TOSHA Administrator Steve Hawkins, left, and TOSHA Consultative Services Program Manager Garrett Rea, right, present the TOSHA SHARP flag to the Safety Committee at Phillips 66 Spectrum Corporation.

Safety not only means everyone going home safe at the end of a shift, but it also means good business.

That is exactly the case with Selmer, Tennessee-based Phillips 66 Spectrum Corp.

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Along those lines, the petroleum lubricating oil and grease manufacturer on May 15, gained its third recertification as a Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) site.

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TOSHA Assistant Commissioner Steve Hawkins presented Phillips 66 Spectrum its SHARP certification. 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 14 facilities across the 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 said. “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 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 ended up purchased and became a division of Phillips 66.

To receive the award, Phillips 66 Spectrum 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.

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