CASCO — Hancock Lumber’s Bethel and Ryefield eastern white pine mills have earned certification into the U.S. Department of Labor’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

The department recognizes small-business employers who have used Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s consultation program services and operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program.

Acceptance of a company’s worksite into SHARP from OSHA is a significant achievement. Fewer than 2,000 companies nationwide have earned SHARP certification, and out of 44,000 companies in Maine, only 63 sites have earned SHARP certification.

To qualify for SHARP, companies must undergo a comprehensive audit, correct all hazards identified during an on-site health and safety consultation, demonstrate that effective safety and health programs are in place and maintain injury rates below the industry average for the last year of completed data.

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