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For immediate release: July 2, 2015

Stark County employer one of only 29 in Ohio granted SHARP status

COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today announced Stark County's People's Cartage, Inc. has attained certification through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). The company joins just 28 Ohio work sites that have achieved certification through the SHARP program, which recognizes small employers that operate exemplary safety and health management systems.

"People's Cartage is now among the most elite businesses in Ohio, serving as models of workplace safety," said Buehrer. "It takes a real commitment to workplace safety to enter this program and the reward goes to both employees who are working in a safer environment and employers who see costs go down as workplace accidents decrease."

The Stark County company is a third party logistics services provider operating 162,000 square feet of public and contract warehouse space in Navarre. The company specializes in a variety of commodities from chemicals and plastics to consumer goods with food grade storage areas, repackaging services, and pick and pack fulfillment services. People's Services, Inc., the parent company of People's Cartage, has more than 450 employees nationwide. The company, based in Canton, also owns Terminal Warehouse, Inc. in the Akron area along with several other companies in Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Four of the Terminal Warehouse, Inc. sites are already SHARP-certified in Ohio.

"It is an honor to be the warehouse manager of a facility that is SHARP-certified,ā€¯ said Jay Kreiger, People's Cartage warehouse manager. "The pride of knowing all the hard work and dedication put forth is recognized in such a way that tells potential customers we care about our employees, we care about our facility, and we care about your business."

BWC administers the OSHA On-Site Consultation program in Ohio, through a grant from OSHA. The program provides safety consultation and training to small employers in high-hazard industries to develop, implement and continuously improve effective safety and health programs in their workplaces. As a reward for their efforts, OSHA grants SHARP employers a two-year exemption from inspections, with the opportunity to renew for three more years of exemptions.

"The most important detail of being SHARP-certified is the knowledge that each employee has gained through training that allows them to recognize and identify potential work hazards that could impact their safety and well-being," added Kreiger. "Our building is maintained to provide such safety, with checks and balances that recognize potential hazards in the workplace and train on the methods to correct them, as indicated through our SHARP certification."

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BWC consultants are available to help small-high-hazard businesses create and implement safety programs and identify hazards that need to be corrected to help them achieve SHARP status. This process can take up to 24 months.

The On-Site Consultation program is one of many safety programs available at BWC. Ohio employers who wish to address and improve safety and wellness in their workplaces are encouraged to learn more by calling 1-800-OHIO-BWC (1-800-644-6292) or by visiting www.bwc.ohio.gov.

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