Duracite Custom Countertops of Fairfield, CA, has been recognized by the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service for its innovative fabrication system, while implementing and maintaining an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). Golden Gate recognition was developed to provide motivation and support to employers who proactively work with their employees and the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service.
When Duracite designed the fabrication system, its employee safety was of
paramount concern. The system is unique in that it substantially reduces the
need for lifting and carrying, which is good for the employees and the product.
This, in combination with the company’s relentless safety training and
controls, impressed Cal-OSHA inspectors enough to award Duracite the coveted
Golden Gate achievement award.
“We are one of the few custom countertop fabricators in California to receive
this recognition,” said Fadi Halabi, company owner. “This Golden
Gate award speaks volumes about our employees because the
company’s safety record is a result of our employees’ dedication to best
Halabi adds that most Duracite employees have been with the company for more
than seven years, and there is no substitution for
Duracite also recently was one of the first shops in California to achieve the
Marble Institute of America (MIA) Accreditation. To become an Accredited
Natural Stone Fabricator by the MIA, a company must have successfully completed
three phases of application, including providing documents and references
assuring compliance with the 10 standards of MIA Accreditation; passing a
written test on fabrication, installation and safety; and a comprehensive site
visit, which includes a facility review, document review and one or more
installation site visits. Artisan Group members currently hold 16 of the 41 MIA
Accreditations nationwide and have set a goal to have 100% of Artisan Group
members accredited, which would make them the first stone association to do so.
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