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Occupational Safety & Health (TOSHA)

SHARP Program

The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) is a similar program to the VPP STAR, but is designed for smaller employers and provides assistance in developing and implementing effective safety and health programs. TOSHA consultants form a partnership with the employer and employees and provide information and assistance on workplace hazards and implementation of safety and health management systems and programs. Benefits include reduced injury and illness rates, decreased worker compensation costs, increased employee morale, and an exemption from programmed compliance inspections. The initial exemption period is 12 months, and subsequent exemption periods are up to 36 months. The participants also receive a plaque that recognizes their achievement.


  • Have a Lost Workday Injury and Illness (LWDII) rate and Total Recordable Case Rate (TRCR) below the average for their industry
  • Be a single, fixed worksite
  • Have a minimum of one-year operating history
  • Have an effective safety and health program in place

If you take special pride in your workplace and think it deserves special recognition for joint employer-employee safety and health efforts, you'll want to look at the SHARP program.

Current Tennessee SHARP Sites

For more information, call 1-800-325-9901 or 615/741-2793 at TOSHA Consultative Services.

Send comments to Division of Occupational Safety and Health

220 French Landing Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Ph: (615) 741-2793
Fax: (615) 253-1623
Toll Free: 1-800-249-8510