Robins Air Force Base and OSHA sign safety agreement
They signed a partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, guaranteeing the efforts to protect the well-being of the more than 23,000 employees who work on the base.
Any given day, Lacey Roller can be seen in a full-body, protective suit she wears to keep her safe as she sands down sheets of metal.
“I think it helps us to find safer ways to work and, you know, just make sure our environment is a great place to work,” Roller said.
She’s referring to the agreement Robins Air Force Base, OSHA, the AFGE Local 987 branch, and the International Association of Firefighters Local F107 signed on Friday.
The four groups are looking to make safety a culture around the base.
“This really is about safety in the workplace, and this signifies our commitment to employee safety at Robins Air Force Base,” Col. Chris Hill with the base said.
The idea began several years ago, when now president of the AFGE Local 987 branch, Robert Tidwell, noticed employees starting to get sick.
“I went to management, I wasn’t successful. I went to the union at the time, I wasn’t succesful. So I had no choice but to go to OSHA,” Tidwell said.
He adds he wanted to continue to fight to make sure employees were protected.
“I’m proud to sign this alliance, I’m proud for the workforce that’s in this building and around this base that accepted this,” Tidwell said.
“We can prevent these workers from being exposed to these hazards before they actually get hurt or sick,” William Fuller with OSHA said.
He along with officials with the base says the goal is to make sure employees, like Lacey, are safe.
“We want to emphasize trust transparency, credibility, accountability and respect,” Hill said.
“I think it’s a great idea for us to be in alliance with OSHA,” Roller said.
Officials say they plan on meeting in the coming weeks to form several training guidelines on how to present safety training to employees.