Safety Stand-Down Day at Picatinny covers wide range of informative topics

By Eric KowalJuly 7, 2023

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PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Picatinny Arsenal officials hosted a three-day safety stand-down for employees from June 6-8 with 41 distinct safety training courses, consisting of 114 in-person sessions and 54 online sessions.

A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event in which employers inform employees about safety with the goal of preventing injuries and saving lives. Periods of instruction were held in various class and conference rooms throughout the installation, including the Lindner Conference Center, where 30 vendors showcased their safety products and services, providing employees with information and handouts.

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Armaments Center Risk Management Office, and U.S. Army Garrison Picatinny Arsenal Safety Office, combined efforts for the event in accordance with the Environment, Safety and Occupational Health (ESOH) training program. Employees gained an opportunity to learn how to perform their jobs safely, bring new ideas into the workplace, reinforce existing ideas and practices, and help to seamlessly integrate the safety, health, and environmental program into daily operations.

The Picatinny Arsenal Fire Department provided Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training as part of National CPR and AED Awareness Week. Department officials also offered courses on how to stop bleeding, and on fire extinguisher training.

Some of the other courses included electrical explosive safety, ergonomics training, unexploded ordnance, emergency action plans, range safety, and more.

Participation for in-person classes totaled more than 3,500 attendees on June 6, with an average of 125 per class. Most courses were offered four-times throughout the day, with a per-class average of 31 attendees.

Online class participation totaled more than 6,000 employees over the course of two-days, with an average of 196 per class. Online sessions were provided twice daily, for an average of 98 attendees per session.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “an estimated five-million workers have participated in Safety Stand-Down events” over the past three years.

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