OCV Control Valves Earns SHARP Certification

June 01, 2015

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Blake Kelso, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for OCV Control Valves, LLC

Tulsa Manufacturing Company Earns Coveted OSHA Certification

June 1st, 2015, TULSA, OK – Tulsa-based The Radford Company earned the SHARP designation for its two subsidiary companies from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in recognition of its exemplary safety and health program and proactive workplace hazard reduction efforts across its subsidiary companies.

The SHARP, or Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, highlights small businesses with a proven commitment to injury and illness prevention. Upon receiving SHARP recognition, OSHA exempts a companys worksite from programmed inspections during the SHARP certification term.

Only a handful of companies are recognized by OSHA with the SHARP designation each year. In Oklahoma, OCV Control Valves/AMS Machining Specialists and Precision Coatings, LLC, wholly owned The Radford Company, join only 10 other companies statewide to subsidiaries of achieve this honor.

“All of our worksites are committed to illness and injury prevention. We choose to make safety a minute-by-minute priority and it means our entire employee-owned and managed company is constantly seeking better, safer ways to do things,” Britt Radford, CEO of The Radford Company, said. “Safety, like other critical business processes, is a journey, not a destination. We have to keep moving forward and improving.”

Craig Cox, Plant Manager for The Radford Company, said the current path to SHARP certification began more than three years ago and involved internal company efforts, consultants, assessments from state and federal agencies, and a strong company wide culture shift prioritizing safety. “We dont want anyone to get hurt. Its that simple. We want our employees to be safe at work and to be healthy and able to enjoy their time away from work. It makes good business sense and its just the right thing to do,” Cox said.

The SHARP program recognizes companies with demonstrated excellence in several key areas, including:

  • Providing protection from illness and injury
  • Creating a culture of safety
  • Providing leadership in safety and health
  • Saving money

About The Radford Company

The Radford Company is an employee-owned, operated, and managed company with approximately 80 employees, and a history dating back to 1942. The Radford Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries OCV Control Valves, AMS Machining Specialists and Precision Coatings, LLC are based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and serve international markets in a variety of industries and applications.


OCV Control Valves designs, manufactures and sells hydraulically operated, diaphragm-actuated, automatic control valves. OCV control valves can be found throughout the world, from a municipal water system in the US, to an oil refinery in Russia or an irrigation system in Europe. OCV is ISO 9001:2008 certified.


AMS Machining Specialists machines a wide variety of materials including cast steel, cast iron, many grades of stainless steel, monel/nickel, aluminum, bronze, brass, Teflon in bar stock and plate. AMS also performs its own tooling and fixturing work, develops its own CNC programming, and provides milling and turning. AMS is ISO 9001:2008 certified.


About Precision Coatings, LLC
Precision Coatings is an approved applicator of coatings from basic to exotic. Precision Coatings features oven capacities to 11 feet designed to reach temperatures of more than 1000 degrees F. Precision Coatings offers walk-in, cabinet, and sand blasting using aluminum oxide, glass bead and steel shot plus an on-site machine shop for the most demanding fixturing & masking requirements.


The On-site Consultation Program’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), administered through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes businesses with fewer than 250 employees who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to illness and injury prevention. Program benefits to businesses who earn the certification include exemption from regularly scheduled OSHA inspections for the period of the certification, plus achieving other positive results:

  • Protect workers from all safety and health hazards that may exist at your workplace, keeping operations and production running smoothly
  • Develop an innovative injury and illness prevention program to protect workers
  • Create a better working environment free of safety and health hazards
  • Boost worker morale by involving workers in creating a culture that emphasizes a safe and healthful workplace
  • Lower worker compensation insurance premiums
  • Improve your worker retention and reduce costly turnover