PUBLISHED: 3:21 PM on Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Alaskan Brewing Company earns honors for safety
Alaskan Brewing Company was awarded SHARP designation Friday, Dec. 9 at a ceremony held during the company's quarterly safety meeting for all staff. Presenting the award were Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Greg O'Claray and Division of Labor Standards and Safety Director Grey Mitchell.

The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program recognizes small employers who maintain top-notch workplace safety and health programs and have workplace illness and injury rates that are below national averages in their industry classification.

It is a national program under the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and is administered by the State of Alaska's Occupational Health Safety section.

"This company produces superior products and they do it the right way," O'Claray said. "Workplace safety and health is a cornerstone to this company's great success. Alaskan Brewing Company is achieving high standards and helping us provide good, safe jobs for Alaskans."

This is the company's third SHARP designation and it exempts them from generally scheduled AKOSH enforcement inspections through Dec. 9, 2007.

The company will continue to be subject to enforcement in cases of employee complaints or accident investigations. The company has seen reduced workers' compensation rates as a result of its participation in the SHARP program.

There are only 10 other SHARP sites in Alaska and about 1,200 nationwide.