VPP still going strong

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • Robins Public Affairs
The Robins Voluntary Protection Program Safe Site Challenge continues to strengthen and reinforce employee involvement and participation in the local safety and health program. Central to the program's success to date has been the involvement of the American Federation of Government Employees and International Association of Firefighters, leaders, co-chairs and stewards.

Every site assessment is performed as a partnership to help ensure a thorough examination of a site's true maturity level in adhering to VPP principles.

"The local Safe Site Challenge has experienced good participation throughout calendar year 2012 with approximately 85 percent of all sites achieving Silver or Gold status," explained Allen Quattlebaum, 78th Air Base Wing VPP program manager. "Our greatest challenge is sustaining VPP culture after Gold status is initially reached. To vie for OSHA's Star recognition, injury stats must decline to comparable industry averages - something we're still striving to achieve."

In early November, there were 169 AFMC work center sites at Robins who had achieved Gold status; 114 Silver, 27 Bronze and 24 Green.

The Safe Site Challenge is also developing a number of modifications to strengthen its framework for building and maturing VPP culture.

Through comprehensive, effective workplace safety and health management systems, there are now eight OSHA Star application areas designated at Robins.

Those 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 Group Star Site this past fall. Application areas are subdivided into smaller 'Safe Site' areas; a total of 334 have been locally identified. Recent sites which have passed assessments and will receive Gold recognition include C-17 Docks 1 and 2, the F-15 Planning Office, 402nd EMXG Engineering Flight, Oxygen Shop, Aircraft Battle Damage Team in Bldg. 46 and F-15 Engine Shop.