Thomasville is celebrating a decade of safety achievement and already working towards year eleven.
The plant was recently recognized for 10 years in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) by the North Carolina Department of Labor. Only 31 other companies in the state have reached the 10-year mark.
“The Laminate business established a Daily Management System utilizing the Mohawk Way, known as SQDC which stands for safety, quality, delivery and cost,” Laminate Plant Manager Yassmin Desoky said. “The SQDC platform creates the foundation of a safety first culture, where each employee makes a difference by generating ideas on improving the business every day. It’s all about 100 percent employee engagement and empowerment. We believe that every effort we put into safety immediately shows up in other parts of the business such as quality, delivery and cost. Safety is built into the culture. It’s not extra work, because it’s just what we do.”
The SHARP designation is an initiative coordinated between NCDOL and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The cornerstone of SHARP certification is a voluntary on-site consultation program that helps companies address hazards and improve work place safety.
To participate in SHARP, facilities must:
- Request a consultation visit that involves a complete hazard identification survey
- Involve employees in the consultation process
- Correct hazards identified by the consultant
- Implement and maintain programs that address OSHA's safety and health guidelines
- Maintain Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rates below the national average for their industry
Additionally, injury and illness rates for the site must be below the national average of the industry for the team to receive the SHARP designation.
“Companies involved in our SHARP program go above and beyond what is required to keep their employees safe and ensure that they make it home to their loved ones,” North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. “Those who have been in our program for 10 consecutive years are even more impressive, and I applaud this achievement.”
The team has no plans of stopping their notable consecutive record. They are already working toward an eleventh consecutive year of certification with an upcoming OSHA visit for 2019-2021 recertification.
“Being part of the N.C. SHARP program for the last 10 years has allowed the team to cultivate a partnership with local OSHA inspectors in our region,” EHS Manager Jennifer Teague said. “This partnership has given the team better insight into what OSHA requires, and if we have issues, they are just a quick call or visit to help us address concerns, conduct sampling and other needs. We’re all proud of our team’s commitment and continuing this facility’s legacy of safety.”
The Garner facilities have also received their SHARP certification.
“We are very honored and proud to have all of our three laminate facilities in North Carolina be OSHA SHARP certified, “VP of Hardwood and Laminate Operations Bart Stofferis said. “Our employees and our leadership in Thomasville and Garner deserve credit for not only earning this award, but also for their strong sense of commitment to maintaining our Company’s high standards for workplace safety and performance.”