Two More Menasha Packaging Plants Earn Top Safety Honors

11/3/2005

NEENAH, Wis...

Two more Menasha Packaging Company plants have been honored for achieving top safety and health standards. Menasha plants in Green Lake and Oshkosh, Wis., joined the company's Harford, Wis., plant that was honored for achieving these top standards earlier this year.

The awards are part of the Wisconsin OSHA Health Consultation Program at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. The awards honor plants that achieve the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) status from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"Three separate Menasha Packaging plants in Wisconsin, Hartford and now Green Lake and Oshkosh, have earned SHARP status and are members of an elite group of just nine all-time honorees in our state," said Ronald Laessig, Wisconsin's state laboratory of hygiene director. "Menasha Packaging and its staff are helping set the bar for work environments that make safety and health a top priority for all employees."

The Menasha Packaging plants met program requirements by identifying and correcting hazards to safety and health. A rigorous inspection regimen was conducted by representatives from the Wisconsin Safety and Health Consultation Programs over a ten-year period. Over this period, the plants implemented and maintained an active safety and health management system that included the broad categories of management commitment, employee involvement, hazard identification and control, and training and evaluation.

The voluntary OSHA Consultation Program is jointly administered by the Wisconsin Safety Consultation (WiSCon) Program at the Department of Commerce and the Wisconsin Health Consultation Program at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. Part of the OSHA Consultation Program, SHARP honors small and medium employers that operate top safety and health management systems, while also maintaining an injury and illness rate below the national average for their industry.