TN OSHA Program Helps Manufacturer Significantly Reduce Injuries

Phillips 66 Spectrum Corporation in Selmer, TN teamed up with TOSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program to help reduce injuries at their manufacturing facility.

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In 2017, Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) Assistant Commissioner Steve Hawkins presented Phillips 66 Spectrum Corporation in Selmer, TN, with the facility's third recertification as a TOSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) site. SHARP recognizes the partnership between employees, management, and TOSHA's On-Site Consultation Program at facilities that operate an exemplary safety and health program. SHARP sites have injury rates below the national average for their industry. Currently TOSHA recognizes just 14 facilities across the entire state of Tennessee with this prestigious honor. "Only a few Tennessee employers reach this level of safety in the workplace," Hawkins said. "Becoming a SHARP site is a true testament to the commitment of both the company and its employees who strive each day to maintain such a safe work environment."

In 2016, the Selmer facility experienced only one recordable injury among its 203 employees. In the past three years, the site has worked nearly 1.1 million hours with a lost/restricted time case rate 87 percent below the national average and a total recordable incident rate that is 69 percent below the national average. "Having a safety record like this is not only good for workers, it's just good business for employer," Hawkins added. "We hope more Tennessee companies will take part in the SHARP program." Because of this outstanding safety record, Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips approved the recertification of the site. The Selmer facility has been a recognized SHARP site since October 2009.

Phillips 66 Spectrum Corporation blends and packages lubricating oils for the automotive, power equipment and motorsports industries at its Selmer location. The site opened in 1989 and in July of 2014 Spectrum Corporation was purchased and became a division of Phillips 66.

To receive the award, Phillips 66 Spectrum Corporation partnered with TOSHA's consultative services program, which works with smaller employers to improve safety and health in the workplace. TOSHA does not issue fines, penalties, or citations through its consultative services program, but it does require an employer correct any identified serious hazards.

Funded with Federal and state monies, on-site consultation visits are totally voluntary, so employers must request these services. OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country and in several territories, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-Site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities, such as TOSHA, work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.

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