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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
 
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2007
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428
kevin.s.weeks@state.or.us

Evanite Fiber recognized for commitment to safety and health


(Corvallis) - The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) recently welcomed Evanite Fiber Corporation to the Oregon OSHA 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, continuously improve, and become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health issues.


"I notice more discipline in how we administer safety since we began the SHARP process," said Frank Trombetta, president of Evanite Fiber Corporation. "Once we began working with Oregon OSHA to complete SHARP certification, I have seen a greater intensity in achieving what we all want - zero injuries to employees."


Currently, 108 employers in Oregon participate in SHARP.


Evanite Fiber in Corvallis produces glass microfiber products for use in a variety of applications and industries. During the three years leading to its SHARP designation, Evanite Fiber maintained an average for lost-time workplace injuries and illness that was one-third lower than the statewide average for glass wool manufacturers. In 2005 - while increasing production by 50 percent - Evanite Fiber achieved an injury rate 68 percent below the statewide average. The company employs 140 people.


"Safety and health in the workplace must be a priority in every business plan," said Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA. Wood visited the Corvallis employer Jan. 26 to present the SHARP award. "Continuous improvement in safety and health benefits everyone - workers come home safe to their families, productivity improves, and business costs from accidents go down. Evanite and its unions have come to understand the benefits of working together to make safety and health in the workplace a reality."


"It seems to me that many companies can benefit from SHARP, especially if they have concerns about their current safety performance," Trombetta said. "As a result of achieving SHARP certification, every employee at Evanite is more aware of safety than they were prior to the process and are willing to take ownership for better results."


Membership in SHARP does not restrict Oregon OSHA regulatory enforcement. Employees retain all workplace safety and health rights contained in the Oregon Safe Employment Act. 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.

 

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer & Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
 

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