By U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Ala.
Observing safety is a conscious decision to safeguard the well-being of oneself and others, and protect the environment that we are a part of.
National Safety Month, observed annually by the U.S. Army in June and sponsored by the National Safety Council, provides a time to talk about safety and give more focus on the issue of safety in our work and personal life.
This observance is focused on reducing leading causes of injury and death for service members while on duty and off duty, while driving the nation’s roads and highways, and while in the comfort of their homes and communities.
National Safety Month offers Army leaders a prime opportunity to review and revitalize the Army’s accident prevention efforts and engage the force on loss prevention and risk management through increased awareness, recognition, mitigation and behaviorial change.
What The Army Has Done
The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, launches an Armywide campaign each June to bring attention to the importance of creating an Armywide culture of safety.
The USACRC website provides safety information and multimedia products available to help educate Soldiers and leaders.
Materials typically focus on different aspects of safety in the Army, including civilian injury prevention, ground operations, aviation operations and driving.
Efforts Planned For Future
The Army will continue its annual observance of National Safety Month with the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center providing support, with safety information by way of products and tools for users in the field.
While yearly campaigns may differ in topic areas or focus, materials will always be developed according to the Army’s latest accident trends and risk mitigation initiatives.
Leaders will continually increase their level of engagement with their subordinates to:
- Increase awareness
- Increase the recognition of hazards
- Increase the need to mitigate risk
- Increase the opportunity to change a behavior
- Decrease the opportunity for injury, death or destruction of property
Importance To The Army
Preventable accidents that result in injuries and fatalities reduce the Army’s strength and impact combat readiness.
The spring and summer months are typically the most dangerous times of year for Soldiers off duty, especially accidents involving private motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal watercraft.
Every day is critical when it comes to risk, and leaders, Soldiers, Army civilians and family members must work together to prevent needless losses within their formations, organizations and communities.
By using National Safety Month as a starting point for dialogue, leaders can establish or enhance safety programs that pay dividends throughout the year, regardless of season.