LANCASTER, PA - For the past 10 years, Keystone Wood Specialties, a wholesale manufacturer of custom cabinet components, has maintained its standing and status as a safe place to work through participating in OSHA’s “Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program” (SHARP). On March 22, 2013, Keystone was again awarded a certificate of recognition and was approved through March 2015.
Open to firms across the United States with less than 250 employees, the SHARP program allows certified companies to forgo OSHA inspections for a period of two years at a time for exceeding government safety standards. In 2003, Keystone was one of only eight actively certified companies in Pennsylvania. Today there are more than 50, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The certification is indicative of Keystone’s commitment, says Dave Landis, Keystone’s safety compliance coordinator. “Being a woodworking shop with more than 50 employees, most of whom work with the kind of machinery that cuts and mills wood into cabinet component parts, we consider this to be a major accomplishment,” he adds. During its 10 years of SHARP certification, Keystone has only had 15 reportable injuries. “When you consider the number of employees we have, multiplied by the number of work days over 10 years, that amounts to a record we are very proud of,” Landis notes.
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