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Jan. 31, 2012
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Oregon wood products facility earns safety recognition
Roseburg Forest Products EWP joins SHARP

(Salem) – Oregon OSHA welcomes Roseburg Forest Products EWP in Riddle as the latest employer in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The ultimate goal of SHARP is to encourage employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 70 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP, in addition to more than 90 facilities that have graduated from the program.

Roseburg’s Engineered Wood Products plant is one of North America’s largest EWP facilities, covering nearly 70 acres, with more than 750,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The plant manufactures joists used in floor and roof construction; laminated veneer lumber for headers, beams, studs, and columns; and rim board for perimeter framing and load transfer. It is a complete processing facility, from drying and grading veneer to final packaging and shipment. The plant has 132 employees.

“We believe that safety is No. 1,” said Jimmy Holsapple, safety coordinator for Roseburg Forest Products EWP. “Safety will not be sacrificed for production. We will provide a safe working environment and a plant culture that values and promotes employee health and safety. We will strive for an incident rate of zero.”

Participation in SHARP does not eliminate regulatory enforcement, although SHARP participants do receive a limited exemption from programmed inspections . Employees retain all workplace safety and health rights contained in the Oregon Safe Employment Act. Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP regardless of size or type of business.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.