The Ajax Safety Leadership Team is on task this week to renew Ajax’s MNSHARP Worksite status for 2020. Ajax is one of only 37 MNSHARP Worksites.
The Ajax Safety Leadership Team works directly with MNSHARP auditors to develop and implement the company’s written safety program. Key elements of this program include management leadership and employee involvement, allocation of resources to address safety issues, systems that identify and control workplace hazards, and a plan for employee safety training and education.
The Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP) recognizes companies whose managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs. MNSHARP seeks to go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards towards immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses.
U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), encourages employers to operate exemplary safety and health management systems by offering participation in recognition and exemption programs. MNSHARP is Minnesota’s version of that program.
Ajax Metal Forming Solutions, a Heartland Equity Partners company, has once again been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune newspaper.
“Ajax Metal Forming has received the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces award for four consecutive years,” said Ajax Vice President Don Wellman. “Our workplace colleagues, managers and owners are committed to providing a safe, productive and rewarding work environment. We are honored to receive this recognition.”
Left to right – Ajax Metal Forming Collegues Tiffany Schluter, Don Wellman, Kent Djubek, Brandon Holmes, and Curt Jasper along with Tom Ahonen of Heartland Equity Partners.
Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”
The quality and infrastructure development team at EJ Ajax is making progress on the company’s 2014 ISO certification process by making significant documentation updates & related system upgrades. Much of the work involves updates to various chapters in the company’s procedures manual. More importantly, the company is developing a new internal auditing system that conforms to ISO specifications.
All hands are on deck to make these very positive changes!
EJ Ajax has taken another step forward on the company’s 2014 expansion plan by adding a new bay to be used for human resources offices, our new online training area, plus a few well-earned amenities for our colleagues.
“85% of employees have safety ideas or concerns they don’t voice. Their companies simply don’t have a climate of safety.”
One of the top ten safest companies in America, EJ Ajax, has gone 24 years with only one minor lost-time incident. The U.S. Air Force even asked the company’s president, Erick Ajax, to be the keynote speaker at their annual safety conference this year.
In his recent post about workplace safety, Dale Carnegie Training North Central President Matt Norman interviews Mr. Ajax and learns that understanding the “near miss” is key to making a workplace safer.
The Minnesota Depatment of Labor and Industry has once again approved EJ Ajax for participation in the Minnesota Safety and Health Achivement Recognition Program (MNSHARP). This certification extends through March of 2017. (more…)