Todd Surber, International Association of Firefighters Local F-107 president, signs the agreement forming an alliance comprised of employee unions, Robins Air Force Base and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Alliance will meet regularly to discuss measures to prevent safety and health hazards. (U. S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)
8/15/2014 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Robins is now formally part of an alliance with the primary mission of maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.
With a shared commitment of preventing hazards while raising awareness of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, the alliance involves four participants: Robins Air Force Base, the OSHA Atlanta-East Area Office, the American Federation of Government Employees Local 987 and the International Association of Firefighters Local F-107.
It will now collectively be known as the Robins Air Force Base Alliance.
During a signing ceremony Aug. 8 in Bldg. 169, the collaborative relationship was formed before a crowd of roughly 100 workers as representatives from each group provided their signatures.
Signing on behalf of the base were Col. Chris Hill, Installation commander, and Brig. Gen. Cedric George, then-Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex commander who said he was especially honored to participate in what marked his last full day at Robins.
"Why do we do this?" he asked.
"Because we cannot have our most vital asset - our people - in harm's way."
As part of the agreement, alliance members will meet regularly and work proactively in tackling potential work hazards by training employees on occupational safety and health issues, outreach and communication.
"Safety is a culture," said Teresa Harrison, Southeast regional administrator for OSHA. "It's a culture that is changing, and I'm so proud of the base for adjusting."
Hill thanked the leadership of OSHA and said the proclamation cements a commitment for safety in the workplace.
"This partnership not only represents how far we've come, but how far we need to go," he said. "This is not the finish line. This is a step."