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Commanders Safety Course

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As a commander, how often are you required to conduct Standard Army Safety and
Occupational Health Inspection?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Ed Johnson replied 10 years ago.


The minimu inspection is normally are designated by teh commanders in turn. I am providing you a copy of the DOD Instruction regarding Safety and Occupational Health Programs.

Each Installation will have its own policies. Most installation require a minimum of one annual inspedtion of high risk areas annually or as needed. Some installatins require inspections a minimum of twice a year.

In actuallity the Army's Safety and Occupational Health Inspectin program is on-going and is incorporated into daily operations and training. Every operations order, for example, should include references to processes and procedures that we often reduce to safety inspections, safety check lists, etc.

All commander, First Sergeants, Officers, and NCO's are secondarily Occupational Health and Safety officers to that end, they:

  1. Conduct Standard Army Safety and Occupational Health Inspection (SASOHI) of high-risk areas annually and /or as needed.
  2. Maintain the Installation abatement log, analyzing all hazards to determine degree of risk.
  3. Ensure that practices and procedures that minimize accident risk are incorporated in regulations, directives, SOPs, special orders, training plans, and operational plans.
  4. Administer requirements of AR 385-10, (Army Safety Program), and AR 385-40, (Accident Reporting and Records) for the installation.
  5. Administer the Safety Awards Program and recognition system on the Installation.

  6. Stop operations at any time a serious incident/injury/or equipment damage could occur.

High risk areas may be more comprehensive at some posts than others, however most will include:

  • Motor pools (at ft. hood we did these inspections every Friday)

  • Firing ranges

  • Arms Rooms

  • Ammunition Storage

  • Barracks

  • Training Areas

For the most part, while inspections of this nature may be minimally required as once a year the as needed part provides many opportunties for inspectsion such as:

  • Preparing for IG inspections

  • Preparing for change of command (pre and post change of command)

  • Preparing for deployment

  • Post Deployment operations

  • During Deployment

  • Quarterly barracks inspections by commanders

  • Monthly barracks inspections by first sergeants

  • Weekly motorpool inspections

  • Before During and after weapons traing

Little minor and complete safety and occupational healt inspections are conducted throughout the year.

Best Regards

Ed Johnson, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, (Ret)

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