Safety officers undergo training

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Gerald Hilliard (front right), Installation Safety and Occupational Health safety specialist, and Staff Sgt. Richard Jones (front left), motor pool sergeant, 94th AAMDC, discuss equipment safety practices as Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Myrice (back right), safety NCO,  and Staff Sgt. George Torres, medic, both with 94th AAMDC, listen in during a training seminar, here, March 13.

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Gerald Hilliard (front right), Installation Safety and Occupational Health safety specialist, and Staff Sgt. Richard Jones (front left), motor pool sergeant, 94th AAMDC, discuss equipment safety practices as Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Myrice (back right), safety NCO, and Staff Sgt. George Torres, medic, both with 94th AAMDC, listen in during a training seminar, here, March 13.

Story and photos by
Sgt. 1st Class Karry James
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Safety officers with the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment attended a four-day seminar at 94th AAMDC headquarters, here, March 11-14, that culminated in certification.

Safety personnel with 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 94th AAMDC, located at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, also were able to take part in the training workshop via video teleconference.

The seminar was hosted by 94th AAMDC Safety and Occupational Health manager Jameelah Shareef, who has more than 24 years experience as a safety program manager.

According to Shareef, her goals for the 94th AAMDC and 5th BCD safety team included creating and maintaining a world-class safety management team, which starts by training and certifying the members, but will necessitate constant work to maintain readiness and combat capability.

Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Myrice, safety NCO, 94th AAMDC, inspects the storage of a piece of equipment at the 94th AAMDC Motor Pool during the training seminar.

Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Myrice, safety NCO, 94th AAMDC, inspects the storage of a piece of equipment at the 94th AAMDC Motor Pool during the training seminar.

“I firmly believe that implementing and maintaining an effective unit safety program and effective use of my safety officers are the key to a successful safety program,” Shareef said. “However, this will require continuous effort by me, my command team, leaders at all levels, Soldiers and even their families.”

Over the course of the seminar, Installation Safety and Occupational Health specialist Gerald Hilliard conducted a courtesy walk-though inspection at the 94th AAMDC motor pool on Fort Shafter Flats.

Hilliard has 20 years of military experience as a safety noncommissioned officer for six units, and five years of Army safety experience at the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Safety Office.

When asked what safety officers and NCOs should keep at the forefront of their minds when conducting motor pool inspections, Hilliard responded, “Soldiers should be aware of hazards to minimize and/or eliminate risks in the motor pool.

“It is important that all Soldiers, at every level, know the safety hazards that exist in their workplace and how to eliminate and/or minimize them to ensure a safe working environment,” he said.

As Hilliard walked around, he pointed out several items that needed correction, such as having signs that let people know exactly what hazards they might encounter as they walk in.

Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Myrice, safety NCO, 94th AAMDC, attended the seminar and said that the training is crucial to his position in that it will allow him to increase the unit’s safety awareness.

“Being a safety NCO is important because you can help keep all Soldiers safe in all that they do daily and ensure that we have no injuries or death within the unit, so we can continue on with the mission safely,” Myrice said.

“The biggest take-away for me from this training is knowing exactly what to look for (to keep Soldiers safe),” Myrice added.

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