Augusta, ME (WorkersCompensation.com) - Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced that Maine Oxy of Brewer and Davis Brothers of Chester have each earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award (SHARP) in recognition of each business' rigorous safety achievement program.
Acceptance into SHARP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes each business as a model for worksite safety and health standards.
“Employers earn SHARP recognition by operating their facility under strict safety and health management standards,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “We congratulate these two businesses for earning SHARP certification. They demonstrate to their peers that making safety a priority pays off for everyone.”
A banner and certificate will be presented to each business at separate ceremonies on Oct. 6, 2014.
Commissioner Paquette stated, “SHARP companies know that a safer facility is not only good for Maine workers, but also good for their businesses. Better safety means less lost time due to injury and illness as well as lower workers' comp costs.”
Fewer than 2,000 worksites in the United States have earned SHARP certification. These awards bring Maine's total to 71 SHARP worksites.
To qualify for SHARP, companies must undergo a comprehensive audit, correct all hazards identified during an onsite health and safety consultation, demonstrate that effective safety and health programs are in place and maintain injury rates below the industry average for the last year of completed data. After awarding the SHARP designation, OSHA removes the worksite from its general scheduled inspection list for two years. If the company continues to meet all conditions of the program, the SHARP designation may be renewed for another two years.
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