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January 25, 2013

Safety

Quarterly meeting focuses on FY 2012 statistics, winter precautions

By Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff

Safety topics relating to the Fort McCoy community were discussed Jan. 9.

The Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council, comprised of safety representatives from installation garrison and tenant activities, meets quarterly to share information and promote safety at the installation.

Randy Eddy, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager, facilitated the meeting and said a wealth of information is available in the Winter Safety Campaign section of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website at https://safety.army.mil/.

The Fort McCoy garrison had 16 recordable injuries in calendar year (CY) 2012, a decrease of 10 from CY 2011, Eddy said.

The Army reported a record low injury year in FY 2012, said Lt. Col. Rich Harvey, Fort McCoy Garrison deputy commander.

Harvey shared the Annual Army Safety message, “Army Safety 2012 — A Year in Review and The Year Ahead.” The message, signed by top Army leadership, said the Army had its third-safest year on record in FY 2012.

The message also states safety should be treated as an imperative, not just a priority. Safety is non-negotiable in all that is done, both on- and off duty.

This can be accomplished with several steps the letter says. Commanders should evaluate their unit safety culture and the degree of organizational risk through the Army Readiness Assessment Program. Commanders at all levels must ensure timely completion of accident reports and all leaders must know what their Soldiers are doing off duty.

The letter can be found at https://safety.army.mil/ in the Messages from Leaders section.

Tracy Saboy, Fort McCoy Health Clinic Chief, said the Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) still has flu shots available.
“This is a bad flu season,” he said. “If you haven’t had your flu shot and you’re a (Common Access Card) holder, you can come in and get your shot.”

The OHC, building 2669, is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Don Vender, ISO safety specialist, presented information about the Fort McCoy Amnesty Program.

“If someone finds ammunition there are ways to turn it in without fear of prosecution,” Vender said.

Any unexpended munitions are considered hazardous and should be turned in or reported, he said.

Small-arms ammunition up to and including .50 caliber should be turned into the Ammunition Supply Point (ASP), building 9036, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Items larger than .50 caliber should be recognized, retreated from and reported. If the ordnance is found in the cantonment area it should be reported to the Directorate of Emergency Services at 608-388-2000, or if found in the field to Range Operations at 608-388-4848, Vender said.

Anyone with questions about the Amnesty Program or about how or where to store ammunition, can call Vender at 608-388-6449 or the ASP at 608-388-2820.

Other topics discussed were:
• The Challenge Academy began a new class Jan. 17; if personnel see unaccompanied Challenge Academy youth they should call the academy at 608-269-9000.
• Organizations that have concerns about the snow-plowing schedule or map should contact the Help Line at 608-388-4357.
• Personnel should also exhibit caution and not make illegal maneuvers when driving behind snow plows. The police department will be shadowing the plows and enforcing the laws.

Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Bissonette summarized the meeting by saying a culture of safety must be developed at Fort McCoy. “We need to prevent accidents before they happen.”

For more information about Fort McCoy safety, contact the ISO at 608-388-3403, or contact your organization’s collateral/additional duty safety officer. The next Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council meeting is Tuesday, April 9.

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