September 17, 2007

LP company goes above and beyond the call of duty

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

Worldwide Dispensers, located off of McLeod County Road 1 and Second Avenue South in Lester Prairie, was recognized Sept. 11 by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for going above and beyond the call of duty.

By becoming certified in the Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP), it receives status as a company where managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs that go beyond basic compliance with OSHA standards. The results are an immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses.

Worldwide Dispensers is a manufacturer of high quality, plastic press taps and dispensers. An example of one of its products is a press tap used in a typical container called “bag in a box,” which contains products like wine, liquid detergents, and all kinds of other beverages.

It employs approximately 250 people and, in addition to its location in Lester Prairie, has a division in London, England.

“Worldwide Dispensers began working with Minnesota’s OSHA team in early 2006 to achieve MNSHARP certification,” Worldwide Dispensers President Jerre Kachmar said. “At the time, our total case incident rate (or the rate of recordable injuries and illnesses) was 67 percent below the national rate and 59 percent below the state rate for our industry.

“Our days away, restricted or transferred rate, what we refer to as lost time rate, was 100 percent below both the national and state averages for our industry,” Kachmar said.

“In 2006, we had two in-depth assessments performed by individuals from the MNOSHA workplace safety consultation. One of these focused on workplace safety issues, while the other focused on occupational health issues,” Kachmar said. “A number of hazards were identified and corrected within the time periods specified.”

A two-day follow-up visit in March 2007 showed all hazards were addressed and corrected. Finally, July 20, Worldwide Dispensers received its MNSHARP certificate and flag.

Lunch was served to all employees and visitors following the presentation Tuesday.

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