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Health/Safety Certification Mark Sends Message

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
 
The new ASSP Certification and Accreditation Institute LLC, an independent entity of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), is working with companies to certify their safety and health processes to voluntary consensus standards geared to reduce workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The institute’s certification mark, which confirms adherence to specific standards such as ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, reflects a company’s investment in safety and health management while providing a competitive advantage in the industry.

“An ASSP certification mark sends a clear message to customers, competitors and investors that a company values its workers and protects their well-being,” says Ovidiu Munteanu, ASSP’s senior manager of standards development. “Businesses face so many challenges these days that it makes sense to take that one critical step to get ahead in an environment in which trust is tough to earn and easy to lose.”

As secretariat for multiple national and global standards including ISO 450001, Z10 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO 31000 Risk Management Guidelines, ASSP plays a key role in developing consensus standards that incorporate industry best practices.

“There are companies that fail to win contracts simply because their supply chains are not held to the same safety and health standards as their mainland operations are,” says Munteanu. “Successful corporations take a progressive approach to safety and understand that contractors and subcontractors are an extension of their business. Through certifications they can experience measurable improvements in business processes, customer satisfaction and global reputation.”

According to a survey by the Independent Association of Accredited Registrars, 86 percent of companies that certify with a reputable accreditation organization realize a positive return on investment.

The ASSP Certification and Accreditation Institute, launched this past summer, is working with an accredited third-party registrar to conduct the audits, verify results of the assessment and issue a certification mark when all requirements are met.



 


Global Shop Solutions Sponsors Second Sunshine Spaces Room Makeover

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
 


Global Shop Solutions
Will Byers (front, right) and his sister, Samantha, are shown with their parents, Tim and Valerie Byers. Global Shop Solutions employees at work on a project for Will’s room.
Earlier this month, The Woodlands, TX-based Global Shop Solutions, a provider of ERP software for small to medium-size manufacturers, sponsored its second room makeover in partnership with Sunshine Spaces, a nonprofit organization based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that designs dream rooms for children battling long-term and terminal illnesses. Sunshine Spaces has provided room and home makeovers for more than 20 families across the United States, including several Houston-area homes devastated by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The latest room makeover was for local residents of Spring, TX, 8-year-old Will Byers and his younger sister, Samantha.

Diagnosed in 2014, Will has been battling Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare metabolic disorder with no cure or treatment. Often called childhood Alzheimer’s, Sanfilippo Syndrome is a progressive disorder, meaning that at birth children appear typical and do not show signs. As the disease progresses, the children degenerate, losing the ability to speak, walk and eat.

The Byers family was sent on an all-expenses paid vacation to New York City while the remodel was in progress. “Being able to have a fresh new start is good for him. It really means the world to us,” says Will’s father Tim Byers. Will’s mother Valerie Byers adds, “We learn to live in the moment and to just be grateful for what we have, and we’re so
grateful for all the family and friends who have supported us during this journey with Sanfilippo Syndrome.”

Global Shop Solutions provided 40 volunteers and over 400 volunteer hours. The remodel included demolition, construction, decoration, assembly, cleaning, and presentation for both children’s bedrooms and their bathroom to make more space for Will as his needs become more demanding. The event was covered by local Houston news agency ABC13.

“The Byers are such a great Christian family, and Will is a very special boy,” says Jayland Keeney, director of HR for Global Shop Solutions. “Anytime we can do something to make the smallest of change in someone’s life, we want to do that.”

Metalformers Bracing for a Decline

Monday, November 19, 2018
 
Metalforming companies forecast a decline in business conditions during the next three months, according to the November 2018 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report. The monthly report, a sampling of 122 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada, shows that 28 percent predict a decline in activity (up from 12 percent in October); 21 percent anticipate an improvement in economic activity during the next three months (down from 25 percent in October); and 51 percent expect no change (compared to 63 percent last month).

“While metalforming companies have proven resilient in the face of steel and aluminum tariffs, longer lead times and price spikes for these essential commodities are beginning to hurt our members as reflected by the significant jump in survey respondents who are predicting a decline in business,” says PMA President Bill Gaskin. “This is the reason that PMA is active in Washington, D.C., and with local and national media outlets to educate the Trump administration and others about the damage being done to steel- and aluminum-using manufacturers. The Section 232 tariffs should be terminated as quickly as possible.”
 

 

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