Worcester Envelope Company in Auburn celebrated a lot of milestones in the last year, 120 years in business as a family run operation and most recently, its 10th year in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) jointly run by the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) and OSHA.
Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian presented company owners Eldon Pond III and Scott Waterhouse and employees with the Sharp Flag that recognizes small business employers who operate exemplary injury and illness prevention programs.
“The Sharp Award distinguishes Worcester Envelope from its business peers as a model for worksite safety and health,”said Labor and Workforce Secretary Rachel Kaprielian. “Investing resources into workplace safety is a smart business decision and shows the company values its hard-working employees by creating a better working environment.”
Worcester Envelope worked with DLS consultants on its employee safety program for 18 years. The family owned company achieved its first SHARP designation in 2004 and has met the criteria to remain in the program ever since.
“The SHARP program has made us a better company. It has improved safety significantly and reduced our workers compensation claims and costs. It has allowed us to be more productive with a healthy and consistent workforce. Our employees are our greatest asset and an integral part of the Worcester Envelope family. Our SHARP status and constant focus on safety helps us to create a great work environment for our employees on a daily basis,” said Pond, President of the company.
Only 10 other Massachusetts companies have achieved SHARP recognition because the standards are so high in order to qualify. Companies must agree to regular visits from DLS consultants and correct all hazards identified in the workplace. They must also implement an effective safety and health program and involve employees in every step of the program’s development.
Employers that qualify for SHARP status reduce workplace accidents, injuries and workers compensation costs while increasing employee morale and productivity. SHARP employers are also removed from OSHA’s programmed inspection schedule.
Worcester Envelope Company has been in operation since 1893. During these 120 years, the company experienced many changes in operations as marketing and direct mail advertising changed, as technology evolved and machinery improved. This family owned business thrived in turbulent economic times over the 120 years due to the families’willingness to embrace workplace initiatives like the SHARP program that help promote productivity and strengthen employee morale.
For more information on how your company can avail itself of DLS’s free workplace safety and health consultation service, please visit our Consultation Program page which also has information on what it takes to enter the SHARP Program.
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