How a Utah company reduced its recordable injuries by 60%
Jennmar Corporation is a family-owned company that develops and manufactures a broad range of quality ground control products designed to make mining and tunneling safer and more efficient. The Clearfield, Utah business has been in business since 1993 and has 60 employees.
Jennmar also holds the distinction of being one of the oldest Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)-approved companies in the state of Utah.
The company implemented a management-based approach to safety back in 2005. As a result of this approach and a partnering relationship with OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program, the company has enjoyed a consistent reduction over the years in incidence rates of Total Recordable Rate (TRR) 60-percent reduction, and Days Away Restricted or Transferred Rate (DART) 62-percent reduction (using 2005 as the base year).
How they did it
- developed and implemented effective new training programs
- carried best practices to all facilities
- increase employee involvement, with employees bringing new improvement ideas, safety concerns, and feedback to management
- greatly improved upon its corrective/preventive action and abatement process by giving specific time frames for completion of action items from audits and incident investigations
About the program
OSHA's On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. See Labor Commission, Utah Occupational Safety and Health (UOSH).
The company began its relationship with OSHA's On-site Consultation Program, more than 15 years ago in Pennsylvania and has SHARP status at its facilities in Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. According to Raymond Shanks, Jennmar’s Safety/ISO Systems Supervisor, the company cites this accomplishment “as a selling point to customers new and old – gaining new clients and assuring current clients that they are truly a safety-focused company.”
Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program recognizes small business employers who have used OSHA's On-site Consultation Program services and operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program. Acceptance of a worksite into SHARP from OSHA is an achievement of status that singles a company out among its business peers as a model for worksite safety and health.