April 3, 2014
Workplace safety and health representatives from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) recognized NuStar Energy's three terminals in Moorhead, Roseville and Sauk Centre, Minn., as Minnesota Star (MNSTAR) worksites April 3.
"We are pleased to reward all three facilities for their outstanding safety and health achievements," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. "NuStar's management and employees have developed a strong safety and health management program."
MNSTAR is a Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) program that recognizes worksites where managers and employees work together to develop safety and health management systems.
To achieve this award, NuStar's management and employees worked with DLI's OSHA consultants to go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards and develop ways to prevent job-related injuries and illnesses.
"Safety is our top priority at NuStar and the MNSTAR Program helps take our safety commitment to a new level," said Brad Barron, president and CEO of NuStar Energy. "We are proud of our Minnesota employees' commitment to safety and we are proud of how hard they worked to earn their MNSTAR site ranking. It is a rigorous effort, but is has helped create even safer workplaces."
The Moorhead, Roseville and Sauk Centre terminals store, ship and sell petroleum products via pipeline and trucks. Products handled by the facility include gasoline, fuel oils, jet fuel, ethanol and other product additives.
Commissioner Peterson and other DLI representatives commemorated the organization's employee-employer relationship by presenting a MNSTAR flag and a certificate that exempts the facility for three years from MNOSHA Compliance scheduled inspections.
MNSTAR began in Minnesota in January 1999, and is modeled after the federal OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which began in 1982. There are currently 35 MNSTAR worksites in Minnesota. For more information, visit www.dli.mn.gov/WSC/Mnstar.asp.
A photo from the event is available at www.dli.mn.gov/Images/nustar_mnstar_april2014.jpg.
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