SHARP is a recognition program administered by DLS for smaller, high-hazard employers who operate exemplary safety and health programs. SHARP rewards businesses with exemplary programs by removing their company's name from OSHA's Programmed Inspection Schedule.
Becoming a SHARP company takes commitment and dedication as indicated in the requirements below. A single consultation visit does not automatically make you a SHARP member.
Employers requesting SHARP must meet the following criteria:
• Be a fixed work site (construction companies not eligible)
• Have at least one year operating history
• Have the lost workday injury and illness rate and Total Recordable Case Rate at levels below the national average for their industry SIC.
• Agree to comprehensive safety and health consultative visits and to correct all hazards identified by the State Consultants. Agree to follow-up visits by the State Consultants.
• Agree to notify the Consultation Project Manager prior to making any changes in working conditions or work processes that might introduce new hazards into the workplace.
• Implement an effective safety and health program addressing, at a minimum, the elements of the 1989 Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.
• Involve employees in the development, operation, and improvement of all elements of the workplace safety and health program.
Employers that join the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) reduce workplace accidents, injuries and workers compensation costs while increasing employee morale and productivity. Testimonials from Massachusetts SHARP companies have proven this. One company had a total of 21 injuries in 1994. They began working with the consultation program in 1995 and their number of injuries went down to 9 in 1996 and has decreased to 1 injury in 2004. Another company reports an injury and lost day rate well below one-half of their industry's rate with their workers compensation premiums $100,000 lower this year than last. Being involved in the SHARP process allowed the company to lean on OSHA's specialists in a friendly, cooperative manner and to learn everything that they could about how to continue improving their safety performance.
A third SHARP company noted that their Experienced Modification Rate was 1.16 before SHARP and is currently 0.78, the lowest ever. This translates into a premium savings of over $100,000 per year. A SHARP plant in Western Massachusetts reports that their 2002 workers compensation total incurred costs were $153,880.00 and that has been reduced to $11,276.00 in 2006.
SHARP companies have noticed that more insurers are interested in them now.
Massachusetts SHARP Businesses: