TROUTVILLE, Va., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Roanoke Cement Company's Richmond site has reached a safety milestone with admission into OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program known as "SHARP." The program recognizes small business employers who have succeeded with operating exemplary injury and illness prevention through OSHA's " On-site Consultation Program." OSHA's On-site Consultation Program helps employers highlight potential hazards at their workplace, improve safety programs that are already in place, and offers the opportunity of a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.
Acceptance into SHARP is an achievement of status that singles out individual sites as a model for worksite safety and health. SHARP achievement is especially important in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as workplace-related deaths this year have already surpassed the number of fatalities recorded in both 2014 and 2015. Last month, Governor Terry McAuliffe emphasized the importance of workplace safety by attending and speaking at the 21st annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference - the first sitting governor to do so. Last year, Governor McAuliffe signed the Virginia Voluntary Protection Programs Act to encourage companies, like Roanoke Cement, to take safety above and beyond OSHA's requirements. The commonwealth now has 19 work sites that have been accepted in SHARP, which is administered through the Virginia Department of Labor.