CHICAGO, October 26, 2001--Achieving the highest performance standards and creating a truly safe workplace, sustainable year after year, is a high priority for R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company [NYSE:DNY]. This stringent dedication paid off once again as the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) made its recommendation that the company's Senatobia, Miss., manufacturing plant continue as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR site. It was the first printing plant in the United States to be awarded STAR status, OSHA's highest honor, in 1998. It was also named a "Best of the Best" Workplace in the graphic arts industry by the Printing Industries of America, Inc. An award ceremony will be held today at the facility in Senatobia.
The VPP STAR program recognizes manufacturing plants in all industries for their commitment to state and federal safety guidelines. This recommendation was made after rigorous assessment of the site -- the assessment is required every three to five years for all VPP STAR sites.
A VPP STAR site is one that has exceptionally successful safety and health programs, a three-year injury and lost workday case rate below the national average for the printing industry, and extensive management systems and employee participation in the health and safety program.
"My team spent a full week on-site reviewing the facility's safety and health programs and documentation, interviewing employees, managers and contractors, and conducting an inspection of the entire facility," said Clyde Payne, area director of OSHA. "Our final report documents the R.R. Donnelley Senatobia plant's low accident rate, high levels of management and employee involvement in safety, and the exceptional health and safety programs in place."
"I thank each and every employee and management team member in Senatobia for pursuing excellence and leading our industry in a passionate and diligent commitment to safety," said Charles Utley, vice president and division director. "As a result of everyone's hard work, the OSHA team was left with a favorable impression of the level of detail, document organization, and participation by our employees."
R.R. Donnelley is committed to leading the industry in safety. After an OSHA assessment in September, its Roanoke, Virginia, plant was also named a VPP STAR site.
The R.R. Donnelley Senatobia plant, which specializes in printing short-run (quantities from 10,000 to 50,000) consumer, business and trade magazines, also received the highest level of recognition given to participants in the 2001 Best Workplace in America competition. In September, a team of expert judges selected the plant as a "Best of the Best" Workplace in the graphic arts industry based on criteria including work environment and culture; training and development; financial security; personal/work-life balance; recognition and rewards; and health and well-being programs. The plant also received the distinction in the 2000 competition.
Just as it invests in its employees' training and development, R.R. Donnelley invests in the communities where they live, to better align the quality of life both on and off the job. During today's celebration, the R.R. Donnelley Foundation will support the leaders of tomorrow through a $5,000 donation to the First Regional Library's "Born to Read" program in Tate County, Miss. The donation will enable the program to purchase 400 packets of motivational information to encourage new mothers to read to their children. Another $5,000 donation will be presented to the Senatobia Municipal School District to purchase library books as part of its Accelerated Reader Program.
R.R. Donnelley (www.rrdonnelley.com) is revolutionizing communications effectiveness by providing comprehensive and integrated communications services. These include premedia, digital photography, content management, printing, Internet consulting and logistics. The company's full range of solutions help publishers and merchandisers, as well as telecommunications, financial and healthcare companies, deliver effective and targeted communications in the right format to the right audience at the right time. It serves customers in North America, South America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific Basin.
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