Electronic Systems Receives first OSHA Award for Safety

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Electronic Systems Inc. recently received a two-year certificate of recognition award for establishing and implementing an exemplary safety and health management system under the OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

The SHARP award is the first for Electronic Systems Inc., which is located in Sioux Falls. OSHA has recognized only two other firms in South Dakota.

To qualify for SHARP status, a company must:

  • Undergo complete and comprehensive safety and health audits;
  • Correct all hazards identified by the consultant;
  • Implement and maintain an exemplary safety and health management system; and
  • Record lower company lost-workday injury and illness rate and total recordable case rate below the national average.

“A SHARP inspection is a very rigorous activity for a company to undergo and Electronic Systems has made a very impressive effort to receive this recognition. It is particularly impressive to see how well Electronic Systems did in this application,” said Jon Puetz, program director for South Dakota State University’s Engineering Extension office, which administers the SHARP program under the OSHA-funded consultation program. The OSHA funding allows Engineering Extension to provide assistance to small private-sector businesses and help them comply with federal OSHA regulations without cost, fines or citations. “The work Electronic Systems Inc. does, and firms like it, pays off by building a stronger safety culture and a safer workplace for their employees and guests.”


Members of Electronic Systems Inc. proudly display their recent SHARP recognition. ESI’s Greg Adams, manufacturing manager; Gary Larson, president; Jeff Tornow, chief financial officer; and Marinela Buruiana, manufacturing engineer; join Jon Puetz, program director for South Dakota State University’s Engineering Extension office; in celebrating the recent honor.

About South Dakota State University

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from six different colleges representing more than 175 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 33 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.

The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through SDSU Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.



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