Army Safety and Occupational Health Objectives

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What is it?

The Army Safety and Occupational Health Objectives, released annually by the Army chief of staff and secretary of the Army, provide senior leaders and subordinate commanders specific safety goals to meet in the upcoming fiscal year. The objectives fall under the Army Safety and Occupational Health Strategic Plan, which communicates leadership commitment to the safety and health of Soldiers, family members and civilian employees through accident prevention.

What has the Army done?

The Fiscal Year 2015 Safety and Occupational Health Objectives, signed Oct. 14, 2014, outline four specific mandates:

  • – The first objective is a 10 percent reduction in PMV-4 (sedan, truck, van, SUV) fatalities and a 15 percent reduction in PMV-2 (motorcycle) fatalities from fiscal 2013’s year-end totals
  • – The second objective calls for a 10 percent reduction in personnel injury-other (sports, recreation, physical training, etc.) accidents from fiscal 2013
  • – The third objective requires commanders to maintain aviation Class A accident rates at less than 1.0 per 100K flight hours
  • – The final objective mandates a 10 percent reduction in Army civilian injury accidents caused by manual equipment and material handling and slips, trips and falls from fiscal 2013

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The director of Army Safety, along with the deputy assistant secretary for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health, will continue to work with Army leadership in developing yearly objectives targeted to emerging trends in safety and accident prevention. Leaders requiring assistance with meeting their objectives may contact the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

Why is this important to the Army?

FY 2014 was the Army’s safest year on record regarding accidental Soldier fatalities and a continuation of a years-long downward trend. This year’s safety and occupational health objectives were formulated to revitalize leader commitment to protect the force from mishaps, injuries and illness while giving individual commanders latitude in addressing their formations’ unique areas of risk. This framework allows leaders to develop creative and flexible safety solutions that work for their Soldiers, thereby netting benefits for the Army as a whole in lives and dollars saved.

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