SALEM- Haltec Corporation will be recognized by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation today for attaining hard-to-get Safety and Health Achievement Program (SHARP) status from the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
Haltec operates over 45,000 square feet of office/manufacturing space on North Price Road.
The company is a leading manufacturer serving OEM and replacement markets for tire valves, tire management and inflation solutions while employing more than 85 people.
It is now one of only 26 SHARP-certified employers in the state, according to the BWC.
Haltec Corporation was also honored by DLA Land and Maritime in Columbus as one of the government's best suppliers at an award ceremony in Columbus last June.
Bureau of Workers' Compensation Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer said, "BWC safety and industrial hygiene consultants worked with Haltec's management and staff for the last 18 months to implement changes in safety policies and programs making sure their work processes were compliant to SHARP standards.
"Prevention is all about planning ahead to avoid accidents and injury; providing a workplace where employees can be more productive, achieving SHARP status is no easy task, and I applaud the dedication to safety Haltec exemplifies."
Haltec Corporation President, Tom Moyer said, "Attaining SHARP status is evidence of our commitment to safety. Haltec employees recognize the importance of being attentive to hazards that carry a low risk, but are encountered on a daily basis.
"Awareness and being safe is firmly a part of our culture."
Buehrer and Greg Collins, manager of BWC's OSHA On-Site Consultation program, will present the management and staff at Haltec with the award.
OSHA designated BWC as the On-Site Consultation program coordinator of the SHARP program, which recognizes small employers that operate exemplary safety and health management systems.
The program provides incentives and support to small employers in high-hazard industries to develop, implement and continuously improve effective safety and health programs at their workplaces.
As a reward for their efforts, OSHA grants SHARP employers a two-year exemption from inspections, with the opportunity to renew for three more years of exemptions.
BWC consultants are available to help small businesses create and implement safety programs and identify hazards that need corrected to help them achieve SHARP status in a process that can take up to 24 months.
The On-Site Consultation program is one of many safety-related programs available at BWC and employers wishing to address and improve safety and wellness in their workplaces are encouraged to learn more by calling 1-800-OHIO-BWC or visiting OhioBWC.com.
For more information on Haltec Corp. visit haltec.com or visit the company on Facebook.