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Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)

 
 
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What is SHARP?

Currently 34 Illinois employers have qualified for this prestigious OSHA Cooperative Program.

The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) is designed to recognize employers for OSHA standards compliance and their exemplary safety and health management systems. Worksites that receive SHARP recognition are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections for up to 2 years, and subsequent renewal for up to 3 years. 

 

Quote from John McGillivray, Manager, Safety & Environmental, Scot Forge

IL SHARP COMPANY since 2007:

 “Participation in SHARP has driven Scot Forge to move beyond simply striving for compliance to relentlessly pursuing the goal of sending every employee home every day without an injury.   We have seen a 6 fold reduction in our injuries since beginning our partnership with the IL OSHA On-Site Consultation Service yielding an Experience Modification Rate (EMR) of 0.49 which improves our competitiveness in a challenging economic environment.  We look forward to this relationship creating even better performance in the future.”

 

Benefits of SHARP

By achieving SHARP status, you have placed yourself in an elite group of small businesses that maintain exemplary safety and health management systems. In addition:

  • Work with CONSULTATION to identify and implement best practices
  • Develop an innovative safety and health management system
  • Boost employee morale by creating a safe, healthy workplaceoost employee morale by creating a safe, healthy workplace
  • Involve employees to continuously improve workplace conditions
  • Receive national recognition from OSHA for achieving SHARP status
  • Improve efficiency by lowering worker compensation costs
 

The SHARP Process

To participate in SHARP, you must agree to all of the following:

  • Request a comprehensive safety and health consultation visit by completing a request on line at OSHA.illinois.gov or calling 800-972-4216
  • Correct any hazards identified
  • Implement a safety and health management system that addresses OSHA's 1989 Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines
  • Maintain your company's Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rate and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rate below the national average for your industry
  • Agree to notify the Illinois OSHA On-Site Consultation Program of any changes in the working conditions or introducing new hazards into the workplace. gree to notify the Illinois OSHA On-Site Consultation Program of any changes in the working conditions or introducing new hazards into the workplace.