Fort McCoy News April 25, 2014

Council meets to discuss safety-related topics

STORY & PHOTO BY GENEVE N. MANKEL
Public Affairs Staff

The Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory/Community Health Promotion Council held its quarterly meeting April 8.

The forum allows installation organizations a forum to discuss safety-related concerns and to promote safety and community health.

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Members of the Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory/Community Health Promotion Council gathered April 8 discuss safety-related topics affecting the installation community.

Safety Office
Deb Heise-Clark, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety specialist, facilitated the meeting. She said the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center spring safety campaign is underway.

The campaign includes videos, posters, resources and articles focusing on topics such as home safety, sports and recreation, electrical safety, distracted driving and private motor vehicles.

Campaign materials are available through the website, https://safety.army.mil.

Randy Eddy, ISO safety manager, encouraged personnel to visit the ISO SharePoint site.

He said many items, including the monthly Safety Information Message and the recently-updated safety regulation, are available.

Eddy also said new signage will be added to the intersection of South S. Street and 11th Avenue.

The ISO has recently received many complaints about motorists thinking the intersection is a four-way stop, he said.

New signage on the stop signs will indicate that "cross-traffic does not stop."

Training
The next Supervisor Orientation training session will be July 17, Heise-Clark said. The course is required for all garrison supervisors.

For more information or to register, call the ISO at 608-388-3403.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation two-day Basic Rider Course (BRC) training again will be offered free of charge to active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members, Heise-Clark said.

Training sessions will be held April 30-May 1; May 28-29; June 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 28-29; July 16-17 and 23-24; Aug. 13-14 and 27-28 and Sept. 10-11 and 24-25.

Registration can be done through the Installation Management Command Registration System at https://apps.imcom.army.mil/AIRS/default.aspx.

For more information about the BRC or motorcycle safety, contact Tim Cumberworth at 608-388-7712.

Additional topics
Tim Sullivan, Occupational Health Clinic representative, presented the information everyone should know about ticks:

• Ticks crawl up.
• All ticks come in small, medium and large sizes.
• Ticks can be active in winter.
• Ticks carry disease-causing microbes.
• Only deer ticks transmit Lyme disease bacteria.
• For most tick-borne diseases, you have at least 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection.
• Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin.
• The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with pointy tweezers.
• Clothing with built-in tick repellent is best for preventing tick bites.
• Tick bites and tick-borne disease are completely preventable.

Sullivan said anyone who gets a tick bite on the installation should take the tick to the OHC so it can be tested for diseases.

Personnel can also visit the clinic, building 2669, to have a tick they got while working at the installation removed.

Don Vender, ISO safety specialist, informed the council that with the increase in training, there is an increase in the use of explosives.

Personnel should be vigilant with following safety procedures.

An increase in training also can lead to an increase in unexploded ordnance (UXO).

He said any UXO found in the cantonment area should be reported to the Directorate of Emergency Services at 608-388-2000.
If found in the field, call Range Operations at 608-388-4848.

During the roundtable discussion, Sgt. Tony Green, Wisconsin State Patrol Academy representative, shared safety information regarding driving on interstate roadways:
• Motorists cannot pull over on interstates in order to make phone calls. Stopping is for emergencies only.
• Drivers who pull over for emergencies should pull over as far to the right from the road as possible; at a minimum the vehicle's right tires should be completely off the asphalt to avoid being hit by passing traffic. Additionally, turn on hazard lights, lift the vehicle hood, and remain in the vehicle until assistance arrives.
• Interstate roadways must continually flow and not be impeded. To accomplish this, motorists should use only the left lane for passing. It is against the law to drive in the left lane.
• Motorists driving on interstates have the right of way when other vehicles are entering the interstate. Motorists entering the flow of traffic must yield to motorists already on the interstate.

More information about the Wisconsin State Patrol and motor vehicle laws is available at the website http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/statepatrol/.

Personnel who have safety-related concerns, or information they would like presented at a council meeting, should contact their organization's collateral/additional duty safety officer or the Fort McCoy ISO at 608-388-3403.

The next Safety and Occupational Health Advisory/Community Health Promotion Council meeting is Tuesday, July 8.