DAVIS — Stillwater Milling Company received a two-year federal OSHA inspection exemption Wednesday, from Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Brenda Reneau. The maximum exemption is two years. This is the company’s third time to be certified. This is “a remarkable achievement for this outstanding group of workers and managers, and for the company’s owners,” Reneau said.

“High workers’ comp costs have been a deterrent to business and industry in Oklahoma,” She said. “Companies like Stillwater Milling Company that take the initiative to reduce their on-the-job injury costs through workplace safety programs utilitize the best economic development tool available for our state today.

“Through SHARP certification, companies are literally saving tens of thousands of dollars each year in workers’ comp costs.” “That’s good for business and good for workers.” Stillwater Milling Co. received its third federal OSHA inspection exemption from the Oklahoma Department of Labor on Wednesday, at 200 South A St. in Davis, Oklahoma.

“The Oklahoma Department of Labor is pleased to recognize Stillwater Milling Company’s achievement,” Reneau said.

There are approximately 88,000 businesses in Oklahoma. With 25 employees, Stillwater Milling Company is one of the few companies which has earned the distinction. In fiscal year 2005, 47 firms gained the coveted status. The company president is Alice Fowler. Stillwater Milling Co. provides livestock feed products, receives grain during harvest season and handles supplies for all areas of agriculture such as products for farming and ranching operations,fencing, livestock-handling equipment, animal health suppllies, work clothing, garden supplies, tack and other products.

State Rep. Wes Hilliard of Sulphur and State Senator Johnnie Crutchfield of Ardmore, particpated, along with Mayor Michael Summers, Davis Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Thompson and Davis Chamber Executive Director Janet Mathis.

The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) was designed to encourage and recognize excellence in occupational safety and health. Recent changes to SHARP certification now offer an exemption from OSHA’s general-scheduled inspections for a period up to two years.

Federal SHARP certification utilizes the state OSHA Consultation Safety Pays program which is free, confidential, non-punitive and voluntary. Oklahoma Labor Department consultants and industrial hygienists differ greatly from their federal counterparts in one distinct area. They don’t write fines or issue citations. Oklahoma OSHA consultants will identify hazards, assist employers in correcting those hazards and work with both management and employees to improve or establish safety programs. By reducing workplace injuries, companies can substantially reduce their workers’ compensation insurance costs.

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