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February 10, 2012


Quarterly council meeting discusses safety

Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff

The Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council held its quarterly meeting Feb. 2 to discuss safety-related topics affecting the Fort McCoy community.

Although Fort McCoy has experienced a mild winter, personnel still should be aware of winter hazards for walking and driving.
PHOTO: Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy, Installation Safety Office safety manager, welcomes the Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council members. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy, Installation Safety Office safety manager, welcomes the Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council members to the Feb. 2 meeting. Council members from garrison and tenant activities at Fort McCoy meet quarterly to discuss safety topics affecting the installation.

Deb Heise-Clark, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety specialist, said slips and falls most likely occur in parking lots, and on steps/stairs and sidewalks. Personnel should be extra cautious when walking in these areas.

Heise-Clark also advised personnel who will be traveling to first visit the website www.511wi.gov to check Wisconsin winter road conditions for major highways and interstates in Wisconsin. The website can also be used to determine the conditions of roads surrounding the major roads. “If an interstate is showing slippery stretches (on the website), there’s a good chance the roads around that area will be as slippery as well,” she said.

The ISO has obtained several ergonomic chair samples from General Services Administration vendors, Heise-Clark said. Installation employees can “test drive” the chairs at the ISO facility prior to purchasing a new chair.

For more information about ergonomic furniture, or to sample the ergonomic chairs at the ISO, contact Heise-Clark at 608-388-3403.

Upcoming safety-related courses include the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses.

Heise-Clark said registration for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse, which begins in April, is available online at the website www.ridesafewi.com. (Phone registration will be available Feb. 15). The courses are free to active, Guard and Reserve servicemembers.

Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette said the MSF will provide custom-scheduled courses to military units that have a number of Soldiers who can attend at one time.

Safety Orientation training for supervisors offered Feb. 14

Supervisor Orientation Training for Safety/Occupational Health and Worker’s Compensation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The Installation Safety Office and Civilian Personnel Advisory Center are providing the training.

The training is a onetime requirement for all garrison supervisors of federal appropriated fund employees as mandated in Fort McCoy Safety Policy P-9 in Fort McCoy Regulation 385-10.

The course focuses on the supervisor’s role in the Safety Program and provides information on how to create a positive safety culture within their organization.

 Instruction also will cover the Federal Employees Compensation Act that supervisors need to be aware of to process claims appropriately. Other government supervisors at the installation also are welcome to attend the training.

To enroll, contact Deb Heise-Clark at debra.l.heise-clark.civ@mail.mil or 608-388-6450.

“If you call them they will work with your unit to schedule a course,” Bissonette said. The minimum number of Soldiers necessary is six and the maximum is 12, Heise-Clark said.

Contact Tim Cumberworth from the ISO at 608- 388-7712 for more information.

At Fort McCoy 196 traffic citations were issued in the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2012, down from 255 in the last quarter of FY 2011, according to Capt. Rick Jackson of the Fort McCoy Police Department. Offenses included speeding, failure to stop at stop signs, operating while intoxicated and open intoxicants. “Twelve traffic accidents resulting in property damage also occurred on the installation,” Jackson said.

Several Fort McCoy employees were recognized at the meeting for their contributions in making safety improvements in their respective facilities. Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser presented certificates of appreciation to Chelsey Smith, Child, Youth and School Services facility director, and John Kumpf, Training Support Center training aide support supervisor. Staff Sgt. Christopher Mason, Regional Training Center (RTC)-Central safety officer was not in attendance but also was recognized.

Randy Eddy, ISO safety manager said Smith’s contributions led to purchasing of safe and functional chairs for the daycare staff, and the installation of concrete sidewalks/pathways for easier maneuverability of wheeled apparatus and outside drinking fountains for the youth at the Child Development Center.

Kumpf helped with relocating the customer service area and installing a guardrail around the administrative area at the TSC warehouse to mitigate risks around the forklift maneuver area. A dock extension also was added to the warehouse.

Mason’s contributions led to installing additional sidewalks throughout RTC-Central’s building areas.

Chesser concluded the meeting by commending Fort McCoy for not having a Class A or B (major fatality, injury or property damage) accident since June 2006.

“Almost half a million servicemembers have trained at Fort McCoy in my four years here,” he said, “It’s a remarkable track record.”

For more information about Fort McCoy safety, contact the ISO at 608-388-3403, or your organization’s Collateral/Additional Duty Safety Officer.

The next Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council meeting iwill be Tuesday, April 10 in building 50, conference room A.

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