Solar Atmospheres of Western PA Receives SHARP Accreditation

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Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has received SHARP Accreditation- the highest safety designation bestowed on small businesses from OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration).

Employee safety is the ultimate goal here. It is knowing that the employees will return home to their families at the end of the day as healthy and as whole as when they arrive at the beginning of their work day.

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has received SHARP Accreditation - the highest safety designation bestowed on small businesses from OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration). Through Solar's commitment to The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has singled itself out among its business peers as a model for worksite safety and health.

To become eligible for this recognition, an OSHA consultant performed a comprehensive consultation at Solar which included a hazard survey. The consultant reviewed his findings and suggested corrections with management so Solar could implement and maintain a health and safety system addressing OSHA’s Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. In addition, the Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rates for Solar had to be below the national average for the heat treating industry.

The SHARP accreditation benefits are:

  •     Improved employee protection
  •     Healthy and safe working environment
  •     Increased worker morale
  •     Enhanced reputation for safety
  •     Reduced costs through worker retention

Only 43 companies in Pennsylvania have attained this recognition. Solar Atmospheres of Western PA is the only commercial heat treating company on that list. Bob Hill states, “Employee safety is the ultimate goal here. It is knowing that the employees will return home to their families at the end of the day as healthy and as whole as when they arrive at the beginning of their work day.” To recognize their achievement Solar Atmospheres of Western PA will have their official certification and a SHARP flag on display.

About Solar Atmospheres of Western PA
Vacuum Heat Treating and Brazing services provided by Solar Atmospheres produce bright, scale-free parts with minimal distortion. The Hermitage, Pennsylvania plant, 60 miles North of Pittsburgh, specializes in thermal processing of large, mainly titanium manufacturing parts. This facility houses the world's largest commercial vacuum furnace ( 5' wide x 5' high x 36' long work zone - 150,000 lb. workload capacity) which uniquely benefits the aerospace industry. With a variety of furnaces processing smaller parts, Solar Atmospheres serves 18 different industries. State-of-the-art services also include carburizing, nitriding and R&D. Additional plants are located in Fontana, California and Souderton, Pennsylvania. http://www.solaratm.com

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