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Oregon OSHA, 350 Winter Street NE Room 430, Salem, Oregon 97301-3878

For immediate release:
Dec. 10, 2012
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
503-947-7428
 
North Bend electrical contractor earns safety recognition
Reese Electric joins SHARP

(Salem) – Oregon OSHA welcomes Reese Electric in North Bend as the latest employer in 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 65 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP, in addition to approximately 100 facilities that have graduated from the program.

Reese Electric is an electrical contractor offering industrial, commercial, and residential services. The company also does network communications systems, automation and control, lighting upgrades, and other service work. The company employs 28 full-time workers in North Bend and three in a Bandon branch.

"Gaining SHARP recognition has been quite a process and helped us focus on safety in all areas – not just project sites, but right here at our home offices and shops," said owner Randy Rema. "All of our employees are proud of the role they have played in earning this recognition and work every day to maintain it."

Participation in SHARP does not eliminate regulatory enforcement, although SHARP participants do receive a limited exemption from programmed inspections. 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.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and 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, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.