Roasting plant wins award |

Roasting plant wins award

by Aurora Sain
Steve George presents a SHARP award to Starbucks representantive Bryan Barker Wednesday in Minden.
Brad Coman |

Safety is the biggest concern for the Minden Starbucks Roasting Plant, which is why they were awarded for their excellence.

They were the recipient of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The award is given to businesses that operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program and demonstrate workplace safety.

Thousands of businesses are eligible for the award in Nevada but the roasting plant is only the 39th business to get the award in the state.

OSHA representatives Steve George and John Lindgren presented the award to the Environmental Health and Safety Manager for the roasting plant, Bryan Barker.

“How unique is it that your business would try for this status,” said George. “The employees have to be fully invested and clearly you are.”

They got the award the first time they tried, which is impressive since it normally takes a few tries, said George.

The next award the roasting plant will try to receive is the Voluntary Protection Program, which focuses on hazard prevention and control.

It is a lengthier process compared to the SHARP award, and Barker is convinced his team can get it.

“This just validates all the hard work our partners are giving towards safety,” said Barker. “You guys are doing a great job.”