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Herman Miller Receives Highest Safety and Health Award

FARMINGDALE, NY (01-28-07): Herman Miller's Spring Lake Facility has received Michigan's highest award for Safety and Health, citing EtQ as a main component to their success.

Herman Miller's, 171st Avenue filing and storage manufacturing facility within the company's Spring Lake campus received the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award today from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for workplace safety and health excellence. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG).

This is the most prestigious safety and health award given in Michigan. MIOSHA established the MVPP program in 1996 to recognize employers actively working toward achieving excellence in workplace safety and health. Since 1999, Michigan has recognized 19 MVPP Star companies.

"Herman Miller is an economic powerhouse that is helping to fuel Michigan's manufacturing recovery," said DLEG Director Robert W. Swanson. "Your exceptional leadership in safety, health and the environment sends a strong message that protecting workers makes good business sense."

Areas of excellence include:

  • Safety Audit System: The site General Manager, Site Safety Specialist, Work Team Leaders, and team members conduct audits (assessments) monthly and quarterly. Areas audited include Housekeeping, Fall Prevention, PPE, Fire Prevention, Chemical Use and storage, Machines, Energy Source Lockout, Industrial Vehicles, Electrical Safety, Communication, and Administrative Requirements. Checklists are used during the audit and when completed the information from the checklist is entered into the site's EtQ database. Queries can be made from the database for tracking performance by supervisor, department, and details such as proper use of PPE (safety glasses, etc). Annual evaluations are also conducted and the results are presented to General Managers, Corporate Directors and Operations Managers. Communication and Administrative Requirements as audited areas are true innovations.
  • Excellence Through Quality (EtQ) program: This is the site “corrective action preventive system” for reporting and tracking of hazards. The EtQ program was originally developed through ISO 9000 requirements. Quality personnel monitor for timeliness and completion of necessary corrections.

About Herman Miller

Herman Miller helps create great places to work, heal, learn, and live by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior solutions that support companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world. The company's award-winning products, complemented by furniture-management and strategic consulting services, generated $1.74 billion in revenue during fiscal 2006. The company trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol MLHR. For additional information visit

About EtQ

EtQ is the leading Quality, EHS, Operational Risk and Compliance management software provider for identifying, mitigating and preventing high-risk events through integration, automation and collaboration. At the core of EtQ’s framework is a compliance management platform that enables organizations to implement best-in-class compliance processes configured to meet their existing processes, create new compliance processes and automate and control their compliance ecosystem. EtQ’s product lineup includes Reliance™ for enterprise organizations and Verse Solutions™ for mid-sized businesses. EtQ was founded in 1992 and has main offices located in the U.S. and Europe. To learn more about EtQ and its various product offerings, visit or

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