DeKALB – Long-term care and services is one of the most highly-regulated fields in the nation. Ten years ago, DeKalb Area Retirement Center-Oak Crest leadership staff explored the possibility of entering SHARP (Safety Health Awareness and Recognition Program), a voluntary program offered through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. SHARP encourages communication and cooperation between businesses and the state to improve the overall safety policies, procedures and practices in an industry often plagued with health-related accidents and injuries. A multi-faceted process, the program, when successfully completed, results in certification as a SHARP community.
To keep OSHA/SHARP certification, a renewal process must be completed every three years. Oak Crest has once again received OSHA/SHARP recognition, one of 24 businesses in the state and the first and only continuing-care retirement community to receive this recognition.
The director of the Illinois OSHA On-site Consultation Program presented a certificate of completion to Oak Crest Executive Director Stephen Cichy, commending Oak Crest leaders and staff for “going the extra mile in making this one of the safest places to work.”
“Oak Crest is known for many things. Perhaps most importantly we are best known for our commitment to the people who live and work here,” Cichy said. “OSHA/SHARP certification confirms and supports this. Here at Oak Crest we put people’s safety and well-being above all else.”