Bacon Maker gets SHARP

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 02:10 PM gHale

Fairbury, Nebraska-based Dry Bacon Manufacturing plant at the Westin Packaged Meats facility provides dry bacon products to a variety of customers nationwide.

But the manufacturer wanted a safer environment all the way around.

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That is when they contacted Nebraska Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Consultation Program for assistance this past January with hazard identification and improvement of its Safety Management Program.

OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program is separate from enforcement and does not result in penalties or citations.

The program offers free, confidential safety and health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country and several territories, with priority given to high-hazard worksites.

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.

During a preliminary visit of the facility, the Nebraska consultants identified a damaged 110 volt outlet receptacle/knock out plug. As a result of the visit, they locked out the outlet receptacle and placed signage around the area; the identified hazard was immediately abated.

The company’s participation in OSHA’s Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP) has increased employees’ involvement at the facility by empowering employees to seek and report potential hazards.

Each of the 120 employees are also able to make suggestions to plant managers for safety improvements at all levels of the organization.

SHARP recognizes small business employers who have used OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program services and operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program.

Since increasing employees’ involvement and management’s commitment, the company has strengthened its safety and health culture.

As a result, Westin Packaged Meats has experienced zero injuries, cultivated a safer workplace, and brought employees together as a team to achieve its safety goal.