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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Christiansburg Public Works Waste Water Treatment Facility receives prestigious safety award

A Town employee wearing a hard hat and Public Works vest.

On April 21, 2020, the Town of Christiansburg became the first locality in Virginia to have a facility receive a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Worksite status from the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH).

The Christiansburg Public Works Waste Water Treatment Facility (WWTF) exemplified an outstanding commitment to safety and became the first public sector facility to achieve this recognition in the state. The Public Works Operations Center is soon to follow as it is already in Pre-SHARP standing.

SHARP recognizes employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system in the workplace. The program encourages small, high-hazard employers to develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system. SHARP Worksite status is given only after rounds of thorough site and safety record inspections by OSHA and VOSH consultation division inspectors. After program requirements are met, the facility reports are sent to the Commissioner of OSHA for final approval. Being the first in Virginia, the SHARP Worksite status is an achievement that sets Christiansburg’s WWTF as a model for worksite safety and health.

Christiansburg’s WWTF was established in 1980 and operates seven days a week, 365 days per year treating approximately three million gallons per day with a capacity to treat up to six million gallons per day. Staff is responsible for ensuring that the wastewater treatment process is performed in compliance with all applicable requirements set by EPA, DEQ and OSHA, before releasing water back into the environment.

“I truly feel that this is a great accomplishment and illustrates the dedication and focus the Public Works staff has in regards to the safety and health of their team members and their environment,” said Christiansburg Public Works Director Jim Lancianese.