and involved in the handling of employee safety concerns and detection of unsafe work practices. This also allowed the safety committee, the maintenance department and management to develop, implement and maintain safety measures that are in alignment with OSHA regulations.

“USF SafetyFlorida has helped employees and management identify and recognize safety issues and how to rectify them. The consultants brought our company in-line with OSHA regulations and requirements and helped create an atmosphere where employees can speak up about concerns that involve safety, and how to correct these issues. Employees realize that management values their safety in the workplace above all else,” continues Shroyer.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility and participating in SHARP has created a work environment where all employees work together as a team. Working towards SHARP recognition has also helped create a voice for the employee and has changed the culture within the company. It has allowed employees to understand how safety affects them on a daily basis and shown them how to recognize hazards and potential hazards and how to correct them before they result in an injury. For A&N Corporation, earning the SHARP designation has created a team of safety conscious employees dedicated to safety through involvement.

OSHA gives its SHARP award to small and medium-sized employers (250 or less employees onsite, 500 or less employees corporate-wide) 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 draft 2015 Safety and Health Program Management guidelines;
  • have a MOD rate at or below 0.80;
  • have a DART and TRC rate at least 25% below the national average for the company’s industry;
  • show a downward trend in DART and TRC rates over the course of three consecutive years;
  • 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/