AFRL Sensors Directorate recognized with OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star Site safety award

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate received recognition as an Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program Star Site April 14 during a ceremony held at the directorate.

"This is a big deal - the journey you have taken to get here is huge," said Leonard Litton III, Department of Defense Director of Personnel Risk Reduction. "This organization is more efficient, more effective, and most importantly, every individual who works here is more likely to go home at the end of each day safely to their family and their loved ones with no injuries as compared to others who work for organizations who have not taken the steps you have taken here to achieve this status," he said.

During the ceremony, Litton presented a congratulatory letter from Brad Carson, performing the duties of the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to Ruth Moser, director of the Sensors Directorate. The letter stated that the directorate is one of only 56 certified VPP Star sites in the Department of Defense and one of less than 2,300 OSHA certified VPP Star sites in the country.

"The VPP Star recognition recognizes the Sensor Directorate's accomplishments as an exemplary worksite with a comprehensive, successful safety and health management system that exceeds requirements at all levels," wrote Carson. "You should all be proud that you have sustained a culture change that will yield a safe workplace both now and for future generations of employees."

"You all have worked your tails off to get this VPP status. Through seven years of trying to get here, you did not give up. Trust me when I say this - we need organizations like you," said Kenneth Montgomery, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Area Director, Cincinnati Area Office, who presented an OSHA VPP Star status plaque to the directorate.