St. Clair celebrates safety

Winery recognized as accident-free business

By The Deming Headlight Staff- March 14, 2016


Pictured from left to right: CFO Brandon Young, Plant Manager Macaryo Argott, OSHA Safety Consultant Mike Gonzales, OSHA Consultation Manager Lisa Spahr, CEO Florent Lescombes, Safety Coordinator Robin Lee, Quality Control Manager Ziedney Valenzona.

DEMING – St. Clair Winery is a safe place to work, according to its administrative staff and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This high standard of attendance to health and safety issues is being fully recognized, something that other businesses may want to make note of. What makes this business so special is that they have done everything in their power to ensure that their employees are working in a safe environment. Through incorporating specific types of ladders, from somewhere like Platforms and Ladders ( to help reach items that may be out of reach, to implementing the relevant health and safety guidelines, they are the epitome of a safe business. This is why they should get noticed by the wider community.

The winery, a local product of Southwest Wines Inc., was awarded and recognized on Wednesday in an induction ceremony commemorating participation in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) through OSHA. Many companies strive to reach this same level of safety, with First Aid Safety Signage and other means to help keep their employees safe implemented throughout the work zone. However, very few manage to get to the same point that St. Clair Winery manages to achieve, with their careful adherence to health and safety standards keeping them all well and able. In areas that handle food and drink, safety measures must be to high standards, which also includes the storage of the relevant chemicals in places such as this. Knowing how should chemicals be stored in food premises is extremely important and must be understood by all those who work within the company, it can prevent contamination and other related problems.


“We are very proud of the accomplishment they (St. Clair) have made toward being a SHARP certified employer,” said Lisa Spahr, OSHA consultation manager. “They are one of eight SHARP employers in New Mexico.” This standard is very hard to achieve, as many companies are unable to retain such stringent levels of safety regulation and procedure. Being one of the few named in the region is a well-deserved accolade for this company in particular. Read more here.

View the ceremony here!