KRCC employees presented high honor
By Kate Johnson
Knife River Care Center’s employees have been working towards something they didn’t know they were. Every day they made choices they didn’t realize they were making. These choices and efforts revolved around safety. It is their conscious effort that landed them with a Safety, Health, Achievement, Recognition, Program (SHARP) certification.
Al Koch works for the North Dakota OSHA consultation program based in Bismarck. The grant was given to Bismarck State College and it is there they help small businesses. Out of 85 nursing homes in the state, only five are SHARP certified. KRCC is the fifth to be granted that certification.
Koch presented KRCC with the award last week. During his speech, Koch commended the staff and administration with their long efforts and hard work over the years, making quality choices to ensure their future with SHARP.
Koch is one of four inspectors who travel the state, consulting businesses with high hazards. Koch explained that all nursing homes are considered to have high hazards.
“Nursing homes have a hard time getting into SHARP because of your injury rates jump up and down,” said Koch.
To qualify for SHARP, injury rates must stay under the state average. Koch said on his day-long visit he looks at their safety program, training, and employee/employer involvement, conducts a walk-through, and checks injury logs. He then writes up a package and ships it off to the regional office; it is there they give final approval. Koch noted that there are many eyes that look this package over.
Before handing over the award, Koch made sure to emphasize who was receiving this award.