Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
March 19, 2015 – Pfizer Inc. Global Supply in Kalamazoo was awarded the state's highest workplace safety and health award, the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star 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).
“MIOSHA commends Pfizer Global Supply for achieving star status for its third time since 2008,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. “The agency is thrilled to continue this cooperative relationship with the Pfizer team, whose commitment to worker protection goes far beyond what is required by MIOSHA standards.”
Yoder met with Pfizer staff, including acting site leader Bob Betzig, to congratulate them on their continued star status and talk about the importance of workplace safety and health.
The group later attended a Pfizer Kalamazoo Safety Committee Expo where more than 40 safety committees showcased their safety accomplishments from the past year.
“Here at Pfizer, Kalamazoo we are proud of our safety culture and we find great value in the MIOSHA MVPP certification process, as it provides an ongoing platform for our colleagues and contractors to partner in lifting our safety culture to new and innovative levels,” said Bob Betzig, interim site leader. “Thank you for recognizing our efforts.”
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; Kristin Osterkamp, senior industrial hygienist; and Brian Kellogg, safety specialist. 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.
Pfizer Global Supply employs approximately 2,500 employees and hosts several hundred skilled trades contractors at its Kalamazoo facility and is a manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished life-saving drug products.
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.
Pfizer applies science and global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. It strives to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Pfizer collaborates with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on the company. To learn more about Pfizer, please visit www.pfizer.com.
For more information about MIOSHA, please visit www.michigan.gov/miosha
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