Pfizer Receives Michigan’s Highest Award for Workplace Safety and Health Excellence: Pfizer Inc received renewal of its MVPP Star Award, the state’s highest workplace safety and health award, at a formal ceremony last week from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its manufacturing operations in Kalamazoo County. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. MIOSHA established the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program 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. This is the most prestigious safety and health award given in Michigan. Pfizer Kalamazoo first received MVPP Star approval in March 2008. This is the company’s first renewal. The Kalamazoo manufacturing site is the largest in the Pfizer Global Supply network and employs approximately 2,100 workers. The MIOSHA review team consisted of Doug Kimmel, Team Leader and CET MVPP Specialist; Lee Jay Kueppers, CET Senior Safety Consultant; Micshall Patrick, CET Senior Safety Consultant; and Curtis Johnson, Senior Industrial Hygienist. The Pfizer incidence rate and lost work day rate are well below the National Bureau of Labor Statistics average for their NAICS code 325412 – Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing. The rates must be below the industry average to qualify for continued MVPP STAR status.

Dematic Earns ISO 9001 QMS Certifiation: Dematic, the Grand Rapids-based supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse, and distribution center, announced the renewal of its ISO 9001 Quality Management System certification. The scope of the certification includes solution design, manufacturing, installation, and service. In addition, the Dematic Salt Lake City, Utah manufacturing facility has extended their Quality Management System certification scope of solution design and manufacturing to also include installation and service. Dematic first obtained ISO 9001 QMS certification in 1996 and has met and/or exceeded requirements for certification renewal every year since. Dematic is unique among warehouse logistics systems providers to have earned this comprehensive ISO 9001 Quality Management System certification that includes solution design, manufacturing, installation, and service. ISO 9001 is a set of basic business principles written in a standard format for quality management systems that is accepted around the world. Currently, businesses in more than 100 countries have adopted the ISO 9001 international standard. The standard is intended for the Quality Management System assessments and registrations to ISO 9001. The standards apply uniformly to organizations of any size or description.


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