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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
September 19, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428


RFP Coquille plant recognized for workplace safety and health

(Coquille) The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) announced that the Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) plywood plant in Coquille has become a 'SHARP Graduate' in the Oregon OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP is a recognition program that provides an incentive and road map for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, to develop and implement effective safety-and-health programs, to continuously improve, and become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety-and-health issues. Currently, 100 employers in Oregon participate in the safety-and-health recognition program, with 24 achieving SHARP Graduate status.

During the past three years of being a SHARP employer, the Coquille plywood plant reduced the number of injuries that resulted in a day of work being lost by 75 percent. In 2004, RFP Coquille maintained a workplace injury and illness rate that was 56 percent below the statewide industry average for plywood producers.

"Continuous improvement in safety and health benefits everyone," said Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA. "Workers come home safe to their families, productivity improves and business costs from accidents go down. Participating in SHARP helps employers see those benefits right away."

Membership in SHARP does not restrict Oregon OSHA regulatory enforcement for workplace safety and health, and employees retain all workplace safety and health rights contained in the Oregon Safe Employment Act. Oregon employers who have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP regardless of size or type of business.

Keep your employees and workplaces safe through a commitment to training, education and elimination of hazards. More information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org

For additional information about the SHARP program, contact Mark Hurliman with Oregon OSHA at (503) 947-7437.

More about SHARP on the Web: http://www.orosha.org/subjects/sharp.html