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Glastender Inc. Receives Renewed MIOSHA Recognition of their Workplace Safety and Health Excellence

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

June 23, 2014 - Glastender Inc., recently received renewal of its prestigious Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MSHARP) Award certification from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). MIOSHA established the MSHARP 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).

"Glastender is to be commended for its exemplary commitment to workplace safety and health. They have created a culture where protecting workers is a top priority," said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. "This company has been a MSHARP site since 2011 and recognizes that a safe workplace provides the foundation for a productive workplace."

MSHARP targets small manufacturers to help them develop, implement, and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system. MSHARP 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 MSHARP Program. Onsite consultants work with employers to help them become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health. MSHARP worksites earn an exemption from "programmed" MIOSHA inspections on a yearly basis. The MIOSHA review team consisted of Bob Dayringer, CET Senior Onsite Industrial Hygienist, and Bill Shane, CET Senior Onsite Safety Consultant. The site manufactures glass washing equipment and restaurant/bar steel cabinets. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code for Glastender is 332322.

"MSHARP requires a comprehensive consultation visit, and the correction of all serious workplace safety and health hazards," said Yoder. "Glastender has developed a safety and health system that provides first-rate protection for their workers."

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

Some of Glastender’s new improvements include:

  • Employees’ involvement improved as production employees are included in a review of their work instructions and personal protection equipment (PPE) risk assessments.
  • All mandated safety and health programs are reviewed annually.
  • Setting a numerical goal for submission of safety action items (these items are designed to report to management with suggestions for safety and health improvement).
  • Incentive programs now include excellent methods of reinforcing positive employee safety and health actions.

For more information on Glastender Inc., please visit www.glastender.com.

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