RICHMOND, Virginia –
Workplace safety took center stage on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia during its Safety Stand Down Day, Nov. 19. The day started with a kick-off program at the Lotts Conference Center.
During the hour-and-a-half-long session, the packed crowd heard from Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Allan Day; David Gibson, site director, DLA Installation Support at Richmond; Lucy Lewis, president, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1992; Milford Stern, Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) manager, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry; and Drew Holland, VPP manager, Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
“Today is about safety. That can cover a lot of ground so I want you to take the time you need today to really think it through. It’s an opportunity for us to really take a pause and think about what we are trying to achieve,” said Day.
After the program, which also featured static displays from vendors, employees went back to their work centers where different directorates held safety town hall meetings to discuss safety best practices.
DSCR is working to earn a gold star through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program. VPP recognizes employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. A team of auditors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is scheduled to come to DSCR in March 2016.
“Safety applies just as much at home as it does at work. We will not be able to help our warfighters if we are in the hospital somewhere because we didn’t consider the risk in our plans,” said Day.