Scrap metal recycler’s Augusta, Maine, facility receives OSHA’s SHARP award.
’s Augusta, Maine, scrap metal recycling facility has earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award (SHARP) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The SHARP award recognizes businesses that are a model for worksite safety and health standards.
“OSHA has placed national emphasis on safety in the metal recycling industry because it is such a hazardous business. This is Maine’s first SHARP award for a metal recycling worksite,” says OSHA Commissioner Jeanne Paquette.
“Employers earn SHARP recognition by operating their facility under strict safety and health management standards,” says Maine Governor Paul LePage. “We congratulate OneSteel and our other SHARP locations for making safety a priority for hardworking Mainers.”
OneSteel has 25 employees at its Bangor location and a total of 75 employees in five locations in Maine.
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.