By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran, NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Twenty-two members from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA), Public Works Department (PWD) Naples, civilian contractors, construction managers, engineering technicians and shop supervisors attended Contract Hazard Awareness Training at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy Jan. 26 - 30.
The training was a 40-hour course that ensured PWD employees and the local NAVFAC contract partners who attended understand and know how to do their jobs using safe methods. This training provided the "how-to", and focused specifically on learning how to better understand their obligations to run a safe work environment, and the government's role in safety.
"This training was being conducted to better equip our personnel with the knowledge of the Corps of Engineer Safety Requirements," said NAVFAC EURAFSWA Safety Manager David Halley.
NAVFAC Far East Safety Manager, James Arriola, taught the hazard awareness training in Naples, Italy; Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain; and Rota, Spain; making it the first time it was conducted in the past four years for the EURAFSWA region.
During the course, Arriola went over the new version of the Army Corps of Engineers EM-385-1-1 manual, Safety and Health Requirements Manual, which describes safety and health requirements for all Corps of Engineers activities and operations, including NAVFAC construction contracts. Following this manual is supposed to help all contractors working on Department of Defense projects meet all the necessary safety requirements to ensure success on all their current and future Federal projects.
The course provided knowledge and skill to perform basic mishap investigations and to develop report, abstracts, and lessons learned to share with other construction sites. It also provided the importance of safety management, APP, AHAs, and how to use the EM 385-1-1 manual.
"This course was a good reminder to take every job and its safety precautions seriously," said Equipment Operator 2nd Class Elliot Bunek, PWD Naples license examiner and course student. "The most important thing I took away from this class is to make sure that everyone knows their job and what is required of them pertaining to safety; make sure to double check things because you can't put a price on someone's life."
PWD Bahrain Regional Contract Safety Manager Theresia Reistad said the benefit of this training program was to ensure participants understand hazard awareness and hazard mitigation on construction sites, and the regulations or standards to apply.