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Uncasville’s Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation Earns SHARP Distinction

For immediate release
November 21, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation of Uncasville has earned the distinction of being one of only 51 New England companies to receive a Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP) award, the highest certification given to small employers for workplace safety and health. 

Representatives from the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) awarded the company the honor during the 5th annual Region I SHARP luncheon, held Nov. 5 in Ascutney, Vermont. 

Attending the luncheon were representatives from the USDOL Region I OSHA office in Boston, MA, along with OSHA program managers from the six New England states. Included were Richard Palo, CONN-OSHA Director, and Kenneth Tucker, Consultation Program Manager from Connecticut. 

A voluntary program, SHARP recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system.  According to Palo, companies participating in the program must request a comprehensive safety and health consultative visit involving a complete hazard identification survey and involve employees in the process.  All identified hazards must then be corrected, with the injury and illness rates being lower than the national average for that industry.   

Smurfit-Stone, which employs 100 people, is the industry’s leading integrated manufacturer of paperboard and paper-based packaging. The SHARP designation allows Smurfit-Stone exemption from OSHA's general schedule inspection list during the two-year award period.   

"The SHARP award reflects a strong employer and employee commitment to safety and health in the workplace," Palo explains.  "This award is only given after a rigorous evaluation by our CONN-OSHA consultants and is awarded to those small companies who have demonstrated the highest level of dedication in making their work environment the safest possible place." 

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