Two Michigan Companies Again Recognized by MIOSHA for Outstanding Workplace Safety and Health

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February 3, 2017 – Two Michigan companies have been awarded renewed status as Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Program worksites, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) announced today.

Columbian Logistics Network – Grand Rapids Distribution Center and Saginaw manufacturer Glastender Incorporated were granted extensions in the MIOSHA program for maintaining outstanding workplace safety and health programs that far surpass their counterparts.

“Both Columbian and Glastender have engaged teams of employees that continue to show the utmost level of commitment to accident and illness prevention,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “MIOSHA is pleased to once again recognize these companies for prioritizing the safety of their workers.”

MIOSHA established the MSHARP to acknowledge employers and employees committed to creating a workplace culture that makes safety their top priority. The program targets small manufacturers to help them develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system.

“At Columbian, safety is our number one value,” said Columbian Executive Vice President Robert Christian. “Achieving MSHARP status further underscores our ability to provide complete supply chain management solutions to our customers who entrust us with the safe and efficient handling of their goods.”

The program provides an incentive for employers to emphasize accident and illness prevention by anticipating problems, not reacting to them. 

"We are honored to be recognized for our ongoing safety improvements,” said Glastender Vice President of Administration Kim Norris. “It is made possible by the commitment to safety our employees show each day and by the leadership provided from our safety administrator, Melvin Kuhl.”

MSHARP worksites earn an exemption from "programmed" MIOSHA inspections on a yearly basis.

Both facilities have an excellent safety and health management 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 Columbian’s latest improvements include assigning chocks to each hi-lo truck to ensure trailers will be chocked before being loaded and unloaded, and adding blue lights to make the hi-los more visible to pedestrians and other hi-lo operators. Best practices for Glastender include new foaming fixtures and switching from wooden to steel carts to improve quality and safety.

Columbian Logistics Network (Columbian) is a full-service logistics company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, serving the Midwest and surrounding regions with best-in-class Transportation, Warehousing, Food and Manufacturing Logistics support.

Glastender, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of bar and restaurant equipment.

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