The Thomasville, Garner and Eden manufacturing facilities in North Carolina were recently recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) for their exemplary commitment to workplace safety.
"North Carolina has the lowest injury and illness rate in the history of the state. It has been going down for the last 17 years," said Berry during her visit to the Eden plant. "I wish I could take credit for that, but I can't. It's because of all of you and what you do every minute of every day, taking care of each other and yourselves."
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Thomasville is golden for eighth straight year
In May, the Thomasville plant was recognized with the NCDOL's Gold Award for the eighth consecutive year. The Gold Award is given to employers in the state whose safety incident rate is less than 50 percent of the average for each industry group.
The Gold Award is based on the days away, restricted, transferred (DART) rate, which includes cases of days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer.
Eden and Garner show their SHARP
The Eden manufacturing team was commended for maintaining SHARP certification for seven consecutive years, and in May, the Garner Flooring and Molding teams were recognized with initial SHARP designation., a process that takes several years to achieve.
The SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) designation, an initiative coordinated between NCDOL and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA) is a voluntary on-site consultation program that helps companies address hazards and improve work place safety.
To participate in SHARP, facilities must:
- Request a consultation visit that involves a complete hazard identification survey;
- Involve employees in the consultation process;
- Correct hazards identified by the consultant;
- Implement and maintain programs that address OSHA's safety and health guidelines;
- Maintain Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rates below the national average for their industry;
North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry, visited each of the facilities to congratulate the teams.