Columbian Logistics Network Distribution Center in Kentwood Receives Renewed "MSHARP" Certification

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September 5, 2018 - The Columbian Logistics Network-Kentwood Campus, a distribution center located in Kentwood, MI, was recently granted renewal of its Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MSHARP) certification for outstanding workplace safety and health excellence from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

“The MSHARP recognizes successful, collaborative efforts of employees and management in partnership with MIOSHA toward achieving excellence in workplace safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Columbian Logistics received its initial MSHARP status in 2013 and has continued to demonstrate a company culture that prioritizes worker safety that is to be commended.”  

The MSHARP is designed to assist smaller employers with less than 250 employees at the worksite. A priority is given to companies on the MIOSHA list of high-hazard industries, or that are a part of MIOSHA’s Strategic Plan to help them develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system. The program can then target resources where they are most needed. The MSHARP provides an incentive for employers to emphasize accident and illness prevention by anticipating problems, rather than reacting to them.

The MIOSHA Onsite Consultation Program within the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division operates the MSHARP. 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 MSHARP requires a comprehensive consultation visit and the correction of all serious workplace safety and health hazards to achieve certification. Companies interested in the MSHARP can contact the CET Division at (517) 284-7720 to obtain more information, and to schedule an onsite safety and health survey.

Columbian Logistics Network (Columbian) is a full-service logistics company based in Grandville, MI, serving the Midwest and surrounding regions with best-in-class transportation, warehousing, food and manufacturing logistics support. They have 63 employees.Columbian Logistics has an excellent system in place which incorporates each of the seven required MSHARP elements: hazard anticipation and detection; hazard prevention and control; planning and evaluation; administration and supervision; safety and health training; management leadership, and employee participation.

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