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Army Safety and Occupational Health Strategic Plan

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Years of war and stress compounded with economic crisis require us to carefully analyze and assess how we balance the force and manage our priorities on behalf of Soldiers and their families."

- Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, at the March 29 Association of the United States Army's Installations Symposium and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, asserted his focus on the importance of investing in people.

Rebalancing through creative sustainability Westphal's vision for Army

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"You can do it. You've just gotta have heart and motivation. It's the Army values - never quit. That's what pushed me through it today… I love winning. I love competing ... The only thing different about this is I was competing against the males."

- Spc. Elisha Helsper's message for female Soldiers hesitant about combatives. She represented Idaho National Guard and took on the men for the flyweight division championship and made history as the first woman to reach the finals of an Army combatives tournament.

National Guard Combatives Tournament draws record field

CALENDAR

March 2010

Women’s History Month (Women in the U.S. Army)

Brain Injury Awareness Month


April 2010

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Month of the Military Child

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Safety and Occupational Health Strategic Plan

What is it?

Safety is about standards - setting standards and enforcing standards. The Army Safety and Occupational Health Strategic Plan integrates our efforts and communicates the Army's vision and goals for safety and occupational health.

What has the Army done?

After more than a decade of decreases, accidents increased across the services with the onset of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Army leaders at every level aggressively attacked the causes of the increase and were able to reverse the trend. The Army deployed an array of tools and achieved improvement across the board. These included: the Army Traffic Safety and Training Program (ATSTP) to improve driver safety; weapons immersion to counter unintentional discharge; Ground Risk Assessment Tool; Travel Planning System (TRiPS); Rollover Trainers; vehicle safety enhancements; Driver's Training Toolbox; and Family and peer-to-peer engagement kits.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army Safety and Occupational Health Strategic Plan outlines objectives for increasing operational and workplace safety and health and provides strategic planning and direction for Army safety and occupational health programs. It requires developments of action plans to achieve safety and occupational health goals and objectives. Progress towards achieving the goals and objectives will be tracked and periodically reported to Army leadership. The plan reaffirms Composite Risk Management (CRM) as the basis for the Army safety and occupational health program. CRM has proven its value as a decision-making tool for the analysis and control of risks associated with an activity and has been crucial in controlling risk and enhancing readiness.

Why is this important to the Army?

Soldiers, our families and civilians are our most cherished assets. Ensuring their safety and health is a top priority - and everyone's responsibility. The Army is confident the actions outlines in this plan will reduce accidents, illness, and loss, while improving readiness, force stability, and well-being.

Resources:

Army Safety and Occupational Health Strategic Plan

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