By Jenelle L. Ferguson
Safety & Occupational Health Specialist
Installation Safety Office
The commitment to safety flows throughout the workforce — from the job site to the home and the community.
Fort Meade’s leadership puts an additional emphasis on this central issue of promoting the overall importance of safety, health and wellness at home and work at the annual Safety, Health and Wellness Expo.
This year’s Safety Expo is May 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort Meade Pavilion, located at the corner of Chisholm and Llewellyn avenues.
Local, state and federal agencies as well as area businesses will have tables offering a wide range of safety, health and wellness information and interactive activities.
This is prime time to get a dose of safety awareness, officials said. The expo exemplifies the seriousness of safety in all aspects of life. Safety awareness reduces injuries and saves lives.
“Work safely is the top priority at [Fort Meade],” said Aaron Rowell, Fort Meade occupational safety and health specialist. “This expo allows us to bring increased awareness to the importance of health and safety to the entire community by highlighting the need to use good safety techniques, whether on the job or having recreational fun.”
The safety expo leads into the Memorial Day weekend, kicking off the largest vacation period of the year. This is a time when people take advantage of the warm, sunny weather — more water activities such as swimming and boating, family road trips, and outdoor activities like camping, fishing and grilling.
The expo is an opportunity to receive a variety of information at one time and at one location to showcase many resources available at Fort Meade and the surrounding areas.
The event will feature more than 65 vendor tables exhibiting products, displays and interactives as experts share their safety, health and wellness knowledge with the Fort Meade workforce and community.
On hand, to name a few, will be awareness and instructional experts on motorcycle safety, home fire safety, alcohol & drug prevention, personal protective equipment, recreation safety, fitness, suicide prevention, water/boating safety, environmental health, public health, audiology, nutrition and financial readiness.
One of the most popular areas at the expo is the drunk driving road test and Fatal Vision Alcohol and Drug Impairment Simulation Goggles.
The site is spearheaded by Lt. Daniel Schismenos, Fort Meade Traffic Chief, and several members of the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services.
Safety officials say this is where participants are offered a variety selections of impaired goggles to wear while walking on a mapped path. This interactive activity gives attendees a sobering view of what impairment can do.
“I look forward to the Fort Meade Safety Health and Wellness Expo every year,” said Keith Barr, a senior executive for MSC Industrial Supplies, who has participated at this event for more than 10 years.
“It is a great way to interact with the [service members] and civilian folks who use our types of personal protective equipment every day. We learn a lot from those interactions. Thanks to the safety office for an interactive, and educational event year after year.”
Editor’s note: For more information about the expo, call Jenelle Ferguson at 301-677-4867 or Aaron Rowell at 301-677-6241.