Modernizing Army Safety and Occupational Health

By Angela Welch, Communication and Public Affairs, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Novosel, AlabamaMay 2, 2023

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FORT NOVOSEL, Ala. – The Army is taking a modernized approach to safety and occupational health (SOH) by implementing the Army Safety and Occupational Health Management System (ASOHMS).

ASOHMS provides systematically managed SOH processes, which will enhance mission capabilities, reduce SOH-related mishaps and improve personnel readiness through effective risk management for Army organizations. Implementing ASOHMS ensures hazards and risk controls are well-thought-out and appropriate with the commensurate risk level, while maintaining effective controls and ultimately supporting the organization’s mission readiness.

“Applying SOHMS strategies will modernize the way the Army manages safety and occupational health to increase resiliency and improve readiness through the use of effective management strategies,” said Phillip Santee, senior safety manager at the Office of the Director of Army Safety.

The ASOHMS framework is comprised of six distinct capability objectives that include 48 measurable criteria elements: 1) Leadership engagement and personnel/Soldier participation; 2) Mishap, incident, illness reporting and investigation; 3) Training and promotion; 4) Conduct inspections and assessments; 5) Conduct hazard analysis and develop countermeasures; and 6) Health protection and readiness.

Army organizations incrementally implement ASOHMS through three stages: documentation; implementation and execution; and, finally, sustainment and continuous improvement. Successfully completing a comprehensive maturity evaluation will result in an “Army SOH Star” for organizational recognition.

Leveraging ASOHMS directly supports the Army’s ability to deploy, fight and win decisively against any adversary, anytime and anywhere.

The ASOHMS processes should be fully integrated by 2028 and recognized as a leading safety management system framework within the Department of Defense and other federal agencies,” Santee said.

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