WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) has announced the winners of the 2022 Annual Safety Awards, part of the refining and petrochemical industries ongoing mission and commitment to enhance and recognize outstanding workplace safety. The awards, considered the industries’ premier awards, are part of a comprehensive program developed by the AFPM Safety and Health Committee to promote safe operations in the refining and petrochemical industries. They also recognize facilities that have outstanding occupational and process safety performance.

“Nothing is more important to the refining and petrochemical industries than keeping their people, facilities and communities safe. Our commitment to safety is ongoing and we continually look for new ways to improve our operations to provide the safest working conditions for our employees and ultimately the families, friends and neighbors who live near our facilities. It is this continued commitment to safety that brought about the AFPM Safety Awards to honor those that seek to exceed previous safety records and innovate to make constant improvements,” said AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson.

The refining and petrochemical industries’ commitment to safety is reflected in their records, where they have consistently ranked as one of the safest of more than 500 manufacturing industries tracked by the government over the last decade.

The highest honor, the Distinguished Safety Award, is awarded to the top sites with outstanding safety performance, program innovation and safety leadership. This honor was awarded to three facilities this year for achieving a sustained, exemplary level of safety performance, they are: ExxonMobil Chemical Company – Beaumont Chemical Plant; LyondellBasell Industries – Bayport Complex and Phillips 66 – Sweeny Refinery.

The Elite Gold Award recognizes facilities with safety performances in the top five percentile and that have demonstrated superior and consistent safety performance, program innovation and leadership, has been given to 15 facilities this year: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP – Borger Plant; Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP – Orange Plant; ExxonMobil Chemical Company – Baytown Olefins Plant; ExxonMobil Chemical Company – Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant; LyondellBasell Industries – Chocolate Bayou Polymers Plant; LyondellBasell Industries – Houston Refinery; LyondellBasell Industries – Louisiana Integrated PolyEthylene JV; LyondellBasell Industries – Matagorda Complex; Marathon Petroleum Company – Anacortes Refinery; Phillips 66 – Bayway Refinery; Phillips 66 – Santa Maria Refinery; Phillips 66 – WRB Refining, LP - Borger Refinery; Placid Refining Company, LLC; Valero Energy Corporation – Memphis Refinery and Valero Energy Corporation – Three Rivers Refinery.

The Elite Silver Award recognizes those sites that have attained top industry safety performance for the application year and demonstrated excellent program innovation and leadership over time. The Elite Silver Award recognizes the top ten percentile of industry safety and this year was awarded to 12 facilities: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP – Port Arthur Plant; Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP – Sweeny, Old Ocean, and Clemens Facility; ExxonMobil/SABIC Joint Venture – Gulf Coast Growth Ventures; HF Sinclair Corporation – Navajo Refining LLC; LyondellBasell Industries – Victoria Plant; Marathon Petroleum Company – El Paso Refinery; OQ Chemicals Corporation – Bay City Site; PBF Energy Inc. – Martinez Refining Company LLC; Phillips 66 – Ponca City Refinery; Valero Energy Corporation – McKee Refinery and Valero Energy Corporation – Wilmington Asphalt Plant.

The AFPM Innovation Awards, introduced in 2020, recognize refineries, petrochemical facilities and their contractors that have developed unique and innovative programs or practices that effectively improve the site’s safety performance for either occupational or process safety. Eight sites received the award this year and they are Enterprise Products Operating LLC; Phillips 66 – Sweeny Refinery; Valero Energy Corporation – Ardmore Refinery and Valero Energy Corporation – Benicia Refinery for their innovative work benefitting occupational safety and Cheniere Energy – Sabine Pass LNG, LLC; Flint Hills Resources, LLC – Corpus Christi Complex; Flint Hills Resources, LLC – Pine Bend Refinery and Marathon Petroleum Company – Galveston Bay Refinery for their innovations to improve process safety.


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The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) is the leading trade association representing the makers of the fuels that keep us moving, the petrochemicals that are the essential building blocks for modern life, and the midstream companies that get our feedstocks and products where they need to go. We make the products that make life better, safer and more sustainable — we make progress.