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Humantech Achieves Platinum Certification As a Sustainable Service Provider

Sustainable business practices have shifted from market differentiation to expectation

Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 07:28

(Humantech: Ann Arbor, MI) -- Humantech, experts in workplace improvement, has earned a platinum-level certification to NSF Protocol P391—“General Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Services and Service Providers” from NSF Sustainability, a division of global independent public-health organization NSF International. Humantech is the first ergonomics company to earn this certification.

Developed through NSF International’s National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS), the NSF P391 Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Services and Service Providers protocol was established through a consensus-based process that included input from an expert panel of service providers, suppliers, regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, and end-users. The NCSS has also developed sustainability standards through this consensus-based process for a wide range of product categories, including chemicals, commercial furnishings, flooring, building products and materials, and water treatment and distribution systems.

“Certification to NSF P391 provides a valuable framework for continual improvement with regards to sustainability,” says Tom Bruursema, general manager of NSF International’s sustainability programs. “After meeting all the prerequisites, such as having sound policies that guide ethics, human health and welfare, and general working conditions, Humantech has gone above and beyond the basic requirements of the standard to earn this rating. As innovation takes place and as Humantech finds new ways to implement sustainability principles, its certification will continue to improve its business practices and provide value to its customers through systematically reducing waste, energy, water, and other natural resource use.”

“Fortune 500 companies, which constitute the majority of our client base, are increasingly committed to sustainability and expect the same from their suppliers,” says James Good, president of Humantech. “In fact, 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies are members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and 88 of the Fortune 100 companies use the USGBC’s green building rating system. Sustainable business practices have shifted from market differentiation to expectation and this certification helps us demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and continuous improvement.”

Organizations can earn NSF P391 certification at the Conformant, Silver, Gold, or Platinum levels. Humantech initially earned Gold certification to NSP391 in August 2014 and just upgraded to Platinum level. “We liked the continuous improvement agenda of NSF certification because improving sustainability is an ongoing goal,” says Good. “The P391 standard provided excellent guidance in enabling us to upgrade our Gold-level certification to Platinum over a period of eight months. Even the Platinum level requires meeting ongoing improvement milestones set specifically for our organization.”

Once certified, service providers are authorized to use the NSF Sustainability Certified mark in their advertising and marketing, helping to quickly communicate their credibility as a sustainable services provider to government agencies and prospective customers. Monitoring and periodic reevaluation are required to maintain certification.


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Humantech was founded in 1979 with the single focus of improving the lives of the working population. Humantech’s approach has changed how organizations use the science of ergonomics to improve workplace performance. By combining experienced, board-certified ergonomists with proprietary assessment tools and comprehensive software, Humantech delivers integrated solutions that affect safety, quality, and productivity.