Michigan Packaging Company Receives MIOSHA's Highest Recognition Award for Workplace Safety and Health Excellence

Contact: Melanie Brown 517-373-9280
Agency: Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration

November 5, 2013 – Today, Michigan Packaging Company was awarded the MVPP Star Award, the state’s highest workplace safety and health award, from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

“Michigan Packaging’s long-time commitment to workplace safety and health sends a strong message to other Michigan companies,” said LARA Deputy Director Stephanie Comai. “They have created a corporate culture where workplace safety and health is consistently held as a top priority. Their record shows that a safe workplace provides the foundation for a productive workplace.”

MIOSHA established the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) program in 1996 to recognize employers actively working toward achieving excellence in workplace safety and health. Michigan has 31 MVPP Star companies. This is the most prestigious safety and health award given in Michigan.

“National VPP sites experience 60 to 80 percent less lost work day injuries than would be expected of an average site in their industry,” said Yoder. “This program recognizes employers with safety and health management systems that provide protections beyond what is required by MIOSHA standards.  It also has a tremendous impact on the bottom line.”

The MIOSHA MVPP Review Team consisted of Doug Kimmel, Team Leader and Gregg Grubb, Senior Industrial Hygienist. During the review, the team conducted 16 formal and 18 informal interviews. The team examined various elements of the safety and health management system, and found them to effectively address the scope and complexity of the hazards at the site.

Michigan Packaging employs 121 workers and manufactures corrugated sheets and specialized high impact graphic litho laminated sheets. The facility has an exemplary safety and health record, and has exhibited outstanding leadership in recognizing that a comprehensive safety and health system is critical to successful businesses today.

The MVPP 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. MVPP participants implement safety and health management systems that provide protections beyond what is required by MIOSHA standards.

There are two levels of recognition in the MVPP. The Michigan Star program is designed for workplaces that have an exemplary safety and health management system with injury and illness incidence rates below the industry average for the last three years. The Rising Star program provides the "stepping stone" for those establishments that have the desire and potential to achieve Star Status within one to three years. Rising Star participants have a good safety and health management system and have incidence rates at or below the industry average for two out of the last three years.

Current Star sites are available to mentor other companies that have an interest and desire to improve their safety and health management system. Mentors inform, counsel, train, and strive to achieve excellence in safety and health through the MVPP.

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