AAMDC, MEDCOM conduct joint safety training

| March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
George LeFevre (standing), Medical Command Safety Management System Program and Occupational Health Program manager, instructs safety officers with the 94th AAMDC, Hawaii MEDCOM and 5th BCD on the new coordinated approach to safety management.

George LeFevre (standing), Medical Command Safety Management System Program and Occupational Health Program manager, instructs safety officers with the 94th AAMDC, Hawaii MEDCOM and 5th BCD on the new coordinated approach to safety management.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. John Johnson III
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

A representative from the Office of the Surgeon General and Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command Safety Management Office updated safety officers of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, the Hawaii Medical Command and the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment on the Army’s new safety changes, Feb. 27.

“U.S. Army MEDCOM has adopted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Department of Labor’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) criteria as MEDCOM’s safety management system. The Department of the Defense is heading towards all services having some type of safety management system,” LeFevre explained.

LeFevre’s job is to instruct subordinate commands on how to adopt and implement their own operating command model.

Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho supports VPP criteria as the basis for Army-wide safety management system programs.

Once new regulatory guidance comes out from DOD, Armywide, the new system will be the Army Safety Management System.

“What we are doing here at U.S. Army MEDCOM is helping the Army write the new doctrine,” said LeFevre. “The safety management system that the safety officer learns in Germany will be the same as the safety management system that they will learn at Fort Bragg or here in Hawaii. It’s a worldwide effort in efficiencies that cuts down on the bottom line when it comes to costs and funding.”

This program is very important in four major areas, the biggest being management commitment and employee involvement. Other major area are worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety training.

According to LeFevre, his group teaches safety officers how to get employees in their organizations involved in their commanders’ local programs, where everyone takes ownership of safety.

“Safety is the commander’s program, and this program doesn’t take that away from him,” said LeFevre. “Instead, it takes it to a different level so that everyone says “I am not just concerned about my safety but the safety of the person next to me,”” he said.

Class students here came from different backgrounds within the Army, ranging from hospital workers to missile defense personnel.

“Our goal here at the 94th AAMDC is to make sure that we are doing everything within our power to protect the Soldiers, civilians and contractors,” said Jay Shareef, safety and occupational health manager, 94th AAMDC.

Class participants said they believed that the Army is making the right move towards keeping Soldiers safe.

Sgt. 1st Class Alberto Santos, U.S. Army Health Clinic, Schofield Barracks, explained he believes the class is very important to his unit.

“Because we are accredited by a joint commission, we fall under the same lines of OSHA, and safety plays big role in our organization,” explained Santos.

By attending this training, Soldiers and Army civilians in various safety positions on Oahu should now be able to understand and implement their own safety management system within their individual units.

Class participants will be able to pass their knowledge on to others.

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