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Region 10 News Release: 07-1372-SEA (#07-111)
Sept. 10, 2007
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Phone: 206-553-7620

IMCO Recycling of Idaho earns U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA 'SHARP' status for exemplary workplace safety and health

SEATTLE -- IMCO Recycling of Idaho has earned membership in the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). A recognition ceremony recently was held at the company's plant in Post Falls, Idaho.

'IMCO Recycling of Idaho has identified safety as a core value in its business plan,' said Richard Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. 'In collaboration with employees, the company continues to improve on its already excellent safety and health management system.'

IMCO Recycling of Idaho's aluminum recycling operations convert beverage cans, scrap and dross (a by-product of aluminum melting) to aluminum. The Post Falls facility has 26 employees.

In addition to its safety and health management system, the plant has an injury and illness case rate well below the industry average. As a participating SHARP company, IMCO Recycling of Idaho is exempt from OSHA programmed inspections until July 6, 2009.

Through SHARP, OSHA recognizes smaller employers that implement, operate and continuously improve exemplary safety and health management systems at their worksites. SHARP status, which is designed to provide incentives and support to employers, may be renewed.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit


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