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Employer Recognition Programs

Recognition is an important part of continuous improvement. Oregon OSHA is pleased to recognize those companies that have outstanding records in occupational safety and health. We have several programs that recognize different levels of achievement.


The Voluntary Protection Program recognizes excellence in safety and health management and is managed by the Oregon OSHA Consultation and Services Section. It requires a company to submit a written application and requires an on-site evaluation of the company's entire safety and health management system. For more information on VPP, go to the Oregon OSHA VPP we-site at http://www.orosha.org/subject/vpp.html.

Milestone Awards

On an on-going basis Oregon OSHA is pleased to recognize outstanding efforts in the reduction of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in Oregon workplaces. Many companies like to use the presentation of these awards as an opportunity to celebrate safety.

This award recognizes companies who work for a certain number of hours a Zero DART rate. This means the applicable employee hours without a loss time or restricted duty accident. This award can apply to specific worksites or to a company's statewide operations.

Categories include:

  • Category 1, Companies with up to 25 employees  = 100,000 hours
  • Category 2, Companies with between 26 and 99 employees  = 500,000 hours
  • Category 3, Companies with 100 or more employees  = 1,000,000 hours
To apply for a Milestone award, complete the Milestone award application form (pdf) and attach supporting documentation. Send the information to: Oregon OSHA Employer Recognition Programs, *c/o Brenda Camacho-Ching, 1750 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 112, Portland, OR 97209-2533 or send e-mail to brenda.l.camacho-ching@state.or.us


The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program is a recognition program which promotes and recognizes effective safety and health management and continuous improvement. SHARP is managed by the Consultative Services Section and requires on-site evaluations of a company's comprehensive safety and health programs. For more information on SHARP, go to the Oregon OSHA SHARP website at http://www.orosha.org/subjects/sharp.html.


The Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Awards are given through a biennial conference co-sponsored by Oregon OSHA and the American Society of Safety Engineers Columbia-Willamette Chapter. Individuals and organizations are nominated by their peers and are judged by a committee. There are several categories including small business, new business, and safety committees.

To apply for a GOSH award, request a nomination form by email from oregon.conferences@state.or.us, complete a nomination form, and send it to the Governor's Conference Award Committee.