Safety Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)
The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes small companies in high hazard industries that have demonstrated exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health. Employers that have implemented proven safety and health management programs, and work to continuously improve effectiveness may be eligible for this important recognition program. Employers who attain SHARP status are recognized as a model for worksite safety and health. SHARP certification exempts a small business from Federal OSHA’s scheduled inspections for the duration of the certification.
Companies that have met all the requirements for SHARP almost always experience fewer and less severe injuries and illness and have lower workers compensation costs. The primary beneficiaries of SHARP are employees, who at the end of the day are safe and healthy.
To be eligible for SHARP recognition companies must:
- employ less than 250 employees at a fixed worksite and less than 500 employees nationwide;
- receive comprehensive safety and health surveys conducted by the Oklahoma Consultation Program staff;
- correct all identified safety and health hazards, and involve employees in the development, implementation, and operation of all elements necessary for effective safety and health program;
- reduce their Lost Workday Incidence Rate (LWDI) and Injury Incidence Rate (IIR) to below the national average for their industry, based on at least one full year's experience
- agree to request additional consultative visits if major changes in the workplace conditions or processes introduce new hazards.