Lippert’s Plant 50 earns VPP merit certification

Lippert’s RV furniture and mattress production facility has been awarded with a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) merit certification from with the Indiana Department of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSHA). The company’s Plant 50 facility has been awarded the certification through until 2022 – it is part of a partnership with IOSHA to promote health and safety programs in manufacturing and other industries. Recognition as a VPP Merit Site is referred to as “a testament to sustained excellence in all areas of your safety and health management system.”

The plant has demonstrated, with its more than 500 team members, that its efforts towards team member engagement, management commitment to a safe working environment, hazard control and prevention, and employee training programs are truly world-class.

In order to maintain VPP certification and status as a Merit Site, Plant 50 must submit annual safety and health management system evaluations to IOSHA. Management commitment to the program is essential, and conscious efforts to preserve a safe and healthy work environment is required by all – making maintaining the certification a collective process.

Ryan Smith, group president of Lippert North America, said: “I’m very proud of Plant 50 for the collaborative work they’ve done to make this happen. At Plant 50 and Lippert as a whole, we constantly strive to be a team that prioritizes creating and maintaining safe, productive, and synergetic work environments while concurrently improving health and safety performances and programs for the betterment of everyone involved.”

Lippert vice president of Environmental Health and Safety, Erick Click, said: “The IOSHA Merit Site status is the product of a commitment to a safe working environment and a culture of caring. Our wholistic approach to workplace safety underscores that we can continue to use business as a force for good, and we would encourage others to do the same.”