The Oregon SHARP Alliance presented Oregon OSHA consultant George Vorhauer with the organization's 2017 Blue Star Award at the Blue Mountain Safety and Health Conference on June 6.
The Blue Star award recognizes Oregon individuals for their outstanding dedication to and impact on workplace safety and health in Oregon.
The annual award is presented at the SHARP Alliance's Blue Mountain Safety and Health Conference in June.
Vorhauer started with Oregon OSHA in 1989 as a compliance officer in the Portland area and worked for several years on Oregon OSHA's Fatality Investigation Team before becoming an Occupational Safety Consultant in northeast Oregon. He was the chairperson for the Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference in 1997 and past president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (Cascade Chapter).
As a safety consultant, Vorhauer spends much of his time teaching employers to think beyond basic hazard recognition and shows them how to look for the underlying causes of hazards.
Vorhauer has also served as a SHARP team leader or team member for 10 eastern Oregon companies as they worked through the SHARP process, and assisted in 11 audits of companies that are participating in the Voluntary Protection Program.