By Samantha Davenport
Holly and Mark Hylen have taken their passion and turned it into Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services, a single-source provider of medical, clinical, safety and training services that employs 250 people across Alaska.
Holly Hylen is the founder and president of Beacon Occupational Health. Her husband, Mark, is the vice president. Beacon was founded in 1999 and has been an Associated General Contractors of Alaska member since 2001.
“Throughout the years, it’s just continued to grow and expand,” Mark Hylen said.
Mark Hylen says Beacon has three primary lines of service: medical, safety and training. The company works with employers on a variety of compliance-related health and safety needs.
One of Beacon’s services is to run on-site clinics for workers in remote locations that do not have access to medical care. Additionally, Beacon offers clinical services (occupational health and drug and alcohol testing); safety consulting/staffing; medical training, from first-aid CPR to Emergency Medical Technician III; and safety training, much of which is related to federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements.
“We constantly provide our clients with education about potential regulatory changes or trends in the industry so employers can maintain compliance and make changes to their current requirements that best meet their company needs,” Mark Hylen said.
He added that being an AGC member allows his team opportunities to educate members and to have members share with Beacon what their needs are. That way, Beacon can better cater to members’ needs.
“Being an AGC member is extremely beneficial to Beacon in our interaction with many contractors that are members, because we do support many of them with our drug testing, with our occupational health, with our safety and our training support. We are lucky to work with so many different employers throughout the state,” he said.
One of the many clients that Beacon works with is Colaska Inc., a construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure company in Alaska. Karen Zemba, human resources manager at Colaska, said Beacon understands customer needs and stays ahead of the curve.
“Beacon and I go way back — back to the days when they were just a drop in a puddle, just starting out, trying to make their mark in an already saturated market,” Zemba said. “Beacon has the best ‘can do’ attitude I have come across.”
Zemba said she has used Beacon in one way or another at several companies, including for drug testing, physicals, wellness clinics and more. What made her keep coming back was Beacon’s customer service.
“Need a drug test after hours or in a remote village? They somehow manage to make it happen,” Zemba said. “They have even flown a physical therapist out to remote sites to conduct functional capacity testing. If I need a specific class on a specific date, they make it happen. I just can’t say enough about Beacon. They have become that shining star that other companies strive to reach.”
Beacon also offers programs for employers in the Arctic, which has its own unique occupational safety and health concerns.
Amanda Johnson, vice president of medical and training services, has been at Beacon for eight years
and oversees Beacon Occupational Health’s remote medical, clinical services and training divisions.
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Amanda Johnson, Beacon’s vice president of medical and training services, has been at the company for eight years. Johnson oversees Beacon’s remote medical division, which consists of eight clinics on the North Slope, year-round for companies such as BP and Exxon.
“We offer (North Slope Training Cooperative) training to contractors across the state of Alaska every day (at our Anchorage office) as well as have an expanded training facility in Kenai for our (Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting) training and then do a lot of on-site training both on the North Slope and across Alaska for our clients, anywhere from safety, industrial to medical training,” Johnson said.
Beacon offers drug and alcohol testing, safety consulting and training in locations across Alaska.
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Beacon has even outgrown its Alaska base and has moved to offer services in the Lower 48. Johnson said Beacon is in the Lower 48 due to organic growth with their clients.
“I think that that is one thing that is really important about Beacon, is our scalability, to meet all of those health, safety and training initiatives,” Johnson said.
The company has locations in Anchorage, Kenai, Deadhorse and Fairbanks.
Samantha Davenport is a freelance writer living in Anchorage.