MI Windows and Doors Inc. (MIWD) and its Gratz, Pa., manufacturing facility received a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award from OSHA in recognition of its safety and health management systems. This is now the second manufacturing facility that has received this award. The Hegins, Pa., facility also received a recertification of its SHARP award.

According to the announcement, the SHARP award is presented to employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system facility. Out of 7 million U.S. work sites, fewer than 2,000 have earned OSHA SHARP Certification.

The MIWD Gratz manufacturing facility’s final day of full inspection was February 1, 2012. Some of the safety improvements that the Gratz team made to quality for SHARP included improvements to machine guarding to prevent all types of injuries; designing processes and jobs to be ergonomically friendly; cross training and job rotation; creation of safety teams for more awareness and team support; and training new and existing employees on all types of hazards. The release adds that one additional objective was to keep team members aware of their surroundings and continually improve all aspects of the program for the best environment for the team.


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