SC Johnson of Bay City Receives MIOSHA Ergonomic Innovation Award

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JULY 12, 2005 - SC Johnson's Bay City Operations received the Ergonomic Innovation Award today from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA ). The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG).

"SC Johnson is one of Bay City's premiere corporate citizens. It gives me great pleasure to recognize their ergonomic achievements," said DLEG Director David C. Hollister. "SC Johnson has initiated ergonomic best practices at their Bay City plants to help further protect their workers-which in turn helped increase their productivity."

MIOSHA Deputy Director Martha Yoder presented the award to Joe Liefbroer, Bay City Site Manager; Judy Woodham, SC Johnson Safety, Health and Environment Manager; Pat Hoist, SC Johnson Ergonomics Committee Chair; and the SC Johnson Ergonomics Committee. SC Johnson corporate officials were on hand to congratulate the Bay City employees, including: Bill Schiller, Vice President - North America Product Supply and Tim Woods, Director - Home Storage Manufacturing.

"We're pleased to receive this award for the SC Johnson Bay City site," said Joe Liefbroer, SC Johnson Bay City Site Manager. "We recognize that every great innovation, every marketplace success and every effort to create value depends on the people who work here. This is why protecting the health, safety and well-being of our employees is a top priority for us, and we are continually committed to providing them with a great place to work."

The Ergonomic Innovation Award is issued to employers for creative and effective ideas that have been implemented to reduce worker strain. Ergonomic improvements help employees work safely without needing to over-lift, over-reach, sit or stand too long, or use awkward postures. 

"Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are the most prevalent and one of the most expensive occupational health concerns in the nation," said Yoder. "Companies like SC Johnson are on the cutting edge of implementing safety and health management systems that effectively address ergonomic hazards in the workplace."

SC Johnson operates five plants and one research facility in Bay City. They employ approximately 460 workers, and operate their plants 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Products produced at Bay City include Saran Wrap, and Ziploc® brand bags.

An Ergonomics Program was established at SC Johnson - Bay City to help effectively minimize and work toward eliminating work-related musculoskeletal disorders and hazards. The key elements are management leadership and employee participation to identify and further reduce hazards, and to provide ongoing training, and medical management and evaluation.

An Ergonomics Committee was formed in 2003 to help address ergonomic concerns, and to educate and raise awareness to prevent accidents from occurring. They have been instrumental in providing training on ergonomic issues.  Ergonomic improvements that have been implemented in a specific plant may be applicable in other Bay City plants. Sharing of "Best Practices" is beneficial to all plants. 

Some of the ergonomic improvements include:

  • Emphasis and education on the "right tool for the job,"
  • Sit/Stand chairs,
  • Platforms to make access easier,
  • Relocation of controls,
  • Ergonomic analysis prior to installation of new equipment,
  • Lift equipment (carts, tables, hoists), and
  • Stretching and exercise programs.

SC Johnson ( is a family-owned and -managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, personal care and insect control. It markets such well-known brands as EDGE®, GLADE®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, ECHO®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, and MR. MUSCLE®. The 119-year old company, with more than $6.5 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in more than 110 countries.