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News Release

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

For immediate release:
Feb. 13, 2012
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
Rebar fabrication shop earns safety recognition
Harris Rebar joins SHARP

(Salem) – Oregon OSHA welcomes Harris Rebar in Portland 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.

Harris Rebar is North America’s leading fabricator, installer, and distributor of concrete reinforcing steel and related products. Headquartered near Hamilton, Ontario, the company has more than 80 locations across the United States and Canada. The Portland location currently has 14 employees.

“Being a part of SHARP means we are in the top of our field in safety,” said Gene Hendrickson, shop superintendent for the Portland location. “Any help we can receive to make us more aware is a great program. The more eyes, the better to see hazards. We hope we can help show our other shops how to be safe and productive.”

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.