Council discusses summer safety,
drugs, post statistics at quarterly meeting
|By Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff
Fort McCoy’s Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community
Health Promotion Council held its last meeting for fiscal year 2012 July
10. The council discussed a variety of safety-related topics affecting
the Fort McCoy community.
Deb Heise-Clark, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety specialist,
presented information on summer safety hazards.
When participating in outdoor activities, remaining hydrated and wearing
proper attire help mitigate risks associated with heat and sun exposure,
Additional summer weather concerns include thunderstorms and tornadoes.
During these conditions people should seek indoor shelter and stay off
the water, which is the most dangerous place to be.
Food safety during outdoor leisure activities is another concern, Heise-Clark
said. Food must not be unrefrigerated for more than two hours. Keep food
in separate coolers from beverages to prevent decreases in temperature,
as beverage coolers are opened more frequently, she said.
During water activities personnel should wear life vests and never leave
When hitting the road for summer travels motorists can check the website
www.511wi.gov for road conditions and construction, Heise-Clark said.
She also talked about ergonomic positioning of hands on steering wheels.
“Drivers should keep both hands on the outside of the steering wheel
with thumbs along the face of the wheel. Grips should be firm, yet
gentle. Hands should be positioned at the nine and three or eight and
four o’clock positions,” she said.
For those who like to visit yard sales precautions should be taken
against buying or using faulty and/or dangerous products, Heise-Clark
People should check items they purchase against the
Scott Zaehler, the Fort McCoy Alcohol and Drug Control officer, briefed
council members on drug trends in the area including the use of spice,
bath salts and heroin.
Spice, a synthetic marijuana-type drug is banned by the Drug Enforcement
Administration in the U.S., Zaehler said. The drug, which is
most-popular among youth and young adults, cannot be tested by the Army
Drug Testing Laboratories, however, samples can be submitted to the
Criminal Investigation Command for testing. For more information about
drug testing in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-2441.
Bath salts, another synthetic drug that recently has been making
national headlines, are in the process of being banned by President
Barack Obama who signed legislation for the ban July 9. Cases of their
misuse should be reported to the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES)
at 608-388-2000 for investigation. Personnel also should be aware that
the use of heroin is on the rise in the region, Zaehler said. Instances
of heroin use also should be reported to DES.
For those needing to dispose of prescription drugs, in addition to the
twice-yearly National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the
installation, the Tomah and Sparta Police Departments each have
permanent prescription drug drop-off containers at their entrances,
The Workers’ Compensation Office reported that claims for the fourth
quarter were down. The lower number in claims can be attributed to
training and educating the work force on safety.
Randy Eddy, ISO safety manager, said that among the more than 11,000
military personnel on post in June there were only 13 reportable
injuries, none of which were Class A or B (major fatality, injury or
Capt. Rick Jackson of the Fort McCoy Police Department said 176 traffic
citations were issued last quarter at the installation. Speeding
accounted for the most offenses followed by failure to stop at a stop
sign. Thirty-two traffic accidents occurred, with the majority being
caused by vehicles backing up.
Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette
Jr. said personnel in the Fort McCoy community who witness traffic
violations should report the license plate number to the Fort McCoy
Police Department by calling 608-388-2266. “Everyone needs to be the
eyes of the installation,” he said.
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott said installation
personnel should start focusing on winterization needs in building and
In order to reduce the possibility of budgetary challenges in fiscal
year 2013, work orders and requests should be submitted as soon as
possible, Nott said.
For more information about safety in the Fort McCoy community, call