Huntsman Corporation's Auburn Hills Facility Receives Fifth Consecutive MIOSHA STAR Award

State’s Highest Recognition for Excellence in Workplace Safety and Health Spans 15 years

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June 5, 2019 – The Huntsman Corporation in Auburn Hills (Huntsman) was awarded, for the fifth consecutive time, 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).

“Congratulations to Huntsman, one of our longest-standing MVPP participants,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “For the last 15 years, Huntsman has consistently demonstrated its commitment to operating a safe working environment and mentoring other companies toward achievement of their outstanding safety and health management systems. I commend the entire Huntsman team for its vigorous participation and longevity in the MVPP program.”

There are two levels of recognition in the MVPP – Rising Star and Star. Huntsman was awarded the Rising Star in 2002. The company received MVPP Star approval in 2004, and was recertified in 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019. The MVPP Star is given to companies that both implement protections beyond MIOSHA requirements and have injury and illness rates below the industry average for the last three years. The site is exempt from programmed inspections for three years.

Identifying best practices is integral to the MVPP continuous improvement process. Among Huntsman’s best practices are:

  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) self-audit program of EHS procedures.
  • Training and safety orientation for new hires during the first six months of employment.
  • Job Safety and Health Analysis program that addresses the safe operation of 170 maintenance, machine hall, laboratory, and warehouse activities.

“As a team, we’re delighted to have secured STAR status once again,” said Pete Panourgias, EHS Manager at Huntsman’s Auburn Hills site. “The fact that we’ve held this accolade without a break for 15 years is a testimony to the dedication of our management and the efforts of each and every member of our team.”

The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

With more than 80 employees, Huntsman’s Auburn Hills site develops polyurethane-based products for the automotive, adhesives, coatings, elastomers, footwear and furniture industries, and includes a mix of offices, laboratories, a machine hall and warehouses.

Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals with 2018 revenues more than $9 billion. Huntsman’s chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. Huntsman operates more than 75 manufacturing, R&D and operations facilities in approximately 30 countries and employs approximately 10,000 associates within its four distinct business divisions. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company’s website at

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