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Labor Department’s CONN-OSHA Honors Sanford & Hawley with SHARP Award
Presentation ceremony is September 4th at company’s Manchester headquarters

For immediate release
August 27, 2008

WETHERSFIELD - Sanford & Hawley, Inc. of Manchester - one of only 61 New England companies to do so - has earned a Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP) Award, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield announced today. 

Representatives from the agency’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA), and the U.S. Department of Labor, who jointly coordinate the SHARP program - the highest certification given to small employers for workplace safety and health in this country, will present the award to company officials during a Sept. 4 ceremony being held at their headquarters, located at 336 North Main Street. 

Participating in the event will be Kenneth Tucker, CONN-OSHA Consultation Program Manager, Marthe Kent, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor in Boston; State Sen. Mary Handley (4th Senatorial Dist.), Rep. Ryan Berry (12th Dist.), Manchester Mayor Louis Spadaccini, Tammy Wandler-Ginexi, Regional Director of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association and members of the Home Builders Association of Hartford County’s Safety Committee.

“A voluntary program, SHARP recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system,” Mayfield explains. “Participating companies, involving their own employees at each step along the way, must first request that a comprehensive safety and health consultative visit their establishment to complete a hazard identification survey. All identified hazards must then be corrected, with the resulting injury and illness rates being lower than the national average for that industry.” 

 A distributor of quality lumber and building materials, Sanford & Hawley, founded in 1884, employs approximately 70 employees.  In addition to its Manchester location, the company operates two Connecticut lumberyards: in Unionville and Avon, as well as another in West Springfield, MA.  All four facilities, according to Tucker, are covered under the SHARP designation. The SHARP designation, which has been awarded for two years, allows Sanford & Hawley to be removed from OSHA's general schedule inspection list during the two year award period, Tucker adds.

“The SHARP award reflects a strong employer and employee commitment to safety and health in the workplace" he points out.  "Presented only after a rigorous evaluation of the company by CONN-OSHA, SHARP is awarded to those small companies deemed to be truly the best of the best.  The fact that Sanford and Hawley now has all four of its locations included in the SHARP program indicates one of the highest levels of employer commitment that we in CONN-OSHA have ever seen.  They are truly a role model for other Connecticut companies who desire participation in SHARP.”

 "Acceptance into SHARP by OSHA is an achievement of status that singles us out among our business peers as a model for worksite safety and health,” notes Ted Sanford, Sanford & Hawley Vice President of Operations.Being recognized by OSHA took a company-wide commitment to safety and a lot of hard work by all of our employees. Receiving our SHARP certification is something that we are very proud of."

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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