As part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)/Airlines
Industry Alliance, Delta Air Lines hosted a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)
Seminar on June 4, 2003 at its Technical Operations Center (TechOps) in
Atlanta, Georgia. Representatives from 16 airlines, including American, Jet Blue,
United and US Airways, 12 ground-support business partners and other
industries attended the meeting.
The seminar focused on the importance of applying for membership in OSHA’s
VPP program. Delta’s TechOps is the only airline worksite that is a member of
the VPP program and the facility’s employees and management shared first-
hand knowledge about the program with the attendees. In addition, Delta
discussed the improvements that the airline made to its safety and health
program that resulted from applying for VPP recognition.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, John Henshaw
(John Henshaw's Talking Points) opened the seminar by
discussing OSHA’s commitment to the VPP process and encouraged the other
groups in attendance to follow TechOp’s lead. According to Mr. Henshaw, VPP
work sites save millions each year in health costs because their injury and illness
rates are more than 50 percent below the averages for their industries.
In addition to Mr. Henshaw, speakers from OSHA included:
- Paula O. White, Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State
Programs updated the group on the VPP process. She told the group that the
VPP’s success helped pave the way for expanding OSHA’s voluntary
programs and partnerships and improving OSHA’s outreach, education and
compliance assistance efforts. (Paula White's Talking Points)
- Lee Anne Jillings, Director of OSHA’s Office of Outreach Services and
Alliances talked about the success of the Agency’s Alliance program. In
addition, she specifically discussed the OSHA/Airlines Industry Alliance and
the products that are being developed for airline employees on the handling
of passenger-checked baggage. (Lee Anne Jillings' Presentation [PPT* 440 KB])
- Susan Sikes, OSHA’s Region IV VPP Manager gave the attendees an
overview of the VPP application process. She also discussed the resources
that are available, including mentoring, to help worksites that are interested in
becoming VPP recognized. (Susan Sikes' Presentation [PPT* 5 MB])
During the afternoon portion of the seminar, the attendees heard from Ray
Valeika, Delta’s senior vice president-TechOps. Mr. Valeika discussed how
TechOps leaders assembled a team of frontline employees from each business
unit and charged them with developing, implementing and monitoring all of the
program elements into current safety and health programs.
He stated that "Attaining [VPP] membership takes commitment; it takes energy; it
takes leadership; it takes engagement. To be effective, you’ve to got start by
involving and respecting your employees and being fair. Give people an
opportunity to participate and they will share their creativity." Mr. Valeika
concluded by saying "I am extraordinarily proud of our Technical Operations
group and the programs they’ve developed."
The OSHA/Airlines Alliance was signed November 12, 2002 with the Agency, 13
airlines and the National Safety Council’s International Air Transport Section.
The Alliance encourages outreach and communication among the participants
and, in addition to holding the VPP Seminar, the Alliance is updating OSHA’s
eTool and developing a body mechanics training manual for handling passenger-checked baggage.
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