Labor and Economic Opportunity
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September 27, 2017 – Eaton Aerospace, LLC in Grand Rapids today was awarded the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
“It is a pleasure to recognize Eaton Aerospace 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.”
Pickelman presented the plaque and MVPP flag to Eaton Aerospace Plant Manager Jason LaTour, who accepted on behalf of all employees. Invited guests, management and employees attended the award presentation, luncheon, and joined Pickelman in raising the MVPP flag outside of Eaton’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 incidence rates for Eaton Aerospace continues to be well below the industry average for their NAICS code 336413 – Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment 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 – 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, Eaton Aerospace becomes one of only 25 companies in the State of Michigan with MVPP Star status.
“Earning MVPP Star status is a great validation of being a learning organization,” said LaTour. “Understanding risks and taking action for mitigation are fundamentally part of our culture. I am extremely proud of our team in this fantastic success on our journey to become a world-class manufacturing site.”
Eaton’s Grand Rapids facility has 215 employees. The plant designs, assembles, tests and operates a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repair station for specialized controllers, smart actuators, actuation systems and flight controls for commercial and military customers. As a power management company, Eaton serves commercial and military aerospace, marine, and defense markets in more than 175 countries, with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. To learn more about Eaton’s aerospace capabilities, visit www.eaton.com/aerospace.
For more information about MIOSHA, please visit http://www.michigan.gov/miosha.
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