The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) recently celebrated Amesbury Sealing Products for being one of only eleven companies in the Commonwealth to be awarded a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certification.
The SHARP is a joint venture between the Occupational and Health Safety Administration (OSHA) at the United States Department of Labor and the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS) which is with EOLWD. A tour of the plant facility was conducted with company management followed by a presentation of a SHARP flag and certificate to the company’s owner. All of the company’s employees proudly participated in the recognition ceremony.
Amesbury Sealing Products is located in Amesbury, and the facility employs approximately 55 people. It manufactures a line of standard and custom weather stripping and sealing products for use in windows and similar components.
SHARP is a national program which provides incentives and support to smaller (fewer than 250 employees) high-hazard industries. DLS administers and enforces this program through their OSHA Consultation Program. Businesses that choose to pursue SHARP must work with their own employees as well as DLS to develop, implement, and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health programs.
At the recent site visit, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Joanne F. Goldstein was impressed with the company’s safety standards: “Amesbury Sealing Products has demonstrated the willingness and the commitment to expend time, effort, and resources on making workplace safety and health a priority at their facility. They have created a workplace safety culture that embraces employee involvement. The SHARP certificate at Amesbury Sealing Products is another great example of this Administration’s commitment to public-private partnerships.”
SHARP recognizes employers who have exemplary safety and health programs that result in the immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses. For more information about becoming a SHARP company, please visit, http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/on-site-consultation-program/sharp.html