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The Indiana Department of Labor has announced that National Office Furniture’s Santa Claus facility has achieved re-certification in the Indiana Voluntary Protection Program as a “STAR” site.

Indiana VPP sites are recognized as leaders in workplace safety and health and commended for their success in proactively protecting Hoosier workers.

In a news release, Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble says VPP certification is an achievement that does not come easy and requires the hard work and diligence of both management and employees. Ruble says the department of labor congratulates and is pleased to continue it’s partnership with National Office for worker safety and health excellence.

To participate in VPP, a company must develop, implement and maintain an exemplary worker safety and health management system and complete a comprehensive workplace safety and health audit conducted by department of labor staff and safety professionals from a pool of Special Government Employees. Additionally, the site’s workplace injury and illness rates must be below the national industry average for its respective industry. Worker injury and illness rates at National Office Furniture’s Santa Claus location are more than 60 percent below the national industry average. To date, 75 Indiana workplaces have achieved VPP certification—with 73 of these sites achieving “STAR” certification.

Employing over 300 workers, National Office Furniture manufactures wood laminate and veneer office furniture in Santa Claus. Last year, over 323,000 articles of furniture were manufactured at the location. National Office Furniture is also a member of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program.

The work site has not had lost a work day case so far this year.

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