LEMONT, Ill., July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The CITGO Lemont Refinery today announced that it was honored for its exemplary 2017 safety record by the Three River's Manufacturers' Association (TRMA), the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and BNSF Railway.

CITGO Lemont Tank Car Loaders were presented with the BNSF Product Stewardship Award by Jeff Hawthorne, CITGO Operations Unit Supervisor, and Glenn Rabinak, CITGO Engineering and Business Services General Manager.

Through best practice standards, consistent employee training, and performance metrics and auditing to continually meet a high-level safety performance, the Lemont Refinery surpassed its previous safety record by reaching over 14 million work hours with zero lost workday cases at the end of 2017. 

On April 4, 2018, the Lemont Refinery received the Partnership Award for its outstanding safety performance during the TRMA Annual Dinner Meeting in Joliet, Illinois.  This award is given to industry leaders with a total Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace recordable incident rate of less than 0.30 for the calendar year.

For the second consecutive year, the Lemont Refinery received a Safety Achievement Award from AFPM during the organization's annual conference in May. To be considered for this award, the company must surpass six key criteria, including an OSHA recordable incident rate below 0.4 and no employee or contractor injuries requiring hospitalization.

For four consecutive years, the Lemont Refinery has received the BNSF Railway Product Stewardship Award for zero non-accidental releases of hazardous products during a calendar year. To qualify for the award, a company must have tendered a minimum of 400 orders to BNSF during 2017.

"Safety is our top priority at CITGO. Through teamwork and collective diligence, the Lemont Refinery will continue to work at exceeding expectations, and strive for an incident-free workplace during 2018," said Jim Cristman, CITGO Vice President of Refining.

About the CITGO Lemont Refinery
For more than 90 years, CITGO Lemont Refinery has employed more than 750 Chicago area residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy. In addition to producing high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of more than 5,200 locally-owned CITGO stations across the country, Lemont Refinery employees also make a major positive impact on the community. Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way and a variety of environmental and preservation programs. Operations at the Lemont Refinery began in 1925 and a major expansion doubled the facility in 1933. Over the years, new units were added to meet the demand for a better quality of gas for automobiles, aviation fuel for WWII, and the production of asphalt. For more information, visit www.citgolemont.com.  

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.    

CITGO Health and Safety Manager Casey Bullock accepts the TRMA Partnership Award on behalf of the CITGO Lemont Refinery.