Marathon Pipe Line, LLC in Woodhaven Receives MIOSHA's Highest Recognition Award for Workplace Safety and Health

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June 11, 2018 –  Marathon Pipe Line, LLC (MPL) in Woodhaven, MI, was recently awarded the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). MIOSHA is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

“It is a pleasure to recognize Marathon Pipe Line, Woodhaven Station, for creating a company culture that promotes excellence in workplace safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Implementing best practices for increased worker safety can have a significant positive impact on a company’s bottom line and exemplifies a true commitment among management and staff at this facility.”  

MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training Director Nella Davis-Ray presented the plaque and MVPP flag to MPL Northeast Area Manager Ray Price, who accepted on behalf of all employees. Invited guests, management and employees attended the award presentation, luncheon, and joined Davis-Ray in raising the MVPP flag outside of MPL’s offices.

MIOSHA established the MVPP program in 1996 to recognize employers with exemplary safety and health systems and is open to all Michigan employers. To be eligible for the MVPP Star program, an applicant must demonstrate that the injury and illness incidence rates for each of the last three complete calendar years are below the rates published for their respective North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code.

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 – Rising Star and Star. 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. Current Star sites are available to mentor other companies that have an interest and desire to improve their safety and health management system. 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.

As the most prestigious safety and health award given in Michigan, MPL becomes one of only 27 companies in the state of Michigan with MVPP Star status.   

The MPL Woodhaven Station is a process safety management regulated liquified petroleum gas storage and loading facility with butane and propane underground caverns that are used for storage. It is classified under NAICS Code 486210, Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas.

A best practice recognized by MIOSHA is MPL’s contractor website that includes newsletters, safety equipment recall notices, Marathon safety standards, safety bulletins, links to annual training requirements, and requirements for maintaining contractor/subcontractor status.  

“Marathon Pipe Line LLC’s Northeast Area is proud of this achievement and would like to thank MIOSHA for its support and recognition,” said Price. “We will continue to show our commitment to providing an injury-free workplace where everyone feels accountable for personal and process safety. The journey to achieving Star status has been a valuable and rewarding effort.”

MPL is headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, and is a subsidiary of MPLX LP, a diversified, growth-oriented master limited partnership formed by Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) to own, operate, develop and acquire midstream energy infrastructure assets. With more than 110 years in the energy business, MPL is an industry leader of safely and reliably operating pipelines, storage tanks, and barge dock facilities.

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