Columbian Logistics Network Receives SHARP Award for Workplace Safety and Health Excellence

Contact: Melanie Brown 517-373-9280
Agency: Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration

August 5, 2013 - Columbian Logistics Network of Grand Rapids 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 Columbian Logistics Network into this elite group of companies who provide outstanding safety and health protection for their workers," said Stephanie Comai, LARA Deputy Director. "We applaud their success in the warehousing industry – while they diligently protect their employees."

MIOSHA Director, Martha Yoder presented the SHARP Award to John Zevalkink, CEO and the entire Grand Rapids 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.

Columbian Logistics Network, NAICS Code 493110, is a warehouse/distribution facility plant with 78 employees. The MIOSHA onsite team conducting the review for Columbian Logistics consisted of Dave Henderson, Safety Consultant and Harvey Johnson, Industrial Hygienist.

In 2012, Columbian Logistics Network had a Total Incident Rate (TCIR) and Days Away from Work and Restricted/Transfer cases (DART) rate that was below the 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average. Their 2012 TCIR was 2.6 compared to the BLS rate of 5.5 for this type of industry.

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

Columbian Logistics Network Receives SHARP Award

Columbian Logistics Network maintains and operates over one million square feet of ambient and temperature-controlled warehousing space. With warehouse locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Detroit, Columbian offers several specialized public and contract warehousing and fulfillment services in Michigan: pick and pack, customized inventory control, order fulfillment, rail car service, cross docking, consolidation, food-grade warehousing, electronic data interchange, and radio frequency.

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