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A new course released Oct. 1 by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center will simplify the safety training requirement for junior leaders entering command and Civilian supervisors looking to build their safety programs.

The Leaders Safety and Occupational Health Course consolidates three existing distributed learning courses ─ the Commanders, Managers and Supervisors Safety Courses ─ currently delivered to approximately 30,000 students annually through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System and Army Learning Management System.

“We’re excited to offer this course after two years of analysis and development,” said Dana Probert, director of the USACRC Training and Education Directorate. “The improved layout and updated content provide leaders the knowledge to manage comprehensive unit safety and occupational health programs.”

The Commanders Safety Course has been a longtime requirement for captains assuming company command per Army Regulation 385-10, The Army Safety Program. A revision to that regulation will coincide with release of the LSC during the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

“It’s imperative that first-line leaders be exposed to the risk management process and receive formal education on how to implement it in every mission,” said Brig. Gen. Andrew C. Hilmes, USACRC commanding general. “That’s the idea behind the timing of these courses being completed as junior leaders assume more responsibility. The new LSC builds on lessons learned from the previous courses and sets these young Soldiers up for success.”

Civilian leaders have historically comprised about 40 percent of enrollments between the three current courses, and the new curriculum is designed to provide the same quality instruction in one easily searchable course versus separate course offerings.

“This course is really a one-stop shop for users tasked with building or growing their safety programs,” Probert said. “It combines the best content of all three current courses, which all are valuable on their own merit, into a single training event focused on the entire Army Team.”

The nine-hour course is self-directed and comprised of six distinct modules, including an overview of requirements of the Army Safety and Occupational Health Program, a detailed lesson on the risk management process, and instruction on building safety programs at the unit level and managing safety in tactical/range environments.

Students currently enrolled in the Commanders Safety Course may continue training and receive certificates of completion through Dec. 31, 2020, without starting the new course. The Managers and Supervisors Safety Courses will remain available in ALMS through Sept. 30, 2021. Students may self-register for the new LSC in ATRRS under course number 2G-F107_DL and title LEADERS SAFETY AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH (LSC) beginning Oct. 1.

“No one who’s successfully completed one of the three previous safety courses will be required to now take the LSC,” Probert said. “Their training is still valid, though they are certainly welcome to check out the new course as a refresher. The LSC will simply be the standard after phasing out the older courses within the next year.”

Hilmes said he is eager to get feedback on the course from new users.

“Having been a company commander once, I know how valuable this information is for leaders at the unit level,” he said. “I’m excited to hear how the new content helps our young leaders keep their Soldiers safe and ready for the challenges ahead.”

For more information on the LSC, visit https://safety.army.mil.