Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
Governor Doyle Commends Inland Label and Marketing Services LLC for Earning Workplace Safety and Health Award
Gov. Jim Doyle recently congratulated Inland Label and Marketing Services LLC, La Crosse, on their receipt of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). SHARP honors small and medium employers that operate exemplary safety and health management systems and maintain an injury and illness rate below the national averages for their industry.
"I commend Inland Label and Marketing Services for joining the outstanding Wisconsin employers that operate exemplary safety and health management systems," Gov. Doyle said. "This company has demonstrated a strong, ongoing commitment to the safety and health of its employees."
"It gives me great pleasure to help honor Inland Label and Marketing Services with the SHARP award," said State Laboratory of Hygiene Director Ronald H. Laessig, Ph.D. "This Wisconsin company has met and exceeded OSHA standards to create a safe and healthy environment for all of its employees. As one of just five SHARP award honorees in our state, Inland has joined an elite list of companies that make safety and health a top priority."
Inland Label and Marketing Services is a privately-held, family-owned rotogravure and offset printing business that makes labels primarily for the beverage industry. Inland also produces and distributes marketing materials and displays for clients such as Molson, Budweiser, Miller, Aztec Teas and a variety of bottled waters. The company met program requirements by requesting a full-service visit from both the Wisconsin Safety and Health Consultation Programs and correcting all identified hazards to safety and health. It also implemented and maintains an active safety and health management system that includes the broad categories of management commitment, employee involvement, hazard identification and control, and training and evaluation.
The Wisconsin Safety Consultation Program (WiSCon) at the Department of Commerce assesses current safety programs and recommends improvements; evaluates physical work practices; identifies available assistance; and provides training and education for managers and employees, all at no cost to the business. WiSCon consultants do not issue citations, propose penalties, or report possible safety violations to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Contact the WiSCon office at 1-800-947-0553, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wisconsin Health Consultation Program provides free assistance to employers to establish and maintain a safe and healthful workplace. Consultants conduct on-site monitoring for chemical, biological, radiological, and physical hazards; perform ergonomic evaluation; assess the employer's safety and health programs; and present occupational health-related training. This program, formerly in the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, is a unit of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and may be contacted by calling 608-226-5240 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
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