BOSS Safety Factor
October 11, 2010
<b>BOSS Safety Factor</b>
<b>What is it' </b>
The BOSS Safety Factor is a presentation specifically developed to target younger Soldiers who are prone to high-risk activities and is designed for use during Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) meetings.
<b>What has the Army done' </b>
The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center developed the BOSS Safety Factor in 2008 when the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command asked for a presentation to promote safety to its BOSS members.
The BOSS Safety Factor is designed to build hazard awareness and encourage Soldiers to think about safety during their off-duty hours, but not without a little fun. This year\'s updated four-part presentation incorporates humor from comedians who reinforce safety messages in video clips dispersed throughout the briefing. The performers are either former Soldiers-turned-comedians or entertainers who have visited troops stateside and overseas. Beginning Oct.1, a new presentation module will be released at the beginning of each quarter throughout fiscal 2011 via the <a href="https://safety.army.mil" target="_blank"> USACR/Safety Center </a> and <a href="http://boss.armymwr.com" target="_blank"> BOSS on Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command website</a>.
In addition to the presentation, the BOSS Safety Factor kit provides posters and pamphlets highlighting the Army's most common personality types for posting on unit safety boards and within unit facilities.
<b>Why is this important to the Army' </b>
From the beginning of fiscal 2009 through the third quarter of fiscal 2010, our Army lost more than 200 Soldiers to off-duty accidents. During the same timeframe, approximately 1,200 more Soldiers were injured or suffered negative results from engaging in careless or high-risk behavior in their off-duty time.
<b>What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future' </b>
The USACR/Safety Center will continue to initiate the BOSS Safety Factor and other products in an effort to heighten Soldier awareness of the risks associated with on- and off-duty activities.
<a href="https://safety.army.mil" target="_blank"> USACR/Safety Center </a>
<a href="http://boss.armymwr.com" target="_blank"> BOSS on Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command website</a>