MPC takes health, enviroment, safety and security commitment to a new level
Since 2001, Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s health, environment, safety and security (HES&S) performance has been continually improving under the Responsible Care® Management System, and we are now moving into a more rigorous phase of HES&S management that represents a new level of commitment: RC14001® certification.
RC14001 is a management system that combines Responsible Care with the globally recognized ISO14001 environmental management system, established by the International Organization for Standardization. ISO, as the organization is known, is an independent, non-governmental international body that provides world-class specifications for products, services and systems that ensure quality, safety and efficiency.
“RC14001 is a more detailed, prescriptive set of standards than the Responsible Care Management System, and after more than 15 years of continual improvement in our HES&S performance, we are now going to hold ourselves accountable to this higher standard company-wide,” said MPC Chairman and CEO Gary R. Heminger.
Honor Sheard, Environment, Safety and Security Manager at MPC’s refinery in Detroit, says RC14001 will be familiar to organizations currently using Responsible Care because both integrate health, environment, safety and security into a single management system. “And just like Responsible Care, RC14001 is third-party audited to gain an outside perspective of our management systems,” she said. “We evaluate audit findings carefully and follow up on action items to make sure we’re not just complying, but continuously improving.”
MPC will implement RC14001 company-wide over the next 18 months.
“I couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished under Responsible Care,” said Heminger. “We are very well-positioned in our industry from an HES&S standpoint, and holding ourselves accountable to this higher standard will ensure we keep improving across all our operations.”