Safety & Health Award for Public Employers (SHAPE)

Defer Scheduled Safety Inspections and Have Your Workplace Recognized for Excellence in Safety and Health Management

SHAPE Certified Employers

  • Auburn Water & Sewage District
  • Berwick Fire Department
  • Brooks Fire Department
  • Camden Fire Department
  • Cary Medical Center
  • City of Caribou (all departments)
  • City of Presque Isle (all departments)
  • Damariscotta Fire
  • DOT Region 3
  • Durham Fire Department
  • Farmingdale Fire Department
  • Farmington Fire & Rescue
  • Fort Fairfield Fire
  • Hampden Water District
  • Harrington Fire Department
  • Houlton Water Company
  • Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District
  • Kittery Water District
  • Mapleton Fire Department
  • Newcastle Fire Department
  • North Lakes Fire & Rescue (3 departments: Sinclair, Cross Lake, and Madawaska Lake)
  • Northern Penobscot Tec
  • Northport Volunteer Fire Department
  • Oakland Fire Department
  • Orono Fire Department
  • Paris Fire Department
  • Region Two School of Applied Technology
  • South Thomaston Fire
  • Town of Brunswick (all departments)
  • Town of Fairfield (all departments)
  • Town of Jay (all departments)
  • Town of Kennebunk (all departments)
  • United Technologies
  • University of Maine-Aroostook Farm
  • University of Maine-Blueberry Farm
  • Waldoboro Fire Department
  • Wilton Fire Department
  • York Water District

The Safety and Health Award for Public Employers (SHAPE) recognizes public sector employers who maintain an exemplary safety and health management system. Acceptance into SHAPE by the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards is an achievement that distinguishes your organization as a model for workplace safety and health. Upon receiving SHAPE recognition, your worksite will be exempt from programmed inspections during the period your SHAPE certification is valid.

To participate in SHAPE, you must:

  1. Request a consultation visit that involves a complete hazard identification survey;
  2. Involve employees in the consultation process;
  3. Correct all hazards identified by the consultant;
  4. Implement and maintain a safety and health management system that, at a minimum, addessess the Self-Assessment Form Guidelines;
  5. Lower your company's Lost Workday Injury and Illness Rate (LWDII) and Total Recordable Case Rate (TRCR) below the state average; and
  6. Agree to notify the Workplace Safety and Health Division prior to making any changes in the working conditions or introducing new hazards into the workplace.

SHAPE Certification and Inspection Exemption

After you satisfy all SHAPE requirements, the Workplace Safety & Health Division Supervisor may recommend your worksite for final SHAPE approval and certification. The Division will formally recognize your worksite at a SHAPE awards ceremony.

As a certified SHAPE site, you will be granted a one-year exemption from the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards scheduled inspections for the first year of your SHAPE participation. After one year of certification, you may request renewal for one or two years, provided that you:

  • Apply for renewal during the last quarter of the exemption period;
  • Allow a full-service, comprehensive visit to ensure that your exemplary safety and health management system has been effectively maintained or improved;
  • Continue to meet all eligiblity criteria and program requirements; and
  • Agree, if requesting a two-year renewal, to conduct an interim-year, self-evalualtion and submit a written report to the Workplace Safety and Health Division Consultation Supervisor that is based on the elements of the Self-Assessment Form Guidelines.

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Develop a self-sustaining health and safety management system and participate in SHAPE. It's a win-win proposition. For more information, contact SafetyWorks! toll-free at 1-877-SAFE-345 (1-877-7233-345). (e-mail: