Albemarle Corp. Named Star Site for Outstanding Safety and Health Management

Contact: Tanya Baker 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

January 27, 2015 – Albemarle Corporation’s South Haven facility was awarded the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award today, 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).

“As a former ‘rising star,’ MIOSHA is thrilled to recognize Albemarle Corporation for its certification as an MVPP Star site,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. “Albemarle’s management commitment, employee involvement, and excellent safety measures demonstrate that employee safety and health is its top priority.”

MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder presents award plaque to Albemarle staffYoder presented an award plaque to Albemarle staff, including the South Haven plant manager.

“Albemarle is committed to sustainable operations, and we are honored to have been recognized for the hard work the team has put into improving our workplace safety,” said South Haven Plant Manager Dru Manuel.  “We recognize that health and safety are critical to our sustainable growth, and we’re excited for the challenge to further improve our operations in the future.”

MIOSHA established the MVPP in 1996 to recognize employers actively working toward achieving excellence in workplace safety and health. 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. "In addition to significantly reducing injuries and illnesses, this program has a tremendous impact on the bottom line."

The MIOSHA MVPP Review Team consisted of Doug Kimmel, team leader and safety specialist, and Dave Humenick, senior industrial hygienist. During the review, 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.

Albemarle Corporation employs approximately 130 employees at its South Haven facility and is a chemical manufacturer of intermediate and active pharmaceutical ingredients, food additives, and custom chemicals. The company also performs research and development and commercial manufacturing.

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.

Albemarle Corporation is a premier specialty chemicals company. Albemarle develops, manufactures and markets technologically advanced and high value added products, including lithium and lithium compounds, bromine and derivatives, catalysts and surface treatment chemistries used in a wide range of applications including consumer electronics, flame retardants, metal processing, plastics, contemporary and alternative transportation vehicles, refining, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, construction and custom chemistry services.

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