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Employees from Butte-based environmental consulting firm TREC Inc. are pictured Thursday after being awarded a Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program award from the state and U.S. Departments of Labor. From left, back row: Andrew Schell, Daniel Cass, Rusty Christensen, Garrett Craig, and Caleb Arbaugh. Middle row: Alisa Cass, Alice Drew-Davies, Nicole Santifer, and Janelle Garza. Front row: Shyla Allred and Michael Picker.

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Butte-based TREC Inc. now joins the ranks of three other Montana companies in the area of workplace safety.

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry announced Thursday that the TREC, an environmental consulting firm, has been recognized with a Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program award from the U.S. Department of Labor.

According to a news release, TREC is the third Montana Company to receive SHARP status since 2009.

“By earning SHARP award status, TREC Inc. has shown that when businesses make workplace safety a priority, people take notice,” said Labor & Industry Commissioner Galen Hollenbaugh in the news release. “When Montana’s workforce goes home safely after their shifts end, everyone benefits.”

Matt Yovich, senior principal at the company, says the company got its start in 1998 when he and two other business partners launched the enterprise.

Yovich said TREC is part of the “reclamation economy,” providing reclamation cleanup and resource development for clients, helping them with tasks such as navigating the environmental permitting process and finding ways to minimize their environmental impacts.

“If you build that into the plan from the beginning, it makes it better and easier all around,” said Yovich of the work the company does with clients.

As for the SHARP award, Yovich said workplace safety is necessary for creating a healthy work environment.

“It’s primarily about the employees and sending them home in one piece to the people they love,” said Yovich.

Nicole Santifer, health and safety manager at TREC, agreed.

“We really have all striven to be leaders in safety,” said Santifer.

SHARP recognizes small business employers who have used the state’s free on-site safety consultation service and operate an exemplary injury- and illness-prevention program.

Those that receive the recognition are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections for up to two years and subsequent renewal for three years.

To receive the award, TREC participated in on-site visits to identify and correct workplace hazards. The business also received the highest marks possible on the evaluation of their safety and health management system in addition to having worked over 400,000 hours with no time lost to injuries.

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