Rockford Safety Professional/Company Recognized by State
Des Plaines, IL (January 27, 2010) — The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) recently recognized Chem Processing, an industrial plating and coating operation located in Rockford, IL, for achieving Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition (SHARP) status. The DCEO also recognized the Chem Processing employees and its Environmental Safety Director David Anspaugh, an American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) member, for their work in achieving this safety milestone.
SHARP is one of the highest awards given to companies nationwide in the safety and health arena. There are currently only 28 SHARP companies in the state of Illinois. SHARP recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system. Acceptance into the program, officials say, is an achievement of status that singles out businesses among business peers as a model for worksite safety and health.
“Our company has the same general programs that every other company has. The difference for us is our focus. We have a program that focus’ on minor injuries and trends,” Anspaugh said. “The information the program provides is where, when, and what the possible next injury may be. This allows me to zero in on where our problems are and develop programs to prevent an injury. I also believe in a Behavioral Based Safety approach. You need to train workers because sometimes you can guard a machine to the extreme, yet someone will injure themselves, or you can also have a machine with almost no guarding and never have an injury. Why? Because of human behavior.”
DCEO’s onsite safety and health consultation program and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials presented Chem Processing with the award on January 12 at the company’s facility, located at 3910 Linden Oaks in Rockford.
Chem Processing employs 75 people in the Rockford area. The SHARP certification allows employers to showcase their excellence and to be recognized for their achievement. The SHARP award also allows companies to be exempt from routine OSHA inspections for a period of two years because of their exemplary injury and illness rates.
As Illinois workplaces continue to enhance safety and health efforts, the state recently established an Illinois Public Employee Only State Plan. ASSE supported OSHA and Illinois for adopting the plan in its effort to protect public workers in ways that meet federal safety and health standards. ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, said in a statement last year, “As an organization committed to protecting people, property and the environment, we are pleased to see the state of Illinois step up to the plate and work to make sure that all workers are provided with workplace safety protections.”
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.