May 15, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2013 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009
Three locations now SHARP certified
AUGUSTA—Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced that three of Deering Lumber’s stores have earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award (SHARP), bringing Maine’s total SHARP worksites to 69.
The Springvale location is receiving its first SHARP. The Biddeford location has re-earned their original certification and the Kennebunk location is renewing their existing SHARP certification. The acceptance of three Deering Lumber worksites into SHARP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) not only recognizes these businesses as models for worksite safety and health standards, but highlights Deering Lumber’s commitment to making their locations safe for its employees.
“Employers earn SHARP recognition by operating their facility under strict safety and health management standards,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “We congratulate Deering Lumber for having three worksites earn SHARP certification. This achievement demonstrates that making safety a priority pays off for employees and for the company.”
Commissioner of Labor Jeanne 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.”
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. Fewer than 2,000 worksites in the United States have earned SHARP certification.
Employers interested in learning more about the SHARP designation should contact SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or www.safetyworksmaine.com . SafetyWorks! provides a trained consultant with industry-specific expertise who will review the facility by appointment. The consultation may include such elements as recognizing safety hazards, sampling for air and noise exposures, recommending ways to reduce or to eliminate hazards, developing or improving a safety program, complying with federal OSHA regulations and identifying training needs.
SafetyWorks! is not OSHA and cannot issue fines or citations to private businesses. While SafetyWorks! helps businesses of any size, priority is given to small businesses. The program trains about 8,000 people and consults at nearly 1,000 worksites in Maine each year.