Chapin Manufacturing in Batavia recently teamed up with Mercy Flight WNY and Oatka for simulated emergency response exercises. Chapin is a world leader in compressed air sprayers.
The companies conducted the drills to help them prepare for emergencies. They were conducted at the 700,000-square-foot Chapin facility on Ellicott Street. One involved a heart-attack victim and the other simulated an industrial accident.
Mercy Flight of WNY used one of its helicopters and its first responders. The operations provided an opportunity for one group to participate and another group to observe, so Chapin and Oatka employees could walk away with better knowledge and be more prepared for actual emergency.
"It is our responsibility as a business to make sure that we are prepared for all kinds of emergencies and this event helps to incorporate those around us,” said Chapin CEO Jim Campbell.
Mercy Flight used this opportunity as a training exercise for employees. Coordinating these maneuvers is an example of how serious Chapin takes its health and safety program.
Chapin is currently in the process of earning their Occupational Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certificate of recognition for establishing and implementing an exemplary safety and health management system.
To qualify for the SHARP status, a company must: undergo complete and comprehensive safety and health audits; correct all hazards identified by the consultant; implement and maintain an exemplary safety and health management system; lower its lost workday, injury and illness rate, and have a recordable case rate below the national average.