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09/26/13 12:00 AM

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East's Public Works Department (PWD) Sasebo marked four years and 1.5 million hours of service performed with no lost time mishaps, Sept. 16.

"This achievement is truly a team effort and an indication of great leadership and care across PWD Sasebo," said Fleet Activities Sasebo Public Works Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Dean Allen.

"Safety starts from the first day an employee reports to work," explained PWD Sasebo Production Officer, Karl Dreikorn. "The first week on the job consists of general safety policies and regulations with specific safety training, related to the job trade they are assigned to. During this training a course in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is given with proper fit testing and issue of the individual's PPE."

Dreikorn said that PWD Sasebo's daily work begins with five minutes' stretching to prevent pulled muscles on the job site, followed by shop foremen discussing job assignments and related safety issues with employees. Shop foremen also meet with the facility manager to discuss job assignments and associated safety controls, and again later in the week to discuss the next week's workload and related safety issues. This information is then passed down to all employees.

Employee participation is critical to any safety program. PWD Sasebo regularly communicates safety matters to its employees, ensures they have access to related information and facilitates employee involvement in hazard identification, assessment and prioritization. In addition, safety training and the evaluation of management systems are emphasized. Participation gives employees the means to develop and express their safety commitment to themselves and their fellow workers. Procedures have been established to enable employees to report work-related accidents promptly, and management promptly responds to reports and recommendations.

"It's important to remember that in an effective safety management system, supervisors don't discourage employees from reporting safety hazards and making recommendations about incidents or hazards, or from participating in the safety process," Dreikorn added. "Safety is absolutely paramount, and we as a team fully support anything that makes safety our number one priority."


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