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July 31, 2014

Delta Air Lines receives safety, health award from MNOSHA, recognized Aug. 5

Workplace safety and health representatives from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) will recognize Delta Air Lines' Minneapolis Customer Engagement Center as a Minnesota Star (MNSTAR) Program worksite Aug 5. The recognition event will be at 11 a.m. at 7500 Airline Drive in Minneapolis.

"We are pleased to reward Delta's reservations division for its outstanding safety and health achievements," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. "Because of their ongoing efforts to reduce on-the-job injuries and illnesses, more workers go home safe and healthy each day."

MNSTAR is a Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) program that recognizes worksites where managers and employees work together to develop safety and health management systems.

To achieve this award, Delta's management and employees at the reservations center worked with DLI's MNOSHA consultants to go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards and develop ways to prevent job-related injuries and illnesses.

"OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs, including the MNSTAR Program, are a great validation of Delta's culture of safety and our commitment to always run a reliable operation for our employees and customers," said John Laughter, Delta Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance's senior vice president. "We are very proud of our Minneapolis customer engagement center for their teamwork and steadfast dedication to Delta's deepest core value."

Delta's Minnesota Customer Engagement Center, known as "The voice of Delta," has approximately 425 employees. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The Minneapolis-St. Paul market is one of Delta's key airline hubs.

Commissioner Peterson and other DLI representatives will commemorate the organization's employee-employer relationship by presenting a MNSTAR flag and a certificate that exempts the facility for three years from MNOSHA Compliance scheduled inspections.

MNSTAR began in Minnesota in January 1999, and is modeled after the federal OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which began in 1982. There are currently 36 MNSTAR worksites in Minnesota. For more information, visit www.dli.mn.gov/WSC/Mnstar.asp.

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