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June 2010

Labor Department Honors Versa Tech, Inc. for Exceptional Workplace Safety Practices

Manufacturer Receives the Prestigious SHARP Award

Versa Tech SHARP Presentation

(Division of Labor Standards Director, Carla Buschjost (third from left), honors Versa Tech employees by presenting them with the SHARP flag for exceptional workplace safety.)


The Labor Department’s On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program is pleased to announce that Versa Tech, Inc., Fredericktown, Mo., has earned the distinction of being named the newest member of Missouri’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for its excellent workplace safety record.

“We welcome Versa Tech, Inc. to Missouri’s elite workplace safety program,” said Peter Lyskowski, Missouri Labor Department Deputy Director. “The businesses that belong to this group essentially are the best of the best when it comes to providing a safe and hazard-free workplace.”

Versa Tech, Inc. was honored for its achievement during a ceremony at the place of business, located at 701 Sargent Drive in Fredericktown. Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Division of Labor Standards Director Carla Buschjost, and Program Manager for the On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program, Daniel Stark, presented the business with a Certificate of Recognition, a SHARP flag which can be displayed outside the facility, and a proclamation issued by Gov. Jay Nixon, which further signifies the company’s achievement.

SHARP was implemented in Missouri in 1992 and has since offered the highest level consultative services to businesses with 250 or fewer employees. The Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program is the prerequisite for those who wish to be a part of SHARP. It is designed to promote effective workplace safety and health program management by helping the employer locate and remove hazards within the facility, thereby reducing injuries and illnesses. SHARP is a reward program designed to provide incentives and support to smaller, high-hazard employers to work with their employees to develop, implement, and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health programs.

“This program saves lives and money. With help from the safety program, participating Missouri businesses avoided nearly $500,000 in OSHA fines,” says Lyskowski. “But there is still much work that needs to be done. Since April, 12 Missouri workers have already lost their lives on the job and more than 15,000 injuries have been reported.”

To be eligible for SHARP, a company may employ no more than 500 total workers at all nationwide worksites. In addition, the worksite’s lost workday injury and illness rate must be below the national average for its industry. SHARP participants also must have continual correction of all serious and other hazards; a safety and health management program fully in place consisting of management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training.

For more information about SHARP or to request a free safety and health consultation, please visit the Internet site or call 573-751-3403.