Jefferson City, MO - Missouri has celebrated Labor Day for over 100 years by recognizing the contributions made by working men and women to our state and local communities. In honor of this year’s Labor Day, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR) is focusing on ensuring safe workplaces for every Missourian.
Acting Director Anna Hui kicks off the month long safety awareness initiative by visiting Buckhorn in Springfield, MO on Thursday, August 31. Buckhorn provides reusable plastic packaging systems such as bulk and hand-held containers, pallets and transport products.
In 2013, Buckhorn was honored with the prestigious Safety and Health Achievement Recognition (SHARP) award for its accomplishments in workplace safety and health. SHARP is an exemplary program available for small employers who participate in the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Program and meet a high set of safety standards. Recipients of the award may avoid OSHA inspections for one to three years, experience lower insurance rates and out-of-pocket expenses, and decrease workplace injuries. There are currently 37 SHARP recipients across Missouri.
“We want to work in partnership with businesses and employees to promote effective workplace safety and health programs,” said Acting Director Hui. “Employees and employers who are uninformed about safety hazards may cause increased workplace accidents and illnesses. Working better together, we can foster an environment for businesses to come to Missouri and prosper while creating a safe working environment where employees can thrive.”
The DOLIR will share various safety messages, tips and videos throughout September to increase the awareness and importance of safe and healthy workplaces. To learn more about workplace safety or to schedule a no-cost, confidential safety consultation, visit us at www.labor.mo.gov/dls or connect with us on Twitter @MOLabor and Facebook.com/Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.