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National Office Furniture Receives SHARP Recertification
Kentucky Ag Connection - 12/03/2019

National Office Furniture in Fordsville, a subsidiary of Kimball International, has received the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recertification for excellence in workplace safety, Secretary David A. Dickerson announced.

"This is a tremendous achievement for National Office Furniture," said Dickerson. "Our goal is to create more partnerships with companies in the Commonwealth who want to keep their employees safe."

The SHARP certification was created by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to recognize small business employers. SHARP is administered in Kentucky through the Labor Cabinet's Occupational Safety and Health consultation group, KYSAFE and the Partnership Program, and is open to companies who utilize KYSAFE consultative services and meet specific requirements. National Office Furniture first received their SHARP certification in 2011.

"We strive for an injury-free working environment for our people," said Vince Cooke, Kimball International's Director of Safety. "We have always had a deep commitment to the health and safety of our people, and we continue to build on that commitment. From our guiding principles, we know that 'our people are the company,' and our most valuable asset. During the past 15-year period at our Fordsville location, injuries have been reduced by 100 percent as Fordsville is injury free in 2019. There are many components of our safety program that must be executed flawlessly to achieve an injury-free environment, but none are more critical than the engagement of every employee."

"This has truly been a great partnership with The Kentucky Labor Cabinet. But the award is really a tribute to the engagement and commitment of every employee here at Fordsville," said National's Plant Manager, Kim Fuqua.

"Safety is driven by our people, for our people. Choices, our safety campaign has really helped everyone get in that safety mindset. I can truly say that our people take pride in being my brother's keeper. They look out for one another and at the end of the day returning home safely to their families is most important to everyone here at Fordsville," said Leslie Fuqua, safety coordinator

Currently, Kentucky has 15 SHARP certified companies. To find out more about how to qualify, visit www.labor.ky.gov.

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