CHEYENNE - For the eighth year in a row, Unicover Corporation has maintained its Safety Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) status. Safety Health Achievement Recognition Program's recognize businesses that work with OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program services and operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program. Acceptance into SHARP is an achievement that distinguishes a company among its business peers as a model for workplace safety and health.
Jason Wolfe, Administrator of the Office of Standards and Compliance, said, "I congratulate Unicover on their eighth year of SHARP recognition. This achievement is not easily awarded, and it truly shows Unicover's commitment to safety."
Unicover has appreciated the advantages of having fewer injuries and illnesses since working with the OSHA consultants and achieving SHARP. From 2011 through 2016, Unicover's Total Recordable Case rate was 0.0, and their Days Away from Work, Job Transfer and Restriction rate was also 0.0.
In comparison, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national average Total Recordable Case rate in 2013 for this industry was 2.4; in 2014, it was 2.8; and in 2015, it was 2.4. The Bureau of Labor Statistics national average Days Away from Work, Job Transfer & Restriction Rate in 2013 was 1.3; in 2014, it was 1.8; and in 2015, it was 1.3.
Participating in SHARP has helped Unicover to work with OSHA to identify and implement best practices to protect the workers, boost worker morale by involving workers in creating a culture that emphasizes a safe and healthful workplace, attract skillful workers looking to join a business that promotes safety and health as a core cultural component and improve worker retention and reduce costly turnover.
The cost savings in reduced Workers' Compensation insurance premiums and related claims created a competitive advantage in the state and nation in this industry - an indirect benefit of working with consultation. This is seen in Unicover's Experience Modification Rating and savings in Workers' Compensation premiums paid this year. Unicover's current Experience Modification Rating of 0.59, has greatly reduced their Workers' Compensation premiums paid this year, a savings of approximately $15,200.
Karen Godman, Wyoming OSHA Consultation Program Manager for the Department of Workforce Services, said, "It is an honor and pleasure to work cooperatively and showcase the achievements of this unique and historic company. Unicover is a great example of the SHARP program and exemplary injury and illness programs that protect employees and save money."
OSHA's On-site Consultation Program offers free, confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard work sites. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations to the company. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.
For additional information about the OSHA On-site Consultation Program, visit here or call (307) 777-7786.