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First-ever Lansing company to be awarded MIOSHA's highest recognition

Posted at 11:15 AM, Sep 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-08 11:16:03-04

LANSING, Mich. — Marathon Petroleum’s Lansing Terminal and Fleet facility is the first company in the Capital city to receive the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for workplace safety and health excellence.

The Lansing Terminal and Fleet facility is within the Logistic and Storage component of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) which handles bulk receiving, storage, and distribution of refined petroleum products that includes gasoline, ultra-low sulfur diesel, and kerosene. Products are received by truck and pipeline and then are later shipped out to various customers.

MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Director Nella Davis-Ray presented the MVPP Star Award plaque and flag to the Lansing Terminal and Fleet staff in a celebration ceremony held at the facility on September 6.

“MIOSHA is proud to recognize Marathon Petroleum’s Lansing Terminal and Fleet for establishing a company culture that promotes excellence in workplace safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Implementing best practices for increased employee safety and preventing accidents, exemplifies a true commitment to safety among management and employees at this facility.”

MIOSHA established the MVPP program in 1996 to recognize employers with exemplary safety and health management systems who go above MIOSHA requirements. The MVPP program is open to all Michigan employers. To be eligible for the award, an applicant must have injury and illness incidence rates for each of the last three years below the industry average.

Identifying best practices is vital to the MVPP continuous improvement process. Lansing Terminal and Fleet’s best practices highlights are:

  • Roadmap to Safety – a driver safety manual with procedures and guidance on many topics, including how to load and unload products from transports and their customers.
  • AWARE – a behavior-based observation program where operations technicians observe each other’s safety performance. A steering team is made up of members from various Transportation, Terminal and Rail sites for guidance on how to improve processes.
  • The Big 3 – a hazard awareness and identification tool that has been implemented to help employees remain cognizant of potential hazards and prompts them to ask the following questions:
    • What am I about to do?
    • How can I be injured?
    • What am I going to do to prevent injury?

"At Marathon Petroleum, our primary focus is on the safety and health of our employees, contractors and those who live in the communities where we operate,” said MPC Executive Vice President of Logistics and Storage John Swearingen. “We are proud of Lansing Terminal and Fleet’s achievement and would like to thank MIOSHA for its support and recognition and look forward to continuing our partnership with MIOSHA in furthering our exemplary safety record.”

Current MVPP Star sites are available to mentor other companies that have an interest and desire to improve their safety and health management system. As the most prestigious safety and health award given in Michigan Lansing Terminal and Fleet becomes one of 31 companies in the state with MVPP Star status.

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