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Trade News Release
Nov. 17, 2008
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA welcomes Delta Air Lines into the VPP Corporate Pilot

WASHINGTON -- Delta Air Lines recently became the eighth participant in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Corporate Pilot. The VPP Corporate Pilot was initiated in May 2004 to streamline the application and onsite evaluation processes for organizations committed to VPP at the corporate level.

"Delta has integrated their safety and health management system into their work processes that parallel the high standards set forth in OSHA's VPP," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Thomas M. Stohler. "We are pleased to welcome Delta Air Lines as a new VPP Corporate Pilot participant. We are confident that our relationship will lead to even greater success in protecting the safety and health of employees at all Delta worksites."

Delta uses an analysis and risk management tool to track cases involving damage, first aid, near misses, recordable events, accidents and incidents from around the world. The company also uses a software program that tracks the location of each piece of equipment, generates a maintenance schedule and sends out a reminder notice to appropriate personnel when maintenance is due. Furthermore, Delta incorporates pictorial job safety analyses into worksite training programs that allows employees to see the specific equipment and/or tasks on which they are being trained.

Richard Anderson, Delta CEO, said, "Providing a safe and secure operation is Delta's first and most fundamental obligation to our customers and employees. This commitment to safety, health, environment and ethics permeates every level of the organization. We are proud of our employees who have worked so diligently to achieve such exemplary safety performance."

With more than 53,000 employees, Delta is one of the world's largest commercial airlines and it offers service to more worldwide destinations than any other airline. Delta and its subsidiaries combined have 12 active OSHA VPP sites.

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