Milltech Inc. Receives SHARP Award

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that Milltech Inc., a millwork producer and in Aurora, Colo., has received OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award. The company, which also installs designer glass inserts in exterior door units, sidelights, and transom entry units for customers, now joins the 29 companies in Colorado and approximately 800 companies in the United States that have achieved SHARP.

Milltech specializes in the manufacture and installation of all millwork products. Currently, the company employs 15 field workers and approximately 60 workers in manufacturing.

Under the direction and guidance of Frank Rolfes, general management team and Renaldo Zeigler, safety coordinator, Milltech has implemented proactive measures in an effort to reduce injuries and illnesses. These measures include an active safety committee, daily stretching exercises, random drug testing and an open door policy for employees to discuss new safety topics each month or as necessary. Milltech has installed red florescent lights in the ceiling to indicate where each fire extinguisher is located and installed an intrinsically safe dust collection system.

According to Greg Gress, safety consultant with OSHA's Consultation Program at Colorado State University, Milltech is well on their way of sustaining an exemplary safety culture.

Additionally, Milltech has successfully participated in a comprehensive safety and health onsite consultation survey conducted by the Consultation Program at Colorado State University and no hazards were identified. Due to these efforts, the Colorado Consultation Program nominated Milltech Inc. for SHARP recognition.

For this accomplishment and recognition, Milltech will be removed from OSHA's Programmed Inspection list from May 2006 through May 2007. This exemption recognizes that an effective safety and health program is in place and that their occupational injuries and illnesses are below the national levels.

MillTech Inc is the only production millwork and door company in the state of Colorado to receive the SHARP designation, Gress said. Milltech employees were presented with the SHARP award in a presentation on July 7, 2006.

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