June - National Safety Month
By Senior Airman Melissa Dearstone, 134 PA
/ Published June 29, 2016
MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, TN --
The National Safety Council is promoting June as National Safety Month to help inform the population of ways to make the environment safer.
According to the NSC, the goal for National Safety Month is to raise awareness of what it takes to stay "SafeForLife," and focus on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.
"Airmen are our most valuable assets. The loss of a single Airman affects each of us. As Airmen, not only do we need to consider the risks of each activity we are involved in both on- and off-duty, but we also need to "guard our buddies" by pointing out the risky behaviors they may be involved in," said Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Stills, with the 134th Air Refueling Wing Safety Office.
Osha.gov recorded that in 2015 there were 169,419 occupational injuries and illnesses within the Department of the Air Force alone.
"Anyone can implement risk management, said Stills. "Check out the "Check 3" tool at www.check3gps.com to make sure you have the right gear, plan, and skills to safely partake in any of the activities you are planning."
Each week will highlight a different aspect of safety. The NSC has designated the following weeks:
· Week 1 (through June 12): Stand Ready to Respond
· Week 2 (June 13-19): Be Healthy
· Week 3 (June 20-26): Watch Out for Dangers
· Week 4 (June 27-30): Share Roads Safely
For more information on safety concerns or resources, contact the local safety office or visit www.nsc.org