IDF receives work place safety award

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR) has announced that International Dehydrated Foods, Inc., (IDF) in Monett has earned the distinction of being named the newest member of Missouri's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

IDF implemented the SHARP safety management program at its business and achieved an excellent workplace safety record, which qualified the manufacturer for this exclusive safety and health incentive and recognition program.

"We welcome International Dehydrated Foods, Inc., as the newest member of the SHARP program," said Todd Smith, DOLIR Director. "They have worked hard to develop and implement an exemplary safety and health program that will help them prevent job-related injuries and illnesses within their facility."

IDF is being honored today (Wednesday) for its achievement during a special ceremony at the business, which is located at 700 S. Chapel Drive in Monett.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and DOLIR will present the business with a proclamation signed by Gov. Matt Blunt, a certificate of recognition and a SHARP flag, which can be hung outside the facility.

SHARP is the highest level consultative services program of the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program. It is designed to promote effective workplace safety and health program management.

SHARP also is designed to provide incentives and support to smaller, high-hazard employers to work with their employees to develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health programs. All SHARP companies are exempt from programmed OSHA inspections from one to three years.

To be eligible for SHARP, a company may employ no more than 500 total employees at all nationwide worksites. In addition, the worksite's lost workday injury and illness rate must be below the national average for its industry.

Presently, 23 Missouri companies participate in the SHARP program. Criteria for inclusion in the SHARP include management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control and safety and health training.For more information about the SHARP or to request a free safety and health consultation, call 573-751-3403 or visit

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