Trans-Matic Receives SHARP Award for Workplace Safety and Health Excellence

Contact: Melanie Brown 517-373-9280

April 19, 2013 - Trans-Matic Manufacturing Company Inc., of Holland 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 Trans-Matic into this elite group of companies who provide outstanding safety and health protection for their workers," said Shelly Edgerton, LARA Deputy Director. "We applaud your success in the highly competitive metal stamping industry - while you diligently protect your employees."


MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder presented the SHARP Award to Joe Hartings, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, and the entire Holland Park Team. Invited guests, management personnel and employees attended the ceremony.


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 Trans-Matic is 332116 - Metal Stamping, which is classified as a high-hazard industry. The facility has 247 employees. The MIOSHA onsite review team consisted of Dave Henderson, Safety Consultant, and Harvey Johnson, Senior Industrial Hygienist.


In 2010 Trans-Matic 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 4.4 compared to the BLS rate of 7.8 for this type of industry. Their DART was 0.7 compared to the BLS rate of 3.1.


"The Michigan SHARP Program requires a comprehensive consultation visit, and the correction of all serious workplace safety and health hazards," said Yoder. "Trans-Matic 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.


Trans-Matic Manufacturing Co. Inc., is a global leader in the development and production of precision engineered deep drawn metal stampings and assemblies. Trans-Matic serves many markets with specialties in the commercial and residential lock hardware components; automotive ABS braking components, fuel rail and powertrain components: and containers for high performance ultra-capacitors, lithium ion batteries, and electronic actuators. Trans-Matic was established in 1968 and is privately held.


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