MIOSHA Honors Huntsman Corporation Auburn Hills Facility for Exemplary Safety and Health

May 26, 2004 - Today Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG) Director David C. Hollister presented the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award to Huntsman Corporation's Auburn Hills facility for excellence in workplace safety and health programs.


The Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award for exemplary safety and health programs is awarded by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).  The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG).


"We're honored to present this premiere safety and health recognition to the employees and management of the Huntsman Auburn Hills facility," said Hollister.  "This company is on the cutting edge of Michigan's rapidly expanding technology sector.  And they're certainly on the cutting edge of companies that know a strong safety and health program goes hand in hand with increased production and profits."


DLEG Director David Hollister presented the MVPP Star flag to Keith Day, Vice President, Global Specialties; Pete Panourgias, Facilities Supervisor; and members of the Site Safety & Housekeeping Committee.   State and local elected officials, Huntsman worldwide corporate leaders, and Huntsman employees attended the presentation. 


"We are proud that, as we develop new products and technologies for the 21st century, we are also developing innovative ways to protect our employees," said Day.  "By placing safety and health at the forefront of our daily operating procedures, we are increasing our competitive advantage in today's global marketplace."


Huntsman's incidence rates and lost work day rates are well below the Michigan average for their SIC code 2899,Chemical Preparations.   Their total case incidence rate was 0.0 in 2001, 2.2 in 2002, and 2.37 in 2003-compared to 6.6, for all three years for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average.  The total lost work day cases for the plant was 0.0 in 2001, 0.0 in 2002, and 0.0 in 2003-compared to 3.1 for all three years for the BLS industry average.


"At Huntsman, everyone takes responsibility for safety and health every day," said Panourgias.  "Achieving Star status acknowledges Huntsman's rigorous determination to adhere to the highest standards of workplace safety and health, and to the total involvement of all employees at this site."


The Huntsman Corporation is committed to achieving excellence in environmental, health and safety protection. Their environmental, health and safety protection policy states:  "It is the responsibility of both management and associates to operate safe, clean and efficient facilities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner."  This policy is posted at the facility and included in the Environmental, Health and Safety Procedures Manual.


"Companies that establish an integrated safety and health program reap the benefits of dramatically reducing their injury and illness rates," said MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski.  "Huntsman's outstanding safety and health record sends a strong message to all employers that safety pays."


The Auburn Hills site is the Research and Development Center for the Huntsman Polyurethanes Division.  With 77 employees, the Auburn Hills site includes business and commercial management and technical staff for the global specialties business, advanced materials business, and commercial staff for the Huntsman Polymers Group.


Huntsman Polyurethanes, an international business unit of Huntsman International LLC, produces chemicals and systems for customers in the construction, refrigeration insulation, packaging, automotive seating and interiors, furniture, footwear, composite wood products, thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU), and adhesives, coatings, and elastomers markets.  Numerous other Huntsman sites within the states of Texas and New Jersey have also earned Star status in the Voluntary Protection Program.


Huntsman Corporation LLC is North America's largest privately held chemical company.  Its operating companies manufacture basic products for the world's most essential industries including chemicals, plastics, automotive, construction, high-tech, health care, textiles, detergent, personal care, and packaging.  Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and later rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman-held companies today have revenues of approximately $9 billion, more than 15,000 employees and facilities in more than 30 countries.


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