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Key Knife a SHARP place to work

State recognizes Tualatin company for graduating from health, safety program

Tualatin manufacturing company Key Knife Inc. is one of the latest graduates from the state of Oregon's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, or SHARP, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced Monday.

SHARP recognizes employers that work to ensure on-the-job safety, manage workers' health and reduce workplace injuries. The program's stated goal is to have businesses become “self-sufficient” in addressing safety and health matters in the workplace.

“I feel SHARP has helped us in reaching the employee involvement and commitment that we need to have a successful safety program,” said Shawna Bergeron, safety coordinator for Key Knife, in the Department of Consumer and Business Services release announcing Key Knife's graduation from SHARP. “You can have an endless amount of safety policies and procedures in place, but if you don't have the commitment of the employees, safety will not be valued.”

Key Knife now joins more than 140 Oregon companies that have graduated from SHARP. About 30 more actively participate in the program, which sets out a “road map for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, to develop and implement effective Safety and Health Programs, to continuously improve, and to become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health,” according to an overview on the SHARP website.

The company employs 87 people worldwide, including 65 at its Tualatin plant. It manufactures systems used in mills, such as chippers and planers.


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