Aria Energy in Lenox Receives Renewed "MSHARP" Workplace Safety and Health Status

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October 17, 2017 - Aria Energy, a leading provider of baseload renewable energy, was recently awarded renewal of its Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MSHARP) certification for outstanding workplace safety and health excellence from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). 

“MSHARP recognizes successful, collaborative efforts of employees and management, in partnership with MIOSHA toward achieving excellence in workplace safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Aria received its initial MSHARP award in 2015 and has continued to demonstrate a company culture that prioritizes worker safety that is to be commended.”  

The MSHARP is designed to assist smaller employers with less than 250 employees at the worksite. A priority is given to companies on the MIOSHA list of high-hazard industries, or who are a part of MIOSHA’s Strategic Plan to help them develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system. The program can then target resources where they are most needed. The MSHARP program provides an incentive for employers to emphasize accident and illness prevention by anticipating problems, rather than reacting to them.

The MIOSHA Onsite Consultation Program within the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division operates the Michigan SHARP Program. Onsite consultants work with employers to help them become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health. SHARP worksites earn an exemption from “programmed” MIOSHA inspections on a yearly basis. The MSHARP requires a comprehensive consultation visit and the correction of all serious workplace safety and health hazards to achieve certification.

Aria Energy has an excellent system in place which incorporates each of the seven required MSHARP elements: hazard anticipation and detection; hazard prevention and control; planning and evaluation; administration and supervision; safety and health training; management leadership, and employee participation.

About Aria Energy

Headquartered in Novi, MI, Aria Energy provides baseload renewable energy to utilities and other customers across the United States. Aria Energy owns and/or operates a diversified portfolio of renewable energy projects across 16 states, collectively representing 265.9 megawatt-equivalent of baseload renewable energy capacity. For additional information, please visit: www.ariaenergy.com.

The majority of Aria Energy is owned by power and energy private equity funds managed by Ares EIF Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Ares Management, L.P. (NYSE:ARES). For additional information, please visit: http://www.aresmgmt.com/.

For more information about MIOSHA, please visit www.michigan.gov/miosha.
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