Container Corporation Earns SHARP Distinction
For immediate release
November 21, 2007
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
"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."
Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535