Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
February 2005
Governor Doyle Commends Schoeneck Containers Inc. for Earning Workplace Safety and Health Award

MADISON - Gov. Jim Doyle today congratulated Schoeneck Containers Inc., New Berlin, Waukesha County, for achieving 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.

Pictured here is the Safety Team of SCI holding the honorary banner and plaque of the SHARP award.
Pictured here is the Safety Team of SCI holding the honorary banner and plaque of the SHARP award.

"I commend Schoeneck Containers Inc. for joining the elite 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."

"Schoeneck Containers Inc. has demonstrated that it makes good business sense to take a strong, proactive approach to employee health and safety," said Department of Commerce Secretary Mary P. Burke.

"It gives me great pleasure to help honor Schoeneck Containers Inc., with the SHARP award today," said State Laboratory of Hygiene Director Ronald H. Laessig, Ph.D. "Schoeneck has met and exceeded OSHA standards to create a safe and healthy environment for all of its employees."

Schoeneck Containers Inc., which produces plastic containers, employs 135 service people at its New Berlin plant. 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.

Pictured here are (L to R) Jim Nolte (Safety Program), Robert Jackson (Schoeneck's Safety Team Leader) and Kim Dietz (Health Program). Nolte, Jackson and Dietz are holding the SHARP Award's honorary banner for SCI.
Pictured here are (L to R) Jim Nolte (Safety Program), Robert Jackson (Schoeneck's Safety Team Leader) and Kim Dietz (Health Program). Nolte, Jackson and Dietz are holding the SHARP Award's honorary banner for SCI.

The WiSCon Safety Consultation Program 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. 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 wiscon@commerce.wi.gov.

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, will be moving to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene in early 2005. Call 608-266-9383 or e-mail moente@dhfs.state.wi.us for more information.

-- Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce & Terry Moen, Wisconsin Health Consultation Program

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