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Cintas Corporation #354 Receives SHARP Award for Workplace Safety and Health Excellence

Contact: Andrea Miller 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

May 28, 2014 – Cintas Corporation #354 of Macomb received the prestigious Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award today for an exemplary safety and health management system.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) established the Michigan SHARP Award to recognize employers that have achieved workplace safety and health excellence far beyond their peers. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

“We are very pleased to welcome Cintas Corporation #354 into this elite group of companies who provide outstanding safety and health protection for their workers,” said Stephanie Comai, LARA Deputy Director. “We applaud your success in this industry – while you diligently protect your employees.”

MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder presented the SHARP Award to Rick Toepel, Cintas Corporation #354 General Manager, and the entire Macomb team. Invited guests, management personnel and employees attended the ceremony.

The Michigan SHARP Program targets small, high-hazard employers – to help them develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system. SHARP provides an incentive for employers to emphasize accident and illness prevention by anticipating problems, rather than simply reacting to them.

The MIOSHA Onsite Consultation Program within the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division operates the Michigan SHARP Program. Onsite consultants work with employers to help them become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health. SHARP worksites earn an exemption from “programmed” MIOSHA inspections on a yearly basis.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code for Cintas Corporation #354 is 812332 – Industrial Launderer, which is classified as a high-hazard industry. The facility has 121 employees. The MIOSHA onsite review team consisted of Joe Barela, Senior Onsite Safety Consultant, and Tommy Kesterson, Onsite Industrial Hygienist.

In 2012 Cintas Corporation #354 had Total Incident Rate (TCIR) rates and Days Away from Work and Restricted/Transfer Cases (DART) rates below the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average. Their TCIR was 1.61 compared to the BLS rate of 6.0 for this type of industry.

“The Michigan SHARP Program requires a comprehensive consultation visit, and the correction of all serious workplace safety and health hazards,” said Yoder. “Cintas Corporation #354 has developed a safety and health system that provides outstanding protection for their workers.”

The company has an excellent system in place, which incorporates each of the seven required SHARP elements: Hazard Anticipation and Detection; Hazard Prevention and Control; Planning and Evaluation; Administration and Supervision; Safety and Health Training; Management Leadership; and Employee Participation.

The Cintas Corporation is headquartered in Cincinnati; Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for approximately 900,000 businesses. Cintas operates approximately 430 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, including six manufacturing plants and nine distribution centers that employ approximately 30,000 people.

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 Cintas Corporation receives SHARP award


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