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JCHC Earns Workplace Safety Award

JCHC Earns Workplace Safety Award

FAIRBURY – JCHC earned the Star Level of the Nebraska Safety Council’s Workplace Safety Awards. This award was presented to employee safety director Sharon Vandegrift at the annual awards banquet on Oct. 20 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.

“I am proud of the hard work put in by Jefferson Community Health Center staff to continue our excellent safety record,” said Sharon Vandegrift RN, employee safety coordinator.

This program is designed for Nebraska Safety Council members which encourage and promote the prevention of occupational injuries and illness in the workplace. The award levels are: Spirit, Star and Peak Performance. JCHC earned the Peak Performance Award in 2010.

The awards are based on statistical data submitted with the application. The data submitted is compared to the Bureau of Labor Statistics national average incident rate for their industry. Training activities are evaluated for quantity, type and the average number of hours trained per employee. The committee reviews the most common injury or highest risk identified by the applicant and evaluates how that injury or risk is being addressed through the safety committee minutes and training documentation submitted.

Based on the above, each application receives a score which determines the award level. Awards are presented during the annual Nebraska Safety, Wellness & Environmental Conference Awards Luncheon.


Sharon Vandegrift RN (center), receives the Workplace Safety Award—Star Level—from Lt. Gov. Mike Foley and Nebraska Safety Council Executive Director Laurie Klosterboer.