Tecton Products LLC of Fargo, N.D., has announced that it has
earned North Dakota's first OSHA Safety and Health Achievement
Recognition Program (SHARP) designation. This achievement recognizes
companies who demonstrate an exemplary safety and health management
"This is an outstanding accomplishment for Tecton Products,"
Governor John Hoeven said. "In completing the SHARP designation
process, Tecton Products has proven their dedication to the health
and safety of their employees."
Tecton began the voluntary process with a comprehensive site
audit conducted by North Dakota's Occupational Safety and Health
"Tecton Products has a top quality safety program. They have
met all OSHA requirements, have maintained a low injury rate,
are committed to safety throughout all levels of the company,
have written safety programs, and have passed an in-depth health
and safety audit," said Al Koch, the consultation program
manager and works with companies in North Dakota whose industries
typically have high hazards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program reviewed
Tecton's total injury rates and time away from work records for
the last three years, and Tecton was below the national average
for its industry.
To qualify for SHARP, companies must undergo a comprehensive
audit, correct all identified hazards, demonstrate that effective
safety and health programs are in place, and maintain injury rates
below the national average for their industry for the last three
Tecton operates a manufacturing facility that operates 24 hours
a day and 7 days per week. It has gone two years without having
an injury that required time away from work.
"Achieving SHARP status is due to all of our associates
working hard and making safety a priority. Our behavior based
safety program has all of us looking out for each other,"
says John Jambois, president of Tecton Products.
"Safety is a part of our culture. It comes from attitude
and actions. Our associates begin safety training on their first
day. The process never stops," explains Tom Gohdes, director