Georgia Magazine - August 2019 - 15

SHORTTakes

Chris Fettes, chief operating officer, raises the flag signifying Coastal Electric's achievement of
the national Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program certification.

Coastal Electric first co-op in
Georgia to earn OSHA certification

Serving at the state
level: Jake Carter,
a member of the
Covington-based
Snapping Shoals EMC
board of directors,
was appointed by
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to the Georgia
Department of Economic Development
board of directors.

KEVIN ECKLEBERRY / LAGRANGE
DAILY NEWS

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idway-based Coastal Electric Cooperative in April became only the second
electric cooperative in the nation and the first in Georgia to be accepted
into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Safety &
Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
The program recognizes small businesses that have used OSHA's on-site consultation program and operate exemplary safety and health programs. Coastal Electric
began the SHARP certification process in September, which included on-site visits
from OSHA consultants and inspectors.
During her visit to present Coastal Electric
with a special flag and plaque commemorating
Usually, after an organization
the achievement, OSHA consultant Neely Bridges
expressed her surprise at how quickly the co-op
submits info about its safety
was accepted into SHARP. Usually, after an
and health programs, it must
organization submits info about its safety and
undergo at least one round
health programs, it must undergo at least one
of revisions and resubmission, round of revisions and resubmission, but Coastal
Electric's submission was approved on the first
but Coastal Electric's
round, she said.
submission was approved
The SHARP certification is such a significant
nod to Coastal Electric's safety and health proon the first round.
gram that OSHA exempts the co-op from inspections for up to two years.
"Our goal in building a strong safety culture is always with the well-being of our
employees and our members in mind," said Chris Fettes, Coastal Electric chief operating officer. "The SHARP certification simply recognizes the excellent health and safety
programs already in place as a daily part of what we do."

COURTESY SNAPPING SHOALS EMC

COURTESY COASTAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

Hot commodities: Thanks to a $3,000
Operation Round Up grant from TriCounty Electric Membership Corp. (EMC)
in Gray, the Baldwin County Fire Rescue
has 213 new smoke alarms with 10-year
lithium batteries to distribute to county
residents. Those whose applications are
accepted will have fire alarms brought to
their homes and installed by firefighters.
In Operation Round Up, members opt to
round up their monthly bills to the nearest dollar; the difference goes into a fund
that is used for charitable causes in the
community.

Back on track: Following the success of
this year's inaugural Diverse Power Grand
Prix (see "Diverse Power sponsors first
Georgia GreenpowerUSA race,"
bit.ly/0219currents), the LaGrange-based
electric cooperative will sponsor the race
again at LaGrange College on Feb. 29,
2020. The race will feature middle school
and high school teams from throughout
the country competing in electric cars.
Fore a good cause: Okefenoke Rural EMC
in Nahunta donated $6,000 to the Southeast Cancer Unit Inc., which provides
financial assistance to cancer patients in
Brantley, Pierce and Ware counties. The
money was raised at the cooperative's
28th annual golf tournament on June 1
at Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross.
The tournament drew 85 players and
33 sponsors.
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