MPC’s Indianapolis office achieves OSHA’s VPP Star Worksite status (Video)
On Nov. 14, 2014, M&TE and Marketing celebrated the achievement along with some special guests. An attached video showcases some highlights from the celebration.
Employees in Marathon Petroleum’s (MPC) office building in Indianapolis, Ind., have a good reason to celebrate. After an intensive review by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the office was recognized as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star worksite. While it serves to honor work locations, the VPP Star status is really an achievement of the employees who, according to OSHA’s definition of the award, “demonstrate exemplary achievement in the prevention and control of occupational safety and health hazards, and in the development, implementation and continuous improvement of their safety and health management system.” Being a VPP Star worksite is more than a great safety record; it represents the tireless efforts to proactively protect and improve the safety culture.
The Indianapolis office houses employees from both the Marketing organization and the Marketing and Transportation Engineering (M&TE) organization. The VPP Star status represents the combined efforts of these two groups, who see the benefit of teamwork and share the same vision. “What strikes me the most is that we didn’t have to do anything differently than what we do every day,” said Marketing District Manager John Rice at the celebration event (see attached video) held on Nov. 14, 2014. “This showcases what we do every day; [safety] is part of our culture.”
“A great deal of thanks goes to everyone at this location and to our business partners in other organizations,” said Engineering Manager Matt Heft. “Our focus on safe operations permeates the entire company and we’re proud to showcase our efforts through a program like this. To everyone at OSHA, thank you for this recognition.”
Indiana Department of Labor Deputy Commissioner Tim Maley reinforced to the MPC employees at the celebration that this site is one of only 70 Star worksites in Indiana and less than 2,500 sites nationwide. “Not everyone receives this award; it’s not meant for everybody,” he said. “[MPC] is getting recognition outside of the state for what we’re doing here.” Maley said other states look at these programs as being a great model for partnerships between industry and government.
For more information on VPP, visit http://www.osha.gov.