Off-Duty Safety Awareness Presentation

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What is it?

The Off-Duty Safety Awareness Presentation (ODSAP) is the U.S. Army’s informative safety presentation containing statistics, contributing factors, prevention tips and other relevant information regarding off-duty accidents. This presentation, developed by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is for use at battalion level and below.

What has the Army done?

With the onset of summer and the anticipated rise of off-duty accidents, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center launched its annual off-duty safety awareness presentation which is themed There are No Retakes in Real Life.

ODSAP comes complete with embedded videos and speaker notes. Facilitators can use the speaker notes as is, or modify them to fit a particular presentation style or reflect unit-specific accident trends. This presentation contains materials and statistics that highlight the role of safety in off-duty activities. It addresses risky behaviors and emphasizes the often-deadly consequences associated with fatigue, alcohol use and indiscipline.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

Leaders at all levels will remain committed and engaged in order to preserve readiness through risk management and loss prevention. The Army will continue to educate Soldiers about off-duty safety awareness, coupled with the following five-step risk management process, which must be at the heart of every Soldier’s plans.

  • Identify hazards
  • Assess hazards
  • Develop control and make decisions
  • Implement controls
  • Supervise and evaluate

Updated annually, the ODSAP reflects current accident data and trend analysis.

Why is this important to the Army?

From fiscal year 2012 through 2016, the Army lost an average of 99 Soldiers annually in off-duty mishaps. These losses affect the Army’s readiness. Hazard awareness and application of risk management before and during off-duty activities can preserve Soldier’s lives.

ODSAP is a proactive risk management tool that helps educate Soldiers on the most prevalent hazards they face, off duty.

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