Olon Industries, Inc., was honored once again Wednesday by the Indiana Safety and Health Recognition Program, also known as INSHARP, for its longstanding commitment to provide a safe and healthy workplace for its team of employees.

“Shortly after moving into this facility, we reached out to the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration and requested a voluntary inspection,” said Frank Guratzsch, Olon operations manager for the central region, adding that Olon’s Washington facility is one of five locations in North America. “That’s how we learned about INSafe.”

After learning about the INSafe program, Guratzsch said Olon established its health and safety committee to help follow the program guidelines.

“Our team developed a relationship with INSafe and after several follow-up consultations, and several improvements on our side, we first qualified for the Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program,” he said, adding at the time Olon had just moved into its current 100,000-square-foot facility.

That was 10 years ago. Now, Olon and its over five dozen employees have earned the same recognition again.

“We challenged ourselves to maintain that INSHARP status and use it as a base to continuously improve our safety culture,” said Guratzsch who was joined by other Olon leaders including Stuart Gilt and Greg Stoner as well as Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble, Washington Mayor Joe Wellman, Daviess County Economic Development Executive Director Bryant Niehoff and the team of Olon employees for the celebration. “We continue to strive for zero accidents with the help of the INSafe team and the INSHARP guidelines.”

Ruble said the commitment Olon has made is clear.

“You have a management team that is committed to safety,” said Ruble. “Earning this the first time is a big deal and now you’ve proven over and over again that you can do it.”

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