When it comes to owning and operating a business there are countless challenges and requirements those in charge must take into account, from ensuring employee safety to navigating strict state standards. Craig Safety Group has offered support solutions and educational courses to help local business owners navigate these hurdles since 2013, and they’re looking to expand upon their success with their new facility in Turlock.

“Safety never sleeps,” said Craig Safety Group co-owner Charlie Craig, who operates the business alongside his wife, Rosie Craig. “Often times, businesses large and small don’t really think about the challenges when it comes to employee safety, risk management or regulatory compliance issues. We focus on the business’ needs and wherever that is, we try and put our resources.”

Craig Safety Group serves as a multi-state, multidiscipline resource for some of the most complex business issues, from manufacturing and construction companies to municipalities and agriculture. The staff specializes in training, consultation, compliance, industrial, hygiene, project management and support services.

The company began as limited liability company nearly seven years ago, and last week opened the doors to their first brick and mortar location in Turlock right off South Tegner Road — a 5,000-square foot facility where the company can now host seminars and classes on a larger scale. Prior to this, many local companies would travel to other areas to attend similar training sessions, Craig said.

“We just decided that there was a need here that we thought we could help fill,” Craig said. “By offering these courses, bilingual lessons and a variety of different classes, we hope to get a relationship with the community so that they don’t have to drive to the Bay Area or fly over to another state.”

Examples of the services offered by Craig Safety Group include CPR and First Aid training, safety seminars on topics like confined space entry, fall protection, electrical and evacuation, equipment training, on-site safety visits and training for cleanout jobs for equipment such as loadout tanks and silo cleanouts.

Most recently, the company hosted a day-long fall protection training, which covered the CAL Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s fall protection standards and provided an overview of fall protection methods. In the coming weeks and months, Craig Safety Group will also host trainings on rigging and hoisting, records keeping and even what to do in the event of an active shooter in the workplace. Another upcoming seminar will train business owners on how to ensure their employees properly clean up any messes left behind by transients at business sites — a growing problem throughout the state.

Many of these issues are vital to operating a business, Craig said, but many are unprepared to tackle them. That’s where he hopes Craig Safety Group can step in.

“I think a lot of times people don’t realize the number of businesses here, the services they provide and the complexity of those services,” he said. 

Craig Safety Group

Type of business: Business support solutions and services

Location: 3213 Liberty Square Parkway, Turlock

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; or as needed

Contact information: 209-648-0295; craigsafetygroup@gmail.com

Specialty: Health, safety, environmental and risk management courses