Foundation donates $35,000 to the Rescue Mission of Roanoke's Clubhouse reading programs; County proclaims "R.R. Donnelley Day."
CHICAGO, June 30, 2002 - Creating a truly safe workplace, sustainable year after year, is a high priority for R.R. Donnelley. This dedication to achieving the highest performance standards is being recognized by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program (VOSH) through its certification of the company's Roanoke manufacturing plant as a Virginia Voluntary Protection Program (VVPP) STAR site. The facility is the sixteenth site in Virginia to receive the award and the only printing facility in the region to do so. The Department of Labor and Industry (through VOSH) administers the state's Occupational Safety and Health Program (OSHA). An award ceremony will be held today at the facility.
The VVPP STAR program recognizes manufacturing plants in all industries that go beyond state and federal safety and health requirements. This recommendation was made after rigorous assessment of the site - the assessment is required every three to five years for all VVPP STAR sites.
A VVPP 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 industry classification, and extensive management systems and employee participation in the health and safety program.
"These outstanding achievements in safety and health come only through the dedication and hard work of all, both management and employees. R.R. Donnelley is setting a standard of excellence that is second to none," noted C. Ray Davenport, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner.
"This award is a tribute to our company's commitment to create a safer, healthier, and better place in which to work. An accomplishment such as this requires the involvement and commitment of everyone in the organization and I thank all of our employees for their dedication to our safety culture," said Donal Robb, vice president and division director, R.R. Donnelley.
The R.R. Donnelley Roanoke plant, which specializes in printing books, received a resolution of congratulations from the County of Roanoke Board of Supervisors in recognition of the VVPP STAR site achievement. The board also proclaimed June 24, 2002, as "R.R. Donnelley Day" in Roanoke County. In addition, William L. Davis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of R.R. Donnelley, will present the inaugural Chairman's EH&S Award to the Roanoke team. The new annual award is based on five criteria, including pollution prevention; injury reduction and workplace safety; employee engagement; management systems and training.
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 on and off the job. During today's celebration, the R.R. Donnelley Foundation will donate $35,000 to the Rescue Mission of Roanoke. This gift will support the "Clubhouse" located in the new Women and Children's building. It will be a ready-to-read resource center, library, and family reading area designed to serve high-risk preschool homeless children and their parents.
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