Health & Safety

July 26, 2012

5 Questions: Sgt. Lydwin Grizzle

Station Ground Safety Manager

1. What is a ground safety manager?

A ground safety manager ensures the safety of all personnel in the workplace through training, safety stand downs, assigning collateral duty safety representatives in work places and annual work place inspections.


2. What are some common work place safety issues?

There are a variety of issues that can arise, depending on what type of work place you work in. Some common ones are electrical hazards with outlets, extension cords and overloaded surge protectors. There are also slips, trips and falls hazards that can be created by uneven walking surfaces or improper use of ladders. For office workers, repetitive motion injuries can occur from typing.


3. How can you reduce safety hazards in the work place?

Be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye out for any unsafe conditions. Don’t unnecessarily rush tasks to the point they are dangerous. Remember, “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.” If you regularly sit at a desk, take a 60 second vacation once an hour to move away from your desk and stretch. This will reduce the risk of repetitive motion injuries.


4.What should someone do if they notice a potential safety hazard?

Notify your chain of command immediately of the situation. Also, notify the station safety department, located in Building 460, or by calling 269-5699. The safety department can find the best way to mitigate the risk or fix the potential safety hazard.


5. What are some safety-oriented tips or training Marines should be aware of?

Hearing conservation is one of the Commandant’s big focuses related to safety, and is required by Headquarters Marine Corps. Everyone needs to get their hearing checked at least once per year, and receive training on hearing conservation practices. Also, the “Never Leave a Marine Behind” suicide awareness training is a great training program that every Marine needs to take.

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