Salem, OR (WorkersCompensation.com) - Harbor Wholesale Foods in Roseburg is the latest employer to be welcomed into Oregon OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The ultimate goal of SHARP is to encourage employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 35 employer locations are active SHARP employers, in addition to approximately 136 facilities that have graduated from the program.
Harbor Wholesale Foods is a distributor for grocery and foodservice products with locations in Roseburg, Ore., and Lacey, Wash. The company employs 67 people at its Roseburg location.
"The SHARP program has given our company a framework to help us live our company value of safety throughout our daily operations," said Justin Erickson, CEO of Harbor Wholesale Foods. "We pride ourselves on being a family company and workplace where our people come first. Keeping our family of employees safe is our top priority. Our team has taken ownership of the SHARP program and encourages all of our team members to consider safety in everything we do."
Participation in SHARP does not eliminate regulatory enforcement, although SHARP participants do receive a limited exemption from programmed inspections. Employees retain all workplace safety and health rights contained in the Oregon Safe Employment Act. Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP regardless of size or type of business.
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