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John Henshaw
Delta Airlines VPP Workshop
Atlanta, Georgia
June 4, 2003

  • Good morning. Thank you for asking me to join you for today’s VPP workshop. We really appreciate your agreeing as part of our Alliance to hold this workshop.
  • Strong supporter of VPP—best way to drive down injuries and illnesses. Personal experience at 3 companies. Want to see VPP at many more worksites.
  • Today--951 VPP sites. In 2001--injury/ illness rates at VPP sites 54 percent less than other employers in their industries.
  • In FY2000, VPP sites avoided 5,638 injuries = savings of $152 million at 700 sites = average savings of $217,000 per site.
  • Goal—dramatic increase in sites—800 to 8,000. Could reduce injuries by 64,000 per year. Savings of $1.73 BILLION.
  • National Safety Council estimates average lost-time injury costs $30,000. NSC total cost of workplace injuries = $131.2 billion in 2000—exceeding the combined profits of the top 13 Fortune 500 companies.
  • OSHA’s message is simple: Safety and health add value: To your business. To your workplace. To your life. VPP sites understand this truth.
  • Liberty Mutual calculated benefit in $--every $1 invested yields $3 or more $ saved.
  • Safety and health saves money, avoids pain and suffering. Makes sense, saves $. VPP could be your best investment this year.
  • Some benefits for employers:

    1. Decreased turnover and absenteeism
    2. Increased productivity
    3. Exemption from programmed OSHA inspections
    4. Networking with the beset
    5. Community recognition
    6. Models of excellence
    7. Competitive Edge
  • Benefits for workers:

    1. Go home safe
    2. Get involved in safety and health
    3. Take pride in work
    4. Increase morale
  • Benefits for OSHA:

    1. Work in partnership
    2. Accomplish mission of reducing injuries/illnesses
    3. Achieve greater injury/illness reduction than compliance alone
    4. Gain models of excellence
    5. Help promote value of safety and health
    6. Leverage resources
  • VPP Examples. Citizen’s Memorial Health Care in Bolivar, Mo.

    1. First nursing home to join VPP
    2. Reduced lost workday cases from 200+ to 39
    3. TCIR—57% below industry
    4. DART—37% below industry
  • Delta Airlines Technical Operations Center—in Atlanta

    1. Nearly 2,800 employees
    2. TCIR—81% below industry
    3. DART—81% below industry
    4. SGEs from Delta helped greatly at review of NASA Space Center!
  • VPP—involves some paperwork—but worth it. For savings, for cooperative relationship.
  • So here is my call to action.
  • Be a leader. Accept the challenge of VPP. You will save lives, increase productivity, and improve the working environment of your organization.
  • I’ve told my boss—Labor Secretary Elaine Chao—that over the next five years we want to reduce the rate of workplace fatalities by at least 15 percent. And we want to reduce the rate of workplace injuries and illnesses by at least 20 percent.
  • Is this possible? Absolutely, with the cooperation of employers and employees---and the strong support of safety and health professionals like yourselves.
  • Let me repeat once again … VPP works. The data shows that it does. I encourage you to make this program, this partnership with OSHA, work for you and your employees.

Thank you.