Marathon Pipe Line, LLC in Woodhaven was recently awarded the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program Star Award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“It is a pleasure to recognize Marathon Pipe Line, Woodhaven Station, for creating a company culture that promotes excellence in workplace safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Implementing best practices for increased worker safety can have a significant positive impact on a company’s bottom line and exemplifies a true commitment among management and staff at this facility.”
Nella Davis-Ray, MIOSHA’s consultation education and training director, presented the plaque and flag to Northeast Area Manager Ray Price, who accepted it on behalf of all employees.
MIOSHA established the protection program in 1996 to recognize employers with exemplary safety and health systems. To be eligible for the star award, an applicant must demonstrate that the injury and illness incidence rates for each of the last three complete calendar years are below the rates published for their respective North American Industrial Classification System code.
The protection program assists employers and employees by providing a mechanism and a set of criteria designed to evaluate and recognize outstanding safety and health management systems. The program is designed to establish a cooperative relationship between management, labor, and MIOSHA. Protection program participants implement safety and health management systems that provide protections beyond what is required by MIOSHA standards.
As the most prestigious safety and health award given in Michigan, Marathon becomes one of only 27 companies in the state with voluntary protection star status.
The Woodhaven station is a process safety management regulated liquefied petroleum gas storage and loading facility with butane and propane underground caverns that are used for storage.
A best practice recognized by MIOSHA is Marathon’s contractor website that includes newsletters, safety equipment recall notices, Marathon safety standards, safety bulletins, links to annual training requirements, and requirements for maintaining contractor/subcontractor status.
“Marathon Pipe Line LLC’s Northeast Area is proud of this achievement and would like to thank MIOSHA for its support and recognition,” said Price. “We will continue to show our commitment to providing an injury-free workplace where everyone feels accountable for personal and process safety. The journey to achieving star status has been a valuable and rewarding effort.”
Source: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs