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Schriever welcomes new safety management system

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Schriever safety programs are getting a remodel.

The Air Force Safety Management System is a safety-focused management system which was recently implemented Air Force wide. It addresses achieving both compliance and performance goals in a more inclusive and flexible manner. AFSMS is designed to cover all safety disciplines including aviation, ground, weapons, system and space, while engaging leadership, Airmen and employees.

According to U.S. Air Force Safety, the Air Force has achieved its safest years in aviation safety, and AFSMS affords an opportunity to continue this improvement.

The program is supported by four pillars necessary to achieving safety and collaboration between all levels of Airmen and workers. U.S. Air Force Safety defined these as policy and leadership, risk management, assurance and promotion and education. These pillars aim to efficiently increase every individual's involvement in creating a safe workplace, without increasing workloads. Through this structure, AFSMS can effectively retain the strengths within current safety programs while adapting to reduce new hazards.

Tech. Sgt. Alejandro Torres, 50th Space Wing occupational safety manager, said Schriever faces unique safety challenges due to the low-risk nature of the base. 

"My biggest fear is complacency," said Torres. "I have a number of mishaps that I could pull up from our system where people in administrative areas have gotten hurt in one way or another. People fall out of chairs and lose time."

Safety mishaps can occur with equipment as well. For example, inappropriately used electrical equipment could start an office fire.

"If we don't do [safety] right, someone might not go home," Torres said.

The new program means change for unit safety practices. There will still be a unit safety representative in place to help facilitate a safe environment and making improvements, however the focus will be shifted to an individual level and involve more people.  AFSMS aims to maximize safety through teamwork, without adding extra tasks for compliance.

One new feature of AFSMS is management review, done at the end of every fiscal year. Leadership will sit down and assess strengths and weaknesses in addressing each of the program's four pillars. This allows for clear improvement goals and integrates decision making tools into the safety process.

"Commander involvement will help leadership stay more in tune. This structure will allow a better system to implement safety, help manage safety on and off base and help teach personal safety," said Staff Sgt. Morris Thomas, NCO-in charge of occupational safety.

Safety is everyone's responsibility, and AFSMS allows leadership, Airmen and employees to make Schriever the safest it can be.

For more information, contact the Wing Safety office at 567-7233.
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