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October 26, 2012

Safety

Council meets to discuss safety,
health issues

By Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff

The Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council held its fall meeting Oct. 9. The council meets quarterly to discuss safety issues that pertain to the Fort McCoy community.

McCoy Safety Day,
Health Benefits Fair Oct. 31

The Installation Safety Office (ISO) will host the Fort McCoy Safety Day in conjunction with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center’s (CPAC) Health Benefits Fair Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at building 905.

Safety Day activities include the Wheel of Safety game, a fireman’s obstacle course, a fire-extinguishing station, Simulated Impaired Driving Experience, THE REF (Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility), vehicle tire inspections, and various information booths to include Operation Lifesaver. For more information, call the ISO at 608-388-3403.

The Health Benefits Fair will feature information from representatives from organizations that provide coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program including Blue Cross Blue Shield, and VSP Vision. For more information, call the CPAC at 608-388-2722.

Food will be available for purchase at the event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Requirements on how to report recordable accidents have changed. Supervisors now must submit accident reports electronically. Randy Eddy, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager, said the ISO can assist personnel with the process.

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Fall Safety Campaign, which falls under The Know the Signs campaign, is available at https://safety.army.mil/. Eddy said articles, posters and videos are available to inform personnel about fall safety topics including sports and leisure activities, weapons, and vehicles and motorcycles.

Eddy said the fiscal year (FY) 2012 Army accident fatality report stated 57 motor vehicle deaths and 48 motorcycle deaths had been recorded. Soldier indiscipline, including driving impaired, speeding and not wearing safety restraints/equipment, contributed to 37 of the motor vehicle deaths and 24 of the motorcycle deaths.

Gail Zuege, Army Substance Abuse Program drug test technician, said in FY 2012 five citations were issued for driving under the influence at Fort McCoy, down from 13 in FY 2011. Alcohol-related incidents among extended-combat-training and battle-drill-training Soldiers went down from 31 in FY 2011 to 12 in 2012. No positive tests were reported in FY 2012 during drug testing of Soldiers at the installation.

Other topics discussed during the round-table included the need to be vigilant while driving because of the increase in deer activity, keeping fire safety in mind during fall clean-up because of the dry conditions, and preparing homes and vehicles for the winter months.

For more information about Fort McCoy safety, contact the ISO at 608-388-3403, or by contacting your organization’s collateral/additional duty safety officer. The next Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

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