Promoting Safety

Marathon Petroleum refining employees practicing safety

Valuing Health and Wellness

We value the health and wellness of our employees, retirees, and their families. Health and wellness resources that both inform and educate are available companywide. Taking advantage of them heightens awareness and assists in maintaining and improving health. Ultimately, it leads to a healthier, safer workplace.

The company's Industrial Hygiene Standards provide systems for identifying and addressing employee exposures to chemical, physical, biological and other hazards through elimination, engineering controls, work practice controls, personal protective equipment and monitoring. Health, Environment, Safety and Security policies and standards cover health programs for all aspects of these hazards.

MPC Refining Employees wearing PPE gear and practicing safety.

MPC Refining employees reviewing safety procedures.

Life Critical Expectations

Our greatest focus is protecting and preserving the well-being of all these great people. Our goal is an incident-free, injury-free workplace. We want everyone who comes to our sites to go home at the end of the workday in the same shape as they came. We are committed to creating a safe environment and work diligently to prevent incidents and injuries throughout all operations. We focus on continually improving our safety management systems and compliance programs by engaging our employee and contractor workforce via training, behavior-based safety programs, contractor safety councils, and sharing best practices and lessons learned.

We have developed a Life Critical Expectations document that outlines the company’s expectations for its employees and contractors to work safely.


OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)

OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program recognizes employers and workers in private industry and federal agencies that have implemented effective safety and health management systems. VPP works!  The average injury rates of companies and facilities achieving VPP status are far below the Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.  VPP is an outstanding cooperative program between regulators and industry that helps drive higher-level safety performance at all levels of an organization. To achieve VPP status, applicants must complete a rigorous application and inspection process by OSHA that can take multiple years. There are three levels of designation: Demonstration, Merit, and Star status, which is the highest level.

Our Logistics and Storage organization’s near-term goal is to achieve VPP Star status at select sites in each OSHA region while our Refining organization’s goal is to achieve VPP Star status at all legacy-MPC sites. Currently, we have earned 38 VPP Star Certifications covering 50 assets. Additional sites are actively pursuing VPP and are in various stages of the process. Achieving and maintaining our VPP participation is a testament to our commitment to the safety and health of our workforce and the communities we serve.

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Personal Safety Performance

Consistent with our core values, we approach our work with the highest commitment to safety and a focus on care for the environment. To continually reinforce these values and drive strong performance, we use a combination of best practice-based operational standards, documented work processes, proven management systems and behavior-based programs designed to train, protect and empower our employees and contractors. Employees and contractors are held to the same high standards and expectations, and are authorized to stop any work if they feel at risk.

Process Safety

In simplest terms, process safety means that our pipes, tanks, processing units, valves and other hardware all work as intended to keep hazardous materials contained. We manage our process safety risks proactively by continuously improving our process safety management systems (e.g., mechanical integrity program, management of change, safe work practices, operating procedures, etc.) and by maintaining a rigorous process safety risk assessment process to identify risks and implement the appropriate safeguards (e.g., alarms, automated shutoff systems, relief devices, etc.). We track the metrics reported in this section to show accountability to employees and all our stakeholders. We want you to know how we’re doing. 

MPC tracks process safety consistent with the American Petroleum Institute’s (API’s) Recommended Practices 754, Process Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries. This practice includes both lagging and leading process safety metrics to better gauge a company’s performance. Process safety event Tier 1 and Tier 2 rates are calculated per 200,000 worker exposure hours (employees and contractors). This is consistent with the basis for calculating OSHA occupational injury/illness rates.

MPC refining employee practicing process safety and communicating to teammates.

Emergency Preparedness

Robust preparedness enables us to respond effectively should an emergency event occur. Consistently investing in our response capabilities equips us to mitigate and manage the impact to the environment and people in the event of an incident. All our operating locations have emergency response teams assigned and site-specific emergency preparedness and response plans tailored to the risks they may encounter. These location-specific plans are subject to regular drills to test proper execution in the event of an actual incident.

MPC’s Emergency Preparedness Group (EPG) oversees our response program, which includes companywide guidelines and procedures on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies. The group’s focus is to continuously strengthen our capability to respond rapidly and appropriately to an emergency incident anywhere we operate. The EPG staff coordinates with business components to share best practices and resources across the company.

The EPG staff facilitates meetings of a cross-organizational team called the Hurricane Advisory Committee (HAC), which monitors storms throughout the hurricane season. With as many as 50 participants from various company operating components and organizations, the HAC makes certain the appropriate groups have the latest weather updates and communicate effectively before storms make landfall. Click here to learn more about how MPC incorporates extreme weather planning into its emergency preparedness and response program.

Additionally, for emergency events that may require resources beyond those available at a local facility, our EPG maintains a Corporate Emergency Response Team (CERT). It comprises of approximately 250 employees with response expertise and training in the Incident Command System (ICS), should an emergency event occur.

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