Key Knife Inc. graduates from SHARP
Salem, OR — Oregon OSHA has announced that Key Knife Inc. in Tualatin has graduated from 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 30 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP, in addition to approximately 142 employers that have graduated from the program.
With 65 employees at the Tualatin facility and 87 worldwide, Key Knife manufactures chipping, flaking, and planning systems used in sawmills, pulp mills, and particleboard plants around the world.
"I feel SHARP has helped us in reaching the employee involvement and commitment that we need to have a successful safety program," said Shawna Bergeron, safety coordinator for Key Knife. "You can have an endless amount of safety policies and procedures in place, but if you don't have the commitment of the employees, safety will not be valued."
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, although the program is primarily designed to help small and mid-size businesses.