West Virginia spark plug company achieves safety excellence with help from On-site Consultation Program
NGK Spark Plugs (USA) Inc. of Sissonville, W.Va., contacted OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program for help creating an effective safety and health program as the company’s production demands increased. The most significant change resulting from the consultation involved machine guarding. After consultants discovered that most NGK equipment arrived from its overseas supplier without machine guards, NGK notified the engineering team, which made the guards a standard for all machines globally. Consultants also helped NGK identify and correct deficiencies in its hazard communication and hearing conservation programs. Due to these and other improvements, NGK has been part of OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program for six years, during which the company has dramatically reduced its injury and illness rates. In 2015 NGK’s rate of total recordable injuries was less than half the national average for its industry, and the company’s rate of injuries resulting in lost work was more than a third lower than the national average. For more information see the success story.