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South Carolina OSHA Voluntary Protection Program

OSHA Voluntary Programs provides a variety of free and confidential consultation service programs designed to reduce or eliminate safety and health hazards in the workplace for employers and employees of both the public and private sector.

Palmetto Star Voluntary Protection Program

This program, which is voluntary, provides recognition to qualified employers who exceed the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 in providing their workers a safe and healthy worksite. Any employer in Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes 20-39 may choose to apply.

Palmetto Star sites are not expected to be perfect, but they are expected to effectively protect their workers from the hazards of the workplace through their safety and health systems. A Palmetto Star site is one that has proven it is able to function independently of OSHA and is self-sufficient in its ability to control hazards at the worksite.

To qualify, an applicant must demonstrate management's commitment to safety, assess hazards that may be present within the workplace, maintain a system for hazard correction and control, provide employees safety and health training, and assure employee participation in safety and health programs. Finally, the company must have a total injury/illness incident rate and a total lost workday incident rate that is 50 percent or below the state average for the applicant's industry for each of the last three years.

Several benefits associated with participation in this program may include:

  • Increase in morale
  • Increase in productivity
  • Increase in quality
  • Improvement in safety and health programs
  • Reduction in injuries and illnesses
  • Possible reduction in costs/increased profits

Approval for participation is determined by the Director of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. By approving an application for participation in the Palmetto Star, OSHA recognizes that the applicant is providing, at a minimum, the basic elements of ongoing, systematic protection of workers at the site.

The symbols of recognition are certificates of approval and flags. The participant also may choose to use program logos on such items as letterhead or awards for employee contests. Each approved site will have a designated OSHA contact person to handle information and assist with requests. OSHA will continue to investigate valid, formal employee safety and health complaints, significant chemical spills/leaks, and all fatalities/catastrophes.

Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP)

This program, which is voluntary, provides recognition to qualified employers who exceed the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 in providing their workers a safe and healthy worksite. SHARP is designed to provide incentives and support to those employers that implement and continuously improve effective safety and health management system(s) at their worksite. 

To qualify, an applicant must demonstrate management's commitment to safety, assess hazards that may be present within the workplace, maintain a system for hazard correction and control, provide employees safety and health training, and assure employee participation in safety and health programs. Finally, the company must have a total injury/illness incident rate and a total lost workday incident rate that is below the state average for the applicant's industry for each of the last three years.

Several benefits associated with participation in this program may include:

  • Increase in morale
  • Increase in productivity
  • Increase in quality
  • Improvement in safety and health programs
  • Reduction in injuries and illnesses
  • Possible reduction in costs/increased profits
  • Exemption from OSHA  programmed  inspections

Approval for participation is determined by the Director of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. By approving an application for participation in the SHARP, OSHA recognizes that the applicant is providing, at a minimum, the basic elements of ongoing, systematic protection of workers at the site.

The symbols of recognition are certificates of approval and flags. The participant also may choose to use program logos on such items as letterhead or awards for employee contests. Each approved site will have a designated OSHA contact person to handle information and assist with requests. OSHA will continue to investigate valid, formal employee safety and health complaints, significant chemical spills/leaks, and all fatalities/catastrophes.

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