148th Fighter Wing Presented as First Air Force Unit to Receive the VPP STAR

The 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. was presented with OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008.  The award was presented by the Honorable William C. Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and the Honorable Edwin G. Foulke, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)  (Released)

The 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. was presented with OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008. The award was presented by the Honorable William C. Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and the Honorable Edwin G. Foulke, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald) (Released)

The 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. was presented with OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008.  The VPP STAR flag was presented by the Honorable Edwin G. Foulke, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health to U.S. Air Force Col Mark R. Johnson, Wing Commander.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)  (Released)

The 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. was presented with OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008. The VPP STAR flag was presented by the Honorable Edwin G. Foulke, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health to U.S. Air Force Col Mark R. Johnson, Wing Commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald) (Released)

The Honorable William C. Anderson (far right), Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and the Honorable Edwin G. Foulke (far left), Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health present the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. with OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008.  The 148th is the first Air Force unit to receive OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)  (Released)

The Honorable William C. Anderson (far right), Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and the Honorable Edwin G. Foulke (far left), Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health present the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. with OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008. The 148th is the first Air Force unit to receive OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald) (Released)

The Honorable William C. Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, speaks to members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008.  The wing was presented as the first Air Force unit to receive OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)  (Released)

The Honorable William C. Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, speaks to members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008. The wing was presented as the first Air Force unit to receive OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald) (Released)

Duluth, Minn. -- The 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. was presented with OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program STAR rating at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008. 

The award was presented by the Honorable William C. Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Logistics and the Honorable Edwin G. Foulke, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. 

In February 2008, a team of OSHA VPP experts performed an on-site assessment of the 148th Fighter Wing and recommended the Wing for a "Star" rating. The 148th FW is the first unit in the Air Force to earn the VPP Star rating, which demonstrates a measurable process to show excellence in occupational safety and health. 

The Voluntary Protection Program provides a measurable process to show excellence in occupational safety and health. VPP participants are recognized based on their written safety and health management system, sustained superior performance, and a commitment to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards. In addition to reviewing extensive documentation, OSHA conducts an on-site evaluation to judge how well the site's safety and protection system is working. 

The 148th began the VPP process 18-months ago, started working with a local, civilian mentor from the Minnesota Power Company 12-months ago, and then submitted their official VPP application to OSHA in October 2007.