Long Trail Brewing becomes first Vermont brewery to receive Federal SHARP recognition

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Long Trail Brewing becomes first Vermont brewery to receive Federal SHARP recognition

Tue, 03/30/2010 - 10:39am -- tim

Project WorkSAFE, Vermont’s Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program, is pleased to announce that Long Trail Brewing of Bridgewater Corners has successfully completed and met the requirements of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
The company and the Vermont Department of Labor’s, Project WorkSAFE Program began working on the certification process over 12 months ago.
“We applaud the employees and management of Long Trail Brewing in this accomplishment, especially in these tough economic times” said Scott Meyer, Manager of Project WorkSAFE.
“We are excited about Long Trail’s continued leadership as a Vermont based brewer”, said Brian Walsh, President of Long Trail Brewing. Walsh went on to emphasize, “The SHARP recognition is an extension of the company’s passion to make award winning beer, but with emphasis on a safe and healthy environment for our brewing team.”
Since 1989, Long Trail Brewing has been a regional brewer of high-quality, Vermont handcrafted alternatives to imported beer. The company has a genuine passion for brewing and keeping their employees safe in the process. In addition, Long Trail Brewing won the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in April 2009 for their Eco-Brewing philosophy. The efforts of management and employees working together to reduce risk, therefore reducing injuries and illnesses, made the SHARP certification obtainable for this facility.
Long Trail Brewing is the third brewery in the United States to obtain the SHARP certification. The SHARP program is a nationally recognized program implemented by states under Federal OSHA. The SHARP program recognizes small, high-hazard businesses with exemplary safety and health programs. Upon receiving SHARP certification, the workplace will be exempt from programmed inspections during the period that the SHARP certification is valid. Currently, there are over 1000 firms in the United States with the SHARP certification.
The award is scheduled to be presented at Long Trail Brewing on March 31, 2010, 10 am at the Bridgewater facility.
Source: VT Dept of Labor. 3.30.2010