ASSE Oregon Member Awarded Prestigious Blue Star Award for Safety and Health Excellence
The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) long-time member Duane Grange of Eugene, OR, safety and human resources director for Selectemp Employment Services, and a member of the ASSE Cascade Chapter, was recognized as the Oregon Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Alliance 2011 Blue Star Award Winner. Grange received this honor in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to safety and health, and for the positive impact he has had on workplace safety initiatives aimed at preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.
The Blue Star Award recognized Grange for his safety leadership, initiating and leading successful safety programs with measurable results, engaging peers, transforming their company’s safety culture, and demonstrating that safety is a critical part of business operations. Grange worked with the Selectemp safety committee in helping Selectemp become the 10th overall Oregon employer and first temporary staffing service to graduate from the Oregon SHARP in 2005. This designation, facilitated by the Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is a recognition program designed to provide an incentive road map for Oregon companies to work with their employees to develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health issues.
The overall goal of the SHARP program is to recognize companies that have achieved an exemplary level of occupational safety and health management, to reduce injuries and illnesses in the workplace and to provide a means for showing other companies that occupational safety and health can work for everyone. In order for a company to qualify, employers must request an audit to be conducted by the Oregon OSHA’s Consultation Section each year and after the fifth year of successful audit completion, the company graduates from the SHARP program. To be officially designated as a SHARP company, there are 58 items that address, management leadership, employee participation, hazard anticipation and detection, hazard prevention and control, administration and supervision, employee training, planning and evaluation.
Grange, an ASSE member for more than 15 years, noted, “Being a member of the Oregon SHARP Alliance provides us with an opportunity to help others succeed. The true essence of a SHARP leader is how many you have helped along the way who continues to pass on the skills they have learned to help others succeed in increasing workplace safety.”
Currently, there are 57 Oregon companies working toward the Oregon SHARP, 73 companies are working towards SHARP, 105 companies have graduated from SHARP. 12 of these companies went on to the Oregon Voluntary Participation Program (OR-VPP) and currently there are only 29 OR-VPP designated companies. For more information about the Oregon SHARP program, please visit http://www.orosha.org
Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, healthcare and education. For more information, please go to www.asse.org , (add the cascade chapter web address) and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety.