Emergency planning, personal protective equipment, ticks, fall protection and motorcycle safety were just some of the topics of discussion during the first Safety Day, held in the parking lot of the C4ISR Center of Excellence campus Oct. 12.
The four-hour event featured on-post subject matter experts from organizations like the APG Army Wellness Center, Army Substance Abuse Program, or ASAP, and the Directorate of Emergency Services’ APG Marine, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement Division, and off-post organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation.
Installation Safety Officer Ralph Cardenuto said “safety is paramount for readiness.”
“We would like folks to take away the importance of safety in different aspects of their life,” Cardenuto said. “Injuries do cost a lot for the government and for the country, as folks get injured they are not allowed to work.”
CECOM Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew McCoy called the event “extremely important.”
“What I want people to take away from it, is understanding the risks associated with everyday activities,” he said.
The ASAP hosted a demonstration that let attendees wear goggles that simulated drunken and drugged impairment while riding a tricycle and playing cornhole.
“Most people wait on a feeling, when actually, they are already impaired after one or two drinks,” said Lamont Coger, suicide prevention program manager with ASAP.
Joseph Lee, with CECOM, attempted to ride a tricycle with goggles that stimulated the affects of hallucinogens.
“Just to think that people do this in real life is crazy,” Lee said. “The risk and chances that you take [when you drive impaired] are a matter of life and death.”
Another interactive activity, hosted by the DES Fire and Emergency Services Division, let attendees use a pressurized water extinguisher to put out a small fire from a propane gas training device. Lt. Roger Lyons, a fire inspector, noted that Safety Day coincided with Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14.
Sandy Sanders, with the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center’s headquarters, led a session on ergonomic stretching, and taught attendees a few exercises they can do at their desks during the workday.
“My organization, CERDEC HQ, is trying to create a more productive environment by taking into account the fact that personnel sit at their desks for hours on end,” she said. “Being so sedentary has a negative effect on health, so to combat that, CERDEC HQ has initiated 15 minute ergonomic stretch sessions twice a week.”
Hai Phu, with CERDEC, said he enjoyed the educational event.
“It made me aware of some of the safety programs here at APG,” he said, adding, “And I enjoyed getting the free stuff.”