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News | Sept. 24, 2019

DDTP’s Safe and Sound Fair mixes information with fun and games

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

The Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, Safety Team held a Safe and Sound Fair as part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s annual Safe and Sound Week Campaign Aug.12-13. The campaign is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe.

According to Scott Kinney, safety team member, DDTP, this campaign places emphasis on management leadership, employee involvement, and identifying and fixing hazards.

“Information booths were set up from various organizations to raise safety awareness not only at work, but at home as well,” said Kinney, who continued, “Our host site presenters consisted of Industrial Hygiene, Medical Clinic, Environmental, Employee Assistance Program, Army Community Services and the Fire Department.”

Demonstrations were held and blood pressure screenings were conducted by the health clinic. DLA Safety and Security also had booths and games set up for the employees. The Pennsylvania Boat and Fish Commission donated informational booklets, bags and brochures for all of the attendees.

DDTP’s Defense Logistics Employee and Community Outreach Organization hosted a safety poster contest for employees and their family members, set up a hydration station during the fair and rewarded employees for working safely with an ice cream social.

Additionally, Safe and Sound Week activities consisted of daily safety messages, spot the hazard contest, employee safety banner, managers participating in a “Take 3 in 30” challenge, and the safety fair itself. 

The DLA Safety Team hosted games which focused on alcohol impairment and boating safety. Drunk Buster goggles were utilized to simulate alcohol impairment; employees attempted to walk a straight line and operate a tri-cycle through a slalom course.

"The boating awareness game consisted of employees properly wearing a life jacket and fishing out of a cardboard pirate ship which was created by Jeffrey Arnold, a DDTP employee,” said Kinney, adding, “This event was a great success and we look forward to next year’s campaign!”