A SHARP success story
Haltec Corporation earns SHARP status through positive partnership with BWC OSHA on-site
On a chilly morning in February Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer began his day with a visit to a company in Salem, Ohio. That's because Haltec Corporation, who's worked with BWC's Paul Monus and Mike McAtee from OSHA on-site
for the last 18 months, had achieved Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) status.
The plan was for the administrator to present an award to the company for achieving SHARP status — that's significant. However, something even more powerful happened - the ripple effect.
The ripple effect BWC employees have when they consult with employers is significant too.
Everyone at Haltec seemed to be proud and happy they worked in a safer place. But it was more than that. They had a sense of pride in themselves for the accomplishment, not attributed to one person but all involved working
on the project, and that included BWC employees who are now part of their team in their eyes.
- The owner of the company flew in from Florida for the occasion.
- The project specialist mentioned how much company employees "loved" working with BWC. Monus and McAtee had been a big help teaching them ways to make their workplace safe and inspiring them to continue looking
for better ways.
- The local safety council and chamber of commerce sent representatives to the ceremony.
After the ceremony, Administrator Buehrer received a tour of the plant. He saw things in work processes that were changed and introduced to employees who've worked at Haltec for years. All shared stories about what a great
place it is to work. Some even have relatives working there. One woman said her two daughters and two cousins worked there. You could tell this company cares about its employees.
But, maybe, the biggest example of the ripple effect came from the head of sales. He said that from working with BWC employees, the company realized it should be selling safety with the product. The sales rep said customers
have commented over and over that the safety lesson they receive with the product is highly valued. However, the company took it a step further and created a new product line.
Haltec sells tire valves. For years the process to get a reading on the pressure of the gauge has been the same, a person bends down and puts the gauge on a tire not knowing if it has been compromised and could blow up
with a little added pressure. So, they created a gauge system that allows the reading and filling of the tire to be done at a safe distance and automatically. He attributed all these changes to the safety culture Haltec
Experience the ripple effect yourself. Find out more about OSHA on-site and SHARP.