By Leah Eclavea, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Public Affairs
SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- More than a handful of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Self-Help Seabees recently received high-risk safety training at Camp Covington, U.S. Naval Base Guam.
High risk is a term used to categorize an activity with a high level of danger that may cause a severe or fatal mishap. This particular safety training focused on lockout/tagout procedures that are necessary to disable machinery or equipment by safely controlling energy prior to performing any service or maintenance.
"It's very important for my team to receive high-risk safety training on lockout/tagout," said Chief Builder (SCW) Joseph King, senior enlisted leader, NAVFAC Marianas Self-Help Seabees. "Whether they are replacing a blade or a hose, there are a lot of hazards with all of our different pieces of equipment and we need to make sure they properly locked out and tagged out the equipment for their safety and the safety of others," added King.
The training also included a hands-on session where participants practiced assessing equipment, turning off and de-energizing the equipment, probing to ensure the equipment is de-energized, then putting a tag and locking the power source.
"Prior to any equipment service or maintenance employees should anticipate all potential hazards," said Junard Cruz, safety specialist, NAVFAC Marianas. "One key to doing this is to plan ahead; get with your supervisor, understand who will be affected and perform all the responsibilities that are required under lockout/tagout."
Cruz's presentation focused on the life-saving purpose of lockout/tagout, the types of hazardous energy, requirements; and safe electrical practices and procedures. Cruz emphasized that controlling energy is important because as low as 30 volts carries sufficient current to seriously injure and potentially kill.
"I think the training was valuable," said Builder 3rd Class Daniel Kvaley, builder shop supervisor, NAVFAC Marians Self-Help Seabees. "While we have already learned the importance of lockout/tagout it's important to refresh on it."
NAVFAC Marianas Safety and Occupational Health Manager Mellissa Cruz said these training sessions are the command's continued commitment to bolstering a culture of safety by integrating Operational Risk Management in day-to-day activities.
"Our primary goal at NAVFAC Marianas is to prevent mishaps," said Cruz. "What better way to do this than to conduct high-risk training throughout the year."
Cruz said high-risk safety training empowers personnel to execute their work and perform their mission safely; preventing injury and illness in the workplace and minimizing property damage.