WPT Power Corporation, a mechanical power transmission manufacturer, announces that it has been awarded the distinguished Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award. The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes small business employers who implement and continuously improve effective safety and health management systems at their work site. Acceptance of a company’s work site into SHARP from OSHA is a significant achievement. This certification is only held by 43 companies of the approximate 400,000 small businesses in Texas.
“I am proud of all our employees who earned this recognition and for all of their efforts to achieve OSHA SHARP status," says Lane Brock, President of WPT Power. "This is an important distinction for WPT. Workplace safety is very important in today's competitive environment."
“Accomplishing this recognition and the work that goes into having a safe, efficient workplace has numerous benefits," says Greg Patterson, General Manager. "It protects workers and boosts morale as well as reduces costs on lower worker compensation insurance premiums, improves worker retention, and reduces the time employees are away from work."
To qualify for SHARP, companies must undergo a comprehensive audit, correct all hazards identified during an onsite health and safety consultation, demonstrate that effective safety and health pro- grams are in place and maintain injury rates below the industry average for the last year of completed data. In addition to recognizing the company for having a highly effective safety and health program, acceptance into SHARP also grants exemption from routine OSHA inspection that can be renewed every year.