Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
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January 22, 2018 - Astech Alloy Steel Technologies, Inc. in Vassar 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). The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
“I commend Astech for its company culture that promotes management commitment, employee involvement and a desire to excel in safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “We look forward to their continued participation in the MSHARP cooperative program.”
MSHARPis designed to assist employers with less than 250 employees develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system. The program provides an incentive for employers to emphasize accident and illness prevention by anticipating problems, not reacting to them.
The MIOSHA Onsite Consultation Program within the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division operates the MSHARP. MSHARP worksites earn an exemption from "programmed" MIOSHA inspections. Onsite consultants work with employers to help them become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health.
Astech 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 Astech’s improvements and new initiatives include requiring hearing protection for all workers throughout the production area, as a result of noise exposure monitoring. The company will also cease all production one full day each year to conduct annual employee safety and health training.
Astech Alloy Steel Technologies has grown to become a preferred global supplier of low and mid-volume steel and wear resistant chrome iron castings. They specialize in the production of steel castings, stainless steel castings, alloy steel castings, gray iron castings, and prototype castings. Their casting process: Green Sand, No-Bake, Shell, Ceramic, Graphite, and ARB. More information on Astech, Inc. can be found at www.astechcast.com and www.astechblast.com.
Companies interested in the Michigan SHARP program can contact MIOSHA’s CET Division Onsite Consultation Program to discuss details and to schedule an onsite safety and health survey. A Michigan SHARP information kit that includes the application guidelines, is available at www.michigan.gov/miosha.
For more information about MIOSHA, please visit http://www.michigan.gov/miosha.
For more information about LARA, please visit www.michigan.gov/lara.