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News Release
 

Oregon OSHA, 350 Winter Street NE Room 430, Salem, Oregon 97301-3878

For immediate release:
July 31, 2012
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
503-947-7428
 

Applied Physics Technologies recognized for safety achievement

McMinnville company earns SHARP designation

(Salem) – Oregon OSHA welcomes Applied Physics Technologies (APTech) in McMinnville 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 100 facilities that have graduated from the program.

"We adopted what we have learned during the SHARP process and integrated it into our culture,” said Sarah Searcy, APTech safety committee president. “The emphasis on this progressive program has encouraged participation from each and every employee. Our employees take pride in the safe environment we have built together.”

With 13 full-time employees, APTech is involved in both the production and development of electron-emitting materials and electron sources used in specialized microscopes. The company provides custom design and fabrication capabilities to enhance standard catalog items.

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.