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Half way through the 101 Critical Days of Summer

by Senior Airman Andrea Thacker
Thunderbolt staff writer

The last weekend in June, Air Mobility Command lost four members and has one fighting for his life, which made June as the worst month for safety in AMC history. With that and the first half of the 101 Critical Days of summer behind us, now is the time to review your Operational Risk Management techniques and focus planning to prevent accidents.

"Safety must be second nature, a state of mind. All supervisors need to emphasize safety, compliance and their importance to a successful mission accomplishment," said Lt. Gen William Welser, 18th Air Force commander. "Bottom line: work smart-work safe."

Operation risk management is a tool to help people think through the risks associated with an activity, on or off duty. It involves determining the risks associated with an action or activity, weighing them against the benefits and controlling the risks, according to safety officials.

Operation risk management is a planning tool; it basically relates to using good judgment and common sense and making good decisions, said Donald Washington, MacDill safety office.

The foundational principle of ORM is to "accept no unnecessary risk".

"We usually get away with taking risks so we become oblivious to its presence, said Mr. Washington. "If there's a place where we need to exercise risk management, it's on the road."

Private motor vehicle accidents continue to be a major threat to airman, according to safety officials.

People can start minimizing accidents by identifying the hazards associated with any activity, evaluating the severity of possible adverse effects and identifying ways to reduce the hazard. Assessing the situation leads to making decisions based on the information at hand, implementing the risk controls and reviewing the effectiveness of the process, according to officials.

A fundamental part of risk management is being vigilant regarding the safety of fellow Airmen safety, according to Gen. John Handy, AMC commander.

"Our people must understand that being prepared, planning ahead and applying risk management are critical elements for safe summer activities," said General Handy.

People are the Air Force's most valuable asset, and deaths do not just affect family and friends, but the whole mission. Practice ORM and make the last half of the 101 days safer than the first.




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