SHARP - Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Programs

SHARP ceremony

N.C. Department of Labor's SHARP Recognition Program is administered through its Consultative Services Bureau of the Occupational Safety and Health Division. The SHARP Program is designed for small and mid-size employers that have established, implemented and maintained exceptional workplace safety standards.

Benefits of SHARP Accreditation

Benefits include the reduction of operating costs, along with increased quality and productivity due to employee involvement. Other benefits include FREE professional safety and health mentoring, reduced OSH compliance inspections, lower workers’ compensation costs and well-deserved community recognition. 

SHARP Recognition Programs

  • SHARP (General Industry) is a program that recognizes small and mid-size employers who have developed and maintained effective safety and health programs.
  • SHARP (Public Sector) is a program that recognizes certain categories of public sector employers who have developed and maintained effective safety and health programs. Current categories include: school maintenance, public works, sheriff and police, public utilities, fire, EMS, and parks and recreation.
  • SHARP (Construction) is one of the most prestigious safety and health recognition programs for the construction industry in North Carolina. This program is designed for construction worksites with effective, comprehensive safety and health programs, making them leaders in employee protection. NCDOL and the Consultative Services Bureau continue to work with general contractors in North Carolina and have worked hard to reduce fatalities and costly injuries in the construction industry. For more information, review the SHARP Construction Program Package.
  • SHARP (Logging) is an outreach program for the logging operations associated with felling and moving trees and logs from a worksite. The Consultative Services Bureau and NCDOL’s intention is to build a strong foundation within the logging industry, while recognizing SHARP logging sites that are “a cut above the rest” in this very dangerous industry.

SHARP Application Process

To begin the SHARP application process, simply complete the consultation request form. If you have questions or would like more information regarding the SHARP Recognition Program, please call 919-707-7846.

Additional SHARP Resources

Participants of the SHARP Recognition Programs

SHARP Annual Review Form

Consultative Services Bureau and SHARP Brochure