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.
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
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
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.
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."
Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535