Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
October 27, 2011 - Herman Miller, Inc.'s Greenhouse Seating Operations and the Zeeland Main Site Operations both recently received renewal of their MVPP Star Award, the state's highest and most prestigious workplace safety and health award, from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
"Herman Miller should be commended for its exemplary corporate commitment to workplace safety and health," said MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski. "They have created a corporate culture where workplace safety and health is a top priority. This company recognizes that a safe workplace provides the foundation for a productive workplace."
MIOSHA established the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) program in 1996 to recognize employers actively working toward achieving excellence in workplace safety and health. Since 1999, Michigan has recognized 27 MVPP Star companies. Herman Miller's Greenhouse Seating Operations first received MVPP Star approval on October 3, 2005, and was recertified in 2008. Their Zeeland Main Site Operations first received MVPP Star approval on July 17th, 2008, and both sites received renewals of the award on August 3, 2011.
The recertification of the MIOSHA Star Award is an excellent reflection of Herman Miller's commitment to environmental, health and safety excellence and of the 1,500-plus employees at the Greenhouse and Main Site Operations who helped make it possible.
Herman Miller is confident that together with their employees they will continue to drive their environmental, health and safety programs (EHS) toward obtaining the ultimate 2020 goal of ZERO work-related injuries.
Herman Miller's corporate mission is to create great places to work. A key element of this is to create a safe, healthy and productive work environment for its own employees. Herman Miller employees participate in the EHS programs through EHS teams, monthly training, safety activities, events and initiatives, self-inspections/audits, and ergonomics.
Areas of excellence include:
Examples of Herman Miller employee engagement include:
Herman Miller strongly believes in creating a healthy and health-positive workplace. The health and well-being of the community is an essential goal for all Herman Miller employees, and an integral part of their aspiration to create a better world. As a company committed to ergonomic design, their goal is to make every employee and every customer comfortable, safe, and productive at work by applying these principles: fit the user; fit the task; and allow for posture change and activity variety.
Herman Miller works for a better world with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. Its curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.6 billion in revenue in fiscal 2011. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. In 2011, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was also cited by FORTUNE as the "Most Admired" company in the contract furniture industry. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR. For additional information, visit www.hermanmiller.com .
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