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Northport First Responders receives SHAPE Award for safety

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 Members of Northport EMS receive their SHAPE award. Members of Northport EMS receive their SHAPE award. Photo by Vicki Eugley

AUGUSTACommissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced on Jan. 25, 2016, that Northport First Responders has earned the Safety and Health Award for Public Employers (SHAPE). Northport is the first single-entity first responder to receive the award in Maine.

SHAPE recognizes public-sector organizations that voluntary undertake a rigorous safety achievement program for their workers; Monday's award brings the total number of SHAPE certified worksites in Maine to 65.

'We congratulate Northport First Responders for becoming SHAPE certified,' Governor Paul R. LePage said. 'They know that keeping their people safe is not only good for the citizens of Maine, but also good for their communities and their taxpayers. Better safety means less lost time due to injury and illness as well as lower workers' comp costs.'

The SHAPE award was conceived in 2005 as a way to recognize public-sector employers and employees who are striving to provide a safe and healthful workplace. It is given only to exemplary public-sector employers after a thorough review and inspection of the employer's safety and health policies and procedures by a SafetyWorks! consultant.

Any state, county, municipal or other public-sector employers interested in learning more about the SHAPE designation should contact SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) SafetyWorks! provides a trained consultant with industry-specific expertise who will review the facility by appointment. The consultation may include such elements as recognizing safety hazards, sampling for air and noise exposures, recommending ways to reduce or to eliminate hazards, developing or improving a safety program, complying with regulations and identifying training needs.

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