Representatives from OSHA and the state of Maine visted the yard in late July to present us with an award for our workplace safety committment. The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system. Acceptance into SHARP by OSHA is an achievement of status that recognizes us as a model for worksite safety and health. Upon receiving SHARP recognition, we are xempt from programmed inspections during the period that our SHARP certification is valid! The press release is below.
Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Recognized for Commitment to Workplace Safety
Thomaston- The SafetyWorks! program of the Maine Department of Labor today recognized Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding for its efforts in providing a safe and healthy work environment. At a ceremony hosted at the company’s Thomaston facility, Department of Labor officials presented the company with a Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certificate.
“This award represents Lyman-Morse’s high standards and employee involvement in creating a safe workplace,” said Laura Fortman, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor.
The Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) offers incentives to private sector employers that take a proactive approach to workplace safety. The SHARP certificate is granted to employers who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health by receiving a comprehensive safety and health consultation visit, correcting all workplace safety and health hazards, adopting and implementing effective safety and health management systems, and agreeing to request further consultative visits if major changes in working conditions or processes occur that may introduce new hazards. Employers meeting these specific program requirements may be exempt from general scheduled OSHA inspections for one year.
“All of our people have worked hard for this award and we will continue to strive for further improvements,” said JB Turner, Lyman-Morse president.
SafetyWorks! consultants worked with the company to improve safety in the areas of machine guarding, lockout tagout, personal protective equipment and working surfaces. Safety improvements ranged from providing worker safety training and documenting standard operating procedures to infrastructure upgrades in stairs, railings walkways and platforms.
“We are very pleased with our accomplishment in the SHARP, and we encourage other businesses to participate in the program,” said Ron Defoe, Lyman-Morse environmental health and safety manager. “SHARP is one way that Lyman-Morse is demonstrating our businesses’ long term commitment to worker safety and continuous improvement.”
Lyman-Morse is a custom boat building yard on the coast of Maine with a distinguished history . For over a century, graceful Alden Malabar schooners and sturdy Friendship sloops slid down the ways at the company’s Thomaston yard. In the late 1970s the boat building company expanded its focus to produce a variety of exceptional custom sailing yachts and custom motor yachts for world class naval architects and discriminating owners.
SafetyWorks! is an outreach program of the Maine Department of Labor designed to reduce job-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. The program provided safety and health training to over 10,000 Maine workers last year and consultation services to hundreds of employers. SafetyWorks! services are voluntary and offered free of charge.
For more information about the SHARP program or any of the other free safety and health services offered by the Maine Department of Labor SafetyWorks! program, call (207) 623-7900 (TTY: 1-800-794-1110) or visit www.safetyworksmaine.com.