Delta Air Lines recently became the eighth participant in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Corporate Pilot, according to a recent agency press release. 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. Delta incorporates pictorial job safety analyses into worksite training programs that let employees view the specific equipment and/or tasks on which they are being trained.