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Hugh Rooks and Brian Greenwood, jet engine mechanics, prepare an F-15 engine for a run test. The F-15 Engine Shop received its VPP Gold Banner in January.(U. S. Air Force photo/Sue Sapp)
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VPP - Going for the Gold

Posted 2/1/2013   Updated 2/5/2013 Email story   Print story


by Jenny Gordon
Robins Public Affairs

2/1/2013 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- As sites continue to participate in Robins' Voluntary Protection Program Safe Site Challenge, several will be awarded with Gold recognition today for their efforts.

They include the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (C-5) and 409th Supply Chain Management Squadron; AFLCMC/WNZ Propulsion Division and 404th Supply Chain Management Squadron; 78th Communications Squadron (Zone 6); 78th Mission Support Group command section; and 78th Medical Group Family Health Clinic.

They join the 561st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15 Engine Shop, 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Support Squadron F-15 Planning Shop, 561st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15 Cell 2, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex Quality Office and the 402nd Electronics Maintenance Support Squadron Engineering Flight, which were presented with Gold banners in January.

All the sites had major VPP accomplishments, robust leadership and employee involvement, strong safety management systems incorporating worksite analysis, hazard prevention and recurring employee training; through housekeeping, wingman events, and good use of ergonomic principles throughout all work areas.

The Safe Site Challenge continues as the installation's premier platform for strengthening and reinforcing employee involvement and participation in the local safety and health program. To date, there are 172 work center sites at Robins which have achieved Gold status; 111 Silver, 27 Bronze and 24 Green sites.

Collectively, those roll up into eight OSHA Star application areas designated at Robins. They include the 402nd Electronics Maintenance Group, 402nd Maintenance Support Group, 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group, 402nd Commodities Maintenance Group, Life Cycle Management Center, 448th Supply Chain Management Wing, 78th Air Base Wing and Air Force Sustainment Center - OLs, and the 402nd Software Maintenance Group, which was recertified an OSHA Star Site last fall.

"Currently, our RAFB management-union partnership is undertaking a thorough review of how well VPP is being sustained locally. We expect to incorporate Bronze, Silver and Gold safe site checklists to further strengthen the safety and health management system across all work centers," said Allen Quattlebaum, 78th Air Base Wing VPP program manager.

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