By U.S. ArmyFebruary 26, 2014
What is it?
The Army readiness Assessment Program is a web-based tool that provides battalion or equivalent commanders with data on their formations' readiness posture by sampling unit safety climate and culture in five areas: process auditing, reward system, quality control, risk management, and command and control.
What has Army Safety done?
Base on a recent change to AR 385-10 (27 NOV 2013), commanders or their representatives will ensure that all battalions and battalion-equivalent organizations initiate enrollment into the ARAP within 90 days of assumption of command.
In a profession with inherent risks, it is incumbent upon organizations to capitalize on managing factors that impact safety climate and culture. Leaders recognize ARAP as the only safety assessment tool that provides immediate feedback to assist in directing limited resources and saving lives. Data show that organizations with low ARAP scores are more likely to have a Class A accident or fatality: to better understand this, commanders are ensuring 100 percent participation to gauge their command's footprint. They are using ARAP as not only a management tool to assess their organizations, but also to gain perspective as to why individuals accept unnecessary risk.
What does Army Safety have planned for the future?
It is critical that safety programs be focused on addressing risky behavior. Commanders, directors and safety managers should use ARAP as an integrated tool for meeting or exceeding specific safety occupational health objectives outlined annually by the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff.
Why is this important to the Army?
Leaders across the Army are integrating ARAP as a key component to accomplishing their fiscal 2014 safety objectives. Using ARAP results, leaders and supervisors may be more proactive in developing preventive measures to reduce accidental loss. During fiscal 2013, Soldiers in units across the Army completed nearly 8,000 ARAP surveys -- a number that reflects leaders' beliefs that the tool is an indispensable part of every organization's strategic safety plan. As an institutionalized program, ARAP will continue to provide metrics for assessing safety climate and culture, thereby facilitating needed change and saving lives.