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Kathy Jo Boerma

Kathy Jo Boerma PhotoKathy Jo Boerma
IndustryOffice furniture systems
TitleEnvironmental Compliance, Health and Safety Manager
ExpertiseEnvironmental health and safety; Advanced Certificates: Associate Safety Professional (ASP), State of Michigan, Dept. of Environmental Quality Stormwater Certified; Lead Auditor, ISO 14001, RAB, July 2003; Lead Auditor, ISO 9001:2000, RAB, Aug. 2003; American Red Cross Instructor-CPR/AED/First Aid
Current OrganizationKnoll Inc.
Type of OrganizationManufacturing
Major ProductOffice furniture systems
Area of DistributionInternational
University/DegreeB.S., Industrial/Environmental Health Systems Management Program, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, 1992
BornMay 14, 1962, Lakeview, Michigan
Honors & AwardsNational Safety Council Awards: Certificate of Merit, 2003; Significant Improvement, 2003
Published WorksPublic speaking: Sunrise Series, hosted by the Right Place Program, Topic-Implementing Environmental and Energy Management, "Strategies for Success", 2/18/03, Grand Rapids, MI; Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality, "Walking the EMS Path" Workshop, 10/16/01, Kalamazoo, MI; Annual Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership Workshop, "Setting Up and Maintaining a Recycle Program", 8/10/01, Jackson, MI
AffiliationsWest Michigan Air and Waste Management Association; Business and Industry Furniture Manufacturers Association; American Red Cross, National Safety Council
Hobbies & SportsCanoeing, swimming, biking, hiking, traveling, gardening, snowmobiling, kickboxing
Career AccomplishmentsKnoll Inc.-ISO 14001 Registered with the CGSB (Canadian General Standards Board); Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partner; Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen; ASP Certification (Associate Safety Professional); FMA Safety Award (Fabricators and Manufacturers Association) 1999; West Michigan Safety Council Award-Excellence Achievement Award 2001
Work History1992 Internship-Michigan Wheel Corp., Grand Rapids, MI-Safety Manager, zinc, aluminum, bronze propeller sand molding; 1993-Knoll Inc., Grand Rapids and Muskegon, MI-Safety Consulting, Office Furniture Systems, rollforming, woodworking, welding, wet paint, powdercoating; 1994-MacDonald's Industrial Products, Grand Rapids, MI-Safety Manager, zinc/aluminum diecasting, plastic injection mold, chrome plating, buff and polish, wet paint, automotive; 1996 to present-Knoll Inc., Grand Rapids, MI-EHS Manager (Environmental, Health and Safety), rollforming, woodworking, powdercoating, gypsum forming; Knoll Programs: First Aid Responders, AED Program (Automatic External Defibrillator), Customized Safety Poster Program, Safety Observer Team, Customized Safety Incentive Program, Computer Interactive Environmental, Health and Safety Training; Incident rate 1995: 25.5% - 2000: 4.69%, 2001: 4.11%
ChildrenBenjamen Albert Sharp, born May 24, 1983
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