Refining captures AFPM safety honors

​Bayway Refinery took the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers’ highest safety honor for 2017, with three more Phillips 66 refineries ranking among the industry’s top honorees.

Bayway won AFPM’s Distinguished Safety Award, while Sweeny Refinery received the Elite Gold Award, and Alliance and Wood River refineries claimed Elite Silver Awards. Gold status is AFPM’s second-highest annual safety award, and silver status recognizes the top 5 percent of all U.S. sites that have attained exemplary safety performance while demonstrating excellent program innovation and leadership over time.

It is the second straight year Phillips 66 has won AFPM’s highest honor. The company’s Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex received the 2016 DSA, with Bayway, Billings, Rodeo, Santa Maria and Sweeny refineries all receiving Elite Silver Awards.

This strong showing with AFPM underscores the company’s commitment to safety and highlights the strategic focus Phillips 66 puts on operating excellence. It further reflects the efforts of employees across the company in their pursuit of safety.

Bayway Refinery Manager Mike Bukowski said the refinery’s success can be attributed to the company’s safety culture and several points of emphasis. “Through a shared commitment, innovative programs and team collaboration, the refinery continues to focus on taking safety to the next level,” he said.

Of some 268 refineries and petrochemical sites eligible for the awards, only 19, of which eight were refineries, passed the screening criteria. Phillips 66's four refineries represented half of the refining finalists.

“It’s an honor to be selected by a committee of our industry peers for these awards,” said Executive Vice President of Refining Bob Herman. “It shows that safety comes first at Phillips 66, and that continued, successful safety results are achievable and sustainable.”