Nature’s Bakery earns SCATS SHARP Award for excellence in workplace health and safety

The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the State of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations recognized Nature’s Bakery in Carson City on February 6, 2017 for their successful entry into the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). While in the program, Nature’s Bakery has seen tremendous success in its Carson City production facility’s safety programs. The Company has been able to reduce the employee incident rate down to one-third of the average rate within their industry. In addition, the morale in the facility has improved with all employees taking part in the safety program.

“SHARP recognition is not just for our Environmental, Health and Safety Department, it is for all Nature’s Bakery employees. Without their hard work and belief in the program, it would not matter what I created and it would just be words on a page. The employees are the ones who bring the program to life,” said Gary Daniels, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for Nature’s Bakery. Daniels is also a graduate of the State of Nevada Safety and Health Practitioner program offered by SCATS. “For us, achieving SHARP goes beyond having an award to display. This honor is found within all employee positions as they work together every day to make their lives and the company better.”

Nature’s Bakery joins an elite group of businesses that have successfully entered the SHARP program and maintain exemplary safety and health programs. Participation in the no-cost program is designed to provide incentives and support to employers to develop, implement and continuously improve safety and health programs at their worksite(s). By taking these proactive measures, a business can reduce accident costs and ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations.

“Nature’s Bakery is a great Nevada employer that has committed to the values of fostering safe and healthy workplaces,” said Todd Schultz, Chief Administrative Officer for SCATS. “We have worked with Nature’s Bakery and their team many times and their dedication to workplace safety, their employees and the community is commendable.”

SCATS consultants provide employers with confidential hazard identification, program development, program implementation assistance and training. Employers that implement effective safety and health programs and have a days away restricted transfer (DART) rate below the national average for their industry group, may be recognized by SCATS. Successful SHARP participants receive a two-year exemption from OSHA’s general schedule inspections.

Businesses interested in the SHARP program can contact SCATS at 775.824.4630.  For more information on SCATS, or for a schedule of training courses offered at no charge by SCATS, call toll free 1.877.4SAFENV, or visit www.4safenv.state.nv.us.