By Department of the ArmyJune 1, 2012
National Safety Month, sponsored by the nonprofit National Safety Council and observed each June, offers Army leaders a prime opportunity to energize their accident prevention efforts and engage with their Soldiers on safety. The annual event is endorsed and recognized as an official Army observance by senior Army leadership.
In accordance with senior leader guidance, the USACR/Safety Center is launching an Army wide campaign June 1 to mark National Safety Month. Media products including feature articles, posters and informational videos - with appearances by Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III - will be released weekly during June via the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website. Each weeks materials will focus on a different aspect of safety in the Army, beginning with civilian injury prevention, followed by ground operations, aviation operations and driving. All products will be available for electronic download by individual users, who may then reproduce or broadcast the information as required to meet their units needs.
The Army will continue its annual observance of National Safety Month, with the USACR/Safety Center providing supporting products and tools for users in the field. While yearly campaigns may differ in topic areas or focus, materials will always be developed according to the Armys latest accident trends and risk mitigation initiatives.
The spring and summer months are historically the most dangerous time of year for Soldiers off duty, especially regarding accidents involving privately owned vehicles, privately owned motorcycles and personal watercraft. Every day is critical when it comes to risk, and leaders, Soldiers, family members and Army civilians must work together to prevent needless losses within their formations. By using National Safety Month as a starting point for dialogue with their Soldiers, leaders can establish or enhance safety programs that pay dividends throughout the year, regardless of season.