News Release - Magna Receives Ergonomic Innovation Award
North America program promotes increased employee health & safety
AURORA, Ontario, Canada, December 16, 2011 – Magna International Inc. announced it has received the Ergonomic Innovation Award today from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The award was presented at the Magna Mirrors facility in Newaygo, Michigan, which played an instrumental role as the lead inspection site for MIOSHA’s award review and assessment period.
Magna received the award for implementing a continuous-improvement ergonomics program across all of its North American facilities, including 14 Magna manufacturing facilities within the state of Michigan. The ergonomic improvements help employees work safely without exposure to awkward postures, excessive forces and harmful repetitive motion.
"It is a pleasure today to recognize Magna for your outstanding corporate commitment to protect your workers," said MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski, who presented the award to Magna leadership. “Magna is to be commended for their efforts to create a safe and healthy work environment at their Michigan facilities to reduce ergonomic hazards, protect workers and increase productivity.”
Magna has long demonstrated a strong commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment. It introduced its systematic Ergonomics Program across all North American facilities in 2007. The program includes five measureable categories: 1) support infrastructure, 2) analysis and prioritization, 3) implementation and risk reduction, 4) proactive ergonomics, and 5) metrics and communication. Each category has five to six criteria elements that outline the specific requirements of each plant, which includes an ergonomics committee with representatives from all levels of the manufacturing organization.
“Magna’s Ergonomics Program is a consistent, systematic and robust program to identify and help reduce ergonomic risk in our manufacturing facilities,” said Marc Neeb, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Magna International. “The program has unquestionably been positive for our organization and specifically our employees through benefits such as reduced injuries and increased productivity and quality.”
About Magna International
Magna is the most diversified global automotive supplier. Magna designs, develops and manufactures technologically advanced automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineers and assembles complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") of cars and light trucks. Magna’s capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; body and chassis systems; vision systems; electronic systems; exterior systems; powertrain systems; roof systems; hybrid and electric vehicles/systems; as well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly.
Magna has approximately 107,000 employees in 275 manufacturing operations and 85 product development, engineering and sales centres in 26 countries. More information on Magna can be found at www.magna.com.
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