Employers may participate in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). This program provides incentives and support to smaller, high-hazard employers to develop, implement and continuously improve effective safety and health programs at their worksite(s). The program recognizes employers who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health by receiving a comprehensive safety and health consultation visit, correcting all workplace safety and health hazards, adopting and implementing effective safety and health management systems, and agreeing to request further consultative visits if major changes in working conditions or processes occur that may introduce new hazards. Employers meeting these specific program requirements may be exempt from general scheduled OSHA inspections for one year.

Benefits of SHARP

By achieving SHARP status, you have placed yourself in an elite group of small businesses that maintain exemplary injury and illness prevention programs. SHARP status grants you an exemption from OSHA programmed inspections for up to 2 years, and subsequent renewal for up to 3 years.*
With SHARP status, you create a culture of safety and health in the workplace, you build a reputation in your respective industry as a leader that provides a safe and healthy workplace for workers, you save money by reducing injuries and illnesses in the workplace and, thus, the direct and indirect costs relating to those injuries and illnesses.

How to Participate

To participate in SHARP, you must:

  1. Request a comprehensive visit from Safety In Paradise that involves a complete hazard identification survey;
  2. Involve employees in the consultation process;
  3. Correct all hazards identified by the consultant;
  4. Implement and maintain an injury and illness prevention program that, at a minimum, addresses OSHA's 1989 Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines;
  5. Maintain your company's Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rate and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rate below the national average for your industry; and
  6. Agree to notify the Safety In Paradise program prior to making any changes in the working conditions or introducing new hazards into the workplace.

To schedule an On-site Consultation visit and determine your eligibility for SHARP, contact Safety In Paradise.

For more information on SHARP, please visit the OSHA SHARP page at https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/sharp.html.