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GRAT: Army's new safety tool

By Chris Frazier, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

      ATLANTA -- The newest tool in the Army's arsenal of safety products, the Ground Risk Assessment Tool (GRAT), facilitates the process of identifying accident hazards and controls for a variety of ground operations and off-duty activities. 

Photo: Soldiers from the 855th Quartermaster Company, an Army Reserve unit from South Bend, Ind., train on backing procedures, including  using ground guides, on the Fort McCoy Precision Driving Course. The unit conducted Extended Combat Training in June at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Soldiers from the 855th Quartermaster Company, an Army Reserve unit from South Bend, Ind., train on backing procedures, including  using ground guides, on the Fort McCoy Precision Driving Course. The unit conducted Extended Combat Training in June at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      GRAT was designed to aid in mitigating risk by reinforcing the five-step composite risk management (CRM) process. Brig. Gen. Bill Forrester, director of Army safety and commanding general of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center (USACR/SC), said the new tool, coupled with CRM, is critical to making sound risk decisions at all levels of leadership.

      "Using GRAT in concert with the military decision-making process will help Army leaders achieve success in their missions and make safety an integral part of their planning processes," Forrester said.

      GRAT replaces the Army Management Information System -1 or ASMIS-1 Ground Tool and consists of five parts. GRAT includes  daily accident statistics; accident vignettes; current accident summaries; resources such as Army regulations, training circulars, field manuals and other guidance related to the mission or task; and an automated interactive CRM worksheet that is based on user input and selection of existing hazards and controls. Its easy-to-use information allows the user to save, e-mail or print a CRM worksheet (Department of Army Form 7566).

      USACRC Command Sgt. Maj. Tod Glidewell said GRAT is unique because it  will be updated continuously with current, relevant information from units throughout the world.

      "Using this tool allows leaders to save time, learn from others' mistakes and incorporate risk management throughout the military decision-making process," Glidewell said.

      Glidewell believes GRAT will prove a valuable asset for leaders and Soldiers.

      "The Army's mission is complex and the current operating environment challenges Soldiers with unique risks daily," Glidewell said. "Empowering Soldiers and leaders to reduce accidental loss and injury by incorporating CRM into mission planning through the use of this tool is a practice that can significantly increase combat power."

      For more information about the Ground Risk Assessment Tool visit https://crc.army.mil/grat/.

      Lt. Col. Randall Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Officer, (ISO)  said the Web site includes a tool to assist leaders complete a risk assessment for planned activities. It also provides current accident statistics and resources for learning more about CRM.

      For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the ISO at (608) 388-3403.

 

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