Ambassador Steel Fabrication Receives SHARP Award for Workplace Safety and Health Excellence

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February 1, 2013- Ambassador Steel Fabrication, LLC of Comstock Park received the prestigious Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award today for an exemplary safety and health management system.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) established the Michigan SHARP Award to recognize employers that have achieved workplace safety and health excellence far beyond their peers. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).


"We are very pleased to welcome Ambassador Steel into this elite group of companies who provide outstanding safety and health protection for their workers," said Rob Nederhood, LARA Deputy Director. "We applaud your success in the highly competitive steel industry - while you diligently protect your employees."


MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder presented the SHARP Award to Todd Brigham, Shop Superintendent; Larry Riddle, Michigan Area Manager; and the entire Comstock Park Team. Invited guests, management personnel and employees attended the ceremony.


"We are proud to be receiving this award from MIOSHA. It recognizes the sincere dedication our management team, safety administrator and employees have toward our safety program," said Mr. Riddle "Safety is and will continue to be a top strategic objective for our company."


The Michigan SHARP Program targets small, high-hazard employers - to help them develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system. SHARP provides an incentive for employers to emphasize accident and illness prevention by anticipating problems, rather than simply reacting to them.


The MIOSHA Onsite Consultation Program within the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division operates the Michigan SHARP Program. Onsite consultants work with employers to help them become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health. SHARP worksites earn an exemption from "programmed" MIOSHA inspections on a yearly basis.


The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code for Ambassador Steel is 332312 - Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturing, which is classified as a high-hazard industry. The MIOSHA review team consisted of Dave Henderson, CET Safety Consultant; and Harvey Johnson, Senior Industrial Hygienist.

In 2011 Ambassador Steel Fabrication had Total Recordable Case (TRC) rates and Days Away from Work and Restricted/Transfer Cases (DART) rates below the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average. Their TRC was 0.0 compared to the BLS rate of 7.0 for this type of industry. Their DART was 0.0 compared to the BLS rate of 3.4.


"The Michigan SHARP Program requires a comprehensive consultation visit, and the correction of all serious workplace safety and health hazards," said Yoder. "Ambassador Steel Fabrication has developed a safety and health system that provides outstanding protection for their workers."


The company has an excellent system in place, which incorporates each of the seven required SHARP elements: Hazard Anticipation and Detection; Hazard Prevention and Control; Planning and Evaluation; Administration and Supervision; Safety and Health Training; Management Leadership; and Employee Participation.


The management team at Ambassador Steel Fabrication makes every effort to provide a safe and healthy work environment, especially allocating resources to support their safety and health system. Some of the company's best safety and health practices include:

  • They have a full-time Safety Administrator and an active Safety Committee. Members perform safety inspections and job safety analysis.
  • Safety inspections are targeted to find the weakest points in their safety and health system.
  • Near misses are required to be reported and corrective action is taken as necessary.
  • Workplace safety data is compiled and shared with employees on a monthly basis.
  • They have a well-trained Emergency Response Team, and have an emergency action plan, an evacuation plan, a bad weather plan and a workplace violence plan.
  • Employees receive safety training in general, as well as on their specific job duties. Safety Committee members act as mentors to new employees.


Ambassador Steel is the Midwest's leading fabricator and distributor of concrete reinforcing steel and related products. Ambassador operates 2 rebar fabrication shops, one in Lansing, and other in Comstock Park.


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