‘101 Critical Days of Summer’ addresses safety hazards

17 May 2012 | 1st Lt. Kyle Thomas

Marine Corps Logistics Command’s Installation Environment and Safety Office hosted the fiscal year 2012 “101 Critical Days of Summer,” at the Base Theater, May 2-4.

The operational pause, mandated by Headquarters Marine Corps, addressed the safety hazards that one could expect during the summer months, more specifically, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

“With the summer months comes longer daylight hours, the opening of swimming pools across the country, weekend treks to the beaches and lakes, and lots of other outdoor recreational activities,” Kay Mull, IE&S Office safety specialist, MCLC, said. “People will try to cram as many activities as possible into the long weekends. In doing so, sometimes proper planning goes by the wayside.

“We hold this event to remind our Marines and civilian-Marines that planning safety in all activities, at work, home and play, brings down the number of injuries,” Mull noted. “It can also reduce property damage and everyone benefits.”

This year, the IE&S Office created a pamphlet focused on safety issues everyone should consider when planning for any event. The handout covered numerous topics such as “trips, slips and falls; distracted driving; DUI/DWI; heat, humidity and exercise safety; dangerous snakes, spiders and insects indigenous to our area; boating and watercraft safety; grilling; fireworks; motorcycle and all- terrain vehicle safety,” Mulls said. “We also had a guest speaker, Paul Savage, who discussed the many ways our employees can be involved in the Voluntary Protection Program journey, how to encourage others and how to promote safety both at work and at home.”

The weeklong event also covered heat-related injuries.

“According to the Naval Branch Health Clinic, the occurrence of heat injuries has declined greatly over the past few years,” Mull said. “Most instances occur with individuals (who) are new to this geographical area and have not acclimated to our heat or humidity. Supervisors and co-workers would do well to keep that in mind when our temperatures start to rise and we have new Marines or civilian-Marines in our workforce.” The operational pause also focused on the idea that previously hibernating wildlife surface during the summer months. Many of these animals are aggressive, poisonous, or both.

“This time of the year, the problems with local wildlife vary,” Mull said. “If it’s particularly wet, snakes, scorpions and spiders will (head) for dryer ground. “If it is extremely hot, they will (head) for cooler conditions.

“Both instances have caused these dangerous vermin to show up in people’s homes, garages, under and inside vehicles and in shady areas at work,” she said. “Basically, the guideline is ‘look before you do anything.’”

Overall, Mull said the event was a success.

“I believe this was a successful event,” she said. “We received a lot of good feedback for this operational pause. We were also able to network with Marine Corps Logistics Base’s Risk Management Office and invite MCLB Albany employees to attend our event.” IE&S has begun planning for next year’s operational pause, “Back in the Saddle,” scheduled for early January.

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany