US Army looks to modernize safety doctrine

Sweeping changes to Army Safety doctrine, training, and ease of accident reporting are the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center’s top priorities, explained Brig. Gen David J. Francis as he addressed safety professionals from around the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command during an inaugural safety summit at Anniston Army Depot recently.

That was reported by Lori Yerdon, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

“Our mission at the USACRC is to assist commanders with loss prevention as we deploy our Soldiers and Civilians to the most dangerous places on earth,” Francis said. “To do that effectively, we need to revamp the Army Safety program from top to bottom to ensure our warfighters are prepared for the next mission, wherever it will take them.”

Francis outlined details of the safety program’s overhaul and explained how safety professionals can become part of the solution rather than being “problem admirers.”

“We’ve deliberately and continuously solicited input from safety professionals around the Army on how we can do better,” Francis said. “We have three lines of effort driving our safety modernization that supports warfighter readiness and enhances loss prevention, all of which are integral with mission and command.”

For the first line of effort, Francis described how modernizing the Army Safety and Occupational Health Program and revising safety policies and regulations will ensure requirements get to an unambiguous level executable by commanders.

“When I first took this job, an 11-inch high stack of safety regulations were put on my desk,” he said. “The bottom line is when you have a stack that’s 11 inches high, it’s imperative to whittle that down to the most common elements and determine the most important things needed to express across our Army in terms of safety and occupational health and risk management.

“We realize there’s duplication in many of our regulations and DA Pams,” Francis added. “Sometimes guidance …read more

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