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The Scoular Company knows thinking safety first is much more than just a saying – they actually back it up.

That is why the company’s facility in Helena, Arkansas, received the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Safety and Health Achievement Program (SHARP) award June 28 for its commitment to workplace safety.

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The Helena, AR, facility, a grain elevator operation, is the latest in a long line of organizations with the Scoular Company that earned the SHARP designation.

In 2009, Scoular staff contacted the Arkansas Department of Labor (ADOL), Safety Division, OSHA Consultation Division and inquired about SHARP. SHARP recognizes small business employers who have used OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program services and operate a quality injury and illness prevention program.

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The company initially achieved SHARP status in 2012, and its certification renewed in 2014. Scoular’s SHARP renewal now extended through June 2018.

In June, 2014, The Scoular Company’s facilities in Channahon and Andres, IL, received the SHARP award. In addition, Scoular’s Idalia and Sterling, CO, facilities also received SHARP plaques in June 2014.

In an effort to follow suit, Scoular wanted to strengthen its existing safety culture at its Helena facility. Staff recognized an effective method for accomplishing this would be to engage health and safety consultants to provide hazard assessment and abatement training for employees.

After working with the Arkansas Department of Labor (ADoL), Safety Division, OSHA Consultation Division, Scoular’s workplace safety and health hazards ended up abated; its recordkeeping improved, and employee involvement in the safety process was 100 percent.

Since becoming a member of the SHARP Program, Scoular’s safety bar continues to rise.

For over 5 years, no injuries or illnesses have occurred at this facility. Daily tool box meetings are held with hourly employees volunteering to be presenters. As a member of the Arkansas SHARP & Voluntary Protection Program Association, the company is now part of an outreach group for SHARP and serves as a model for worksite safety and health.

Scoular is a 120-year-old company with more than $6 billion in sales. It operates 90 independent business units that focus on grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients around the globe.

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