HVO given NC Department of Labor Safety Award

Feb 19, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo AWARDED — HVO’s Environmental Safety Committee accepts the SHARP Award from Cherie Berry, N.C. commissioner of Labor (center), along with Kathy Ragan, NCDOL occupational safety consultant to HVO (third from left, front row), and Scott Hammond, NCDOL industrial hygiene consultant, (second from left, back row). Below, Greg West, HVO’s environmental health, safety director and safety committee chair, and Cherie Berry, N.C. commissioner of labor, shake hands.

On Monday, Feb. 17, Haywood Vocational Opportunities (HVO) received the prestigious North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Award for safety excellence.  North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry presented the award to HVO and she recognized HVO as the first entity in Haywood County to receive this remarkable honor. Accepting this award on HVO’s behalf were members of HVO’s Safety Committee. Norm Yearick and Jim Froehlich, members of HVO’s board of directors, were also present to receive the award on HVO’s behalf.

SHARP is a program that recognizes small and mid-size employers who have developed and maintained effective safety and health programs, setting the benchmark for the highest level of care.  Additionally, it is a special recognition from NCDOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Division for companies leading in following safe and healthful work conditions, reduced absenteeism and turnover, more efficient operations, and lower insurance rates.  Overall, SHARP status signifies that HVO is a leader in the health and safety field in Haywood County.

Haywood Vocational Opportunities is a nonprofit mission-driven social enterprise business located in Western North Carolina that produces medical drapes and other medical devices for domestic and international surgical needs.  HVO has more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing disposable health care products and has created partnerships with some of the key players in the international medical industry. HVO provides local vocational training and employment opportunities in Haywood County to adults with disadvantages and disabilities. HVO employs approximately 383 individuals and serves 225 in its training programs annually. HVO treats safety as a core value within the organization and thanks all employees for making safety first, both at home and at work.