ATLANTA, June 27, 2006 – Delta Air Lines received the Henshaw Award for Corporate Leadership in Safety from SafetyXChange, an online community where safety professionals can go for new ideas, workable solutions and fresh perspectives. The inaugural “Saxcies” awards were given out in five categories and are designed to honor SafetyXChange members, both individuals and companies, for outstanding achievement and dedication to safety and health.
“We talk frequently at Delta Air Lines about safety being our No. 1 core value,” said Michael Quiello, vice president – Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance. “Our safety record, coupled with awards like the Henshaw Award and being named one of the Safest Companies in America* is proof positive that at Delta we do more than just talk the talk – we walk the walk. We are honored to be recognized for our safety practices by SafetyXChange.”
The Henshaw Award is given to a company that integrates health and safety into its essential business mission and objectives, uses safety to measure business value and success and demonstrates a leadership style that fosters vision, commitment, transparency, and employee engagement that results in sustainable health and safety performance. It is named after former Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administrator, John Henshaw.
“It's hard to imagine an industry where health and safety is more of a challenge than in the airline industry," said Glenn Demby, editor-in-chief of SafetyXChange. “In these days of rising fuel prices and ever-growing demands for productivity, it would be easy to relegate safety to a secondary priority. But Delta will have none of that. On the contrary, Delta has established itself as an airline health and safety leader.”
For the month of June, Delta is showing its support for National Safety Month, sponsored by the National Safety Council, by reminding customers and employees to buckle up, use personal protective equipment and review emergency preparedness plans. 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.
In May, Delta also was honored by OSHA with Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certification at 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.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) is one of the world’s fastest growing international carriers with more than 50 new international routes added in the last year. Delta offers flights to 460 destinations in 97 countries on Delta, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. As the world’s leading carrier between the United States and Europe, Delta offers customers more weekly flights between the United States and destinations across Europe, India and Israel than any other global airline, including service on 11 new trans-Atlantic routes launched since March. Delta also is a major carrier to Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with nearly 40 new routes announced in the last year. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.
*Named by Occupational Hazards Magazine