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Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program

Becoming a SHARP company

Employers that have been in business for more than a year are eligible to apply for the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Before the process begins, employers must agree to several requirements, including the following:

  • A comprehensive safety and health assessment of the workplace
  • Significant involvement of employees in the safety and health program
  • Correction of hazards, and improvement of the safety and health management system

Application, approval, and inspection exemption

A request to pursue SHARP may be made by phone, during a consultation, or by filling out a commitment letter. SHARP candidates must have a Days Away, Restricted, and Transfer (DART) rate below the national BLS industry average for their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

SHARP approvals are granted in 12-month increments. To continue in the program, employers must apply for renewal during the last quarter of the approval year. An employer that has been approved under SHARP for the second and subsequent years can be exempted from scheduled Oregon OSHA inspections. Employers may graduate from SHARP after five years of participation.


The primary beneficiaries of SHARP are your employees, who, at the end of the work day, can return to their families safe and healthy. At the same time, fewer injuries and illnesses can mean greater profits as workers’ compensation and other costs decline. A SHARP designation also comes with recognition in the community.

Learn more

  Documents / assessment tools

  What employers are saying about SHARP

  Who’s participating


Contacts and links

​Mark Hurliman
Oregon OSHA VPP/SHARP Program Coordinator

Office locations

Oregon SHARP Alliance

SHARP flyer