The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the State of Nevada's Division of Industrial Relations recognizes Clasen Quality Chocolate, Inc.'s (CQC) facility in Sparks for successful entry into the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

This is the first time the facility has earned this honor. CQC Nevada has worked with SCATS consultants to develop its employee safety program and strives toward continuous growth.

"Our partnership with SCATS identified improvements to our safety programs and policies that have made a safer working environment for everyone," said Fred Nieforth, director of West Coast operations, CQC. "The SCATS team is a safety consultation resource we respect and enjoy collaborating with."

CQC Nevada is among a group of businesses that have achieved SHARP status by maintaining exemplary health and safety protocols. Participation in the no-cost program provides incentives and support to employers to develop, implement and continuously improve programs at their worksites. By taking these proactive measures, businesses can reduce accident costs and ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulations.

"Clasen Quality Chocolate is an emerging safety leader in the food manufacturing industry," said Todd Schultz, chief administrative officer for SCATS. "We're proud to partner with companies like CQC that put their employees first.”

SCATS consultants provide employers with confidential hazard identification, program development, implementation assistance and training. Employers who implement effective safety programs and have a days away restricted transfer (DART) rate below the national average for their industry may be recognized by SCATS. Successful SHARP participants may receive up to a three-year deferral from OSHA's general schedule inspections.