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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2012
Nutra Blend Company is among Best in Workplace Safety
Department of Labor Bestows Company with Prestigious SHARP Award
Neosho, MO– The Labor Department’s On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program is pleased to announce that Nutra Blend of Neosho, Mo., has earned the distinction of being named the newest member of the Missouri’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for its excellent workplace safety record, for a new total of 36 SHARP businesses in the state.
“We welcome Nutra Blend, LLC to Missouri’s elite workplace safety program,” said Larry Rebman, Director of the Labor Department. “The businesses that belong to this group are essentially the best of the best when it comes to providing a safe and hazard-free workplace. These businesses really care about their employees and should be rewarded for the commitment they put forth in protecting them,” Rebman added.
Nutra Blend employs 233 people in the city of Neosho and manufactures vitamin, trace mineral, and antibiotic premixes for the feed industry. Nutra Blend sells its premix to the majority of major pet food companies as well as to feed manufacturers and integrators throughout the country to produce food for hogs, cows, chickens, and even household pets. The Neosho company has expanded and includes not only premixing, but the distribution of micro-ingredients, and other ingredients needed to manufacture feed in today's highly technical industry.
The on-site consultations are discretionary and are initiated by employers who want to provide a safe work environment for their workers. Businesses that achieve an excellent workplace safety record and eliminate the occurrences of injuries on the job can qualify for this exclusive safety and health incentive and recognition program. SHARP members also have lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums and are exempt from OSHA inspections for a period of time.
“We pursued SHARP to protect our greatest asset-- our employees,” says Mike Osborne, Nutra Blend President. “This program has caused employees to pay far greater attention to the work environment, resulting in fewer injuries and an increase in efficiency.”
Nutra Blend was honored for its achievement during a ceremony August 21, 2012, at its place of business, located at 3200 E. Second Street, in Neosho, Mo. Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Missouri Department of Labor attended the event to present the business a Certificate of Recognition, a SHARP flag, and a proclamation issued by Governor Jay Nixon, which will further signify Nutra Blend’s achievement.
SHARP was implemented in Missouri in 1991 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 existing hazards in 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.
To be eligible for SHARP, a company may employ no more than 500 total employees at all nationwide worksites. In addition, the worksite’s lost workday injury and illness rate must be below the national average for its industry.
In fiscal year 2011, the safety program corrected conditions in participating businesses that could have resulted in more than $4.6 million in OSHA fines. In addition 5,711 workplace serious hazards were remedied. 2,515 of the serious hazards were corrected while the consultant was on site. For more information about the SHARP or to request a free safety and health consultation, please visit www.labor.mo.gov/SAFE or call the Division of Labor Standards at (573) 522-SAFE.
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