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Paris manufacturing company recognized by OSHA for workplace safety/HR director reports zero work-related injuries so far for 2013
PRESTIGIOUS — Employees of Maine Machine Products in South Paris, state representatives, and representatives of the Maine Department of Labor and SafetyWorks! hold up a banner that the company received as part of the SHARP designation for workplace safety, OSHA's most prestigious award.
SAFETY FIRST — Employees of Maine Machine Products in South Paris, also on the company's safety committee, receive a plaque from Deputy Commissioner of Labor, Richard Freund, for being one of three worksites in Maine to receive the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognition for workplace safety.
PARIS — A state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Paris was recognized for its workplace safety record last week, one of three other Maine employers recognized, according to a recent announcement from the Maine Department of Labor.
Maine Machine Products Company has earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award (SHARP) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
According to MMP's human resource director, Erika Douglass, SHARP recognizes business that are models for workplace safety and health standards.
On Monday, Douglass said MMP has been working with Safetyworks!, a Labor Department outreach program designed to reduce job-related injuries, illnesses and death, for the last several years in order to meet SHARP requirements.
One goal is to prevent job-related injuries, Douglass said. In 2009, MMP recorded seven injuries and this year, no injuries were recorded, she said. "To now be at zero [injuries] is phenomenal," Douglass said.
To qualify for SHARP, a company must participate in a comprehensive audit by SafetyWorks!, correct health and safety hazards identified during an on-site inspection within a reasonable time and demonstrate it operates under effective health and safety programs in order to keep its injury rates below last year's recorded national industry average.
After a company receives the SHARP designation, OSHA removes the work site from its general scheduled inspection list for two years and may renew the designation for an additional two years if the company continues to meet the program requirements.
MMP is the newest SHARP worksite in Maine, Douglass said.
"It's definitely hard work and there's a lot of training for our employees," she said.
According to Douglass, MMP is only going to continue to improve its safety training and a policies and procedures.
"I think that's what helped drive this initiative," she continued, "because it's safety-related and people want to make sure they are safe, as well as their co-workers."
Fewer than 2,000 work sites in the United States have earned SHARP certification, according to the DOL. The other two businesses to receive SHARP recognition last week are Cianbro Equipment in Pittsfield and Lovell Lumber in Lovell.
According to Douglass, 68 companies in Maine have received the SHARP designation.
“Employers earn SHARP recognition by operating their facility under strict safety and health management standards,” said Governor Paul LePage, in a July 1 news release. “We congratulate these three businesses and our other 60 SHARP locations for making safety a priority.”
MMP, located on Prospect Avenue, has expanded into a 65,000-square foot facility, containing the latest in CNC (computer numerical control) and multi-axis machines and precision inspection equipment, according to its website.
With over five decades of experience on precision custom manufacturing, MMP, according to its company overview, prides itself with an efficient and clean working environment.
In addition, the company labels itself a "world-class" manufacturer of custom components and assemblies for targeted high-tech markets such as semi-conductor, medical, defense and aerospace, telecom, fiber optics and oil and gas.
MMP's skilled associates, many who have have 15 years of experience in the trade, make up more than 2 million hours of combined work experience, according to its website.
MMP calls itself responsive, competitive, competent, innovative and industrious.
Douglass said she has been working for MMP since 2010. "It's very family-like here," she explained. "It's definitely one of the best companies I've worked for in my career."
"Everybody cares about each other. Safety is not just a buzzword. It is a part of what we do here," Douglass said.