Delta Kicks Off National Safety Month with Workplace Safety Honors

June 6, 2006
Delta Air Lines customers and employees will be reminded during the month of June to buckle up, use personal protective equipment and review emergency preparedness plans as the airline shows its support for National Safety Month, sponsored by the National Safety Council.

Delta's continued workplace safety efforts have resulted in workplace injury rates that are among the lowest of U.S. airlines, as well as an additional OSHA safety certification and environmental efforts recognized by the State of Georgia. The company was named one of America's Safest Companies by Occupational Hazards in 2005. (If you are interested in applying for America's Safest Companies, please visit our ASC Safety Zone www.occupationalhazards.com/safety_zones/52

"Kicking off National Safety Month with our sixth OSHA VPP certification, following a year in which Delta was named one of America's Safest Companies, is a true testament to our commitment to ensuring the safety and health of our customers and employees," said Michael Quiello, vice president Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance at Delta. "Reminding people about simple health and safety tips goes a long way to preventing injuries, so for the month of June, Delta will continue its industry-leading safety reputation and support the National Safety Council by offering safety tips in the air and on the ground."

In May, Delta again was honored by OSHA with Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certification for its St. Louis airport customer service facility. VPP status is awarded to companies that implement and maintain workplace health and safety programs that go above and beyond federal regulations and industry standards. Since 2000, Delta has received VPP Star status at six sites, including its maintenance facility in Atlanta and its airport customer service facility in Kansas City, Mo. Nationwide, only one in approximately 5,000 worksites have received VPP status. Delta and Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines are the only commercial airlines to attain VPP status.

During the VPP celebration for the St. Louis facility, OSHA Regional Director Glenn Taylor said OSHA held Delta's facility "in the highest regard - the cream of the crop, the best of the best as far as OSHA is concerned.

"The employees and management of Delta are to be commended for a strong commitment to safety and health. Delta recognizes that safety is good business that safety pays," Taylor said.

During National Safety Month in June, Delta is promoting the National Safety Council's recommendations for injury prevention by encouraging customers and employees to practice safe driving, workplace safety, emergency preparedness and home safety.

This is the 10th anniversary of National Safety Month. This year's theme is Making the World a Safer Place.

About the Author

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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