The Chief of Safety supervises the mishap prevention program for the Wing Commander. A good safety attitude and an enthused unit safety representative is the best way to protect your fellow workers from accidents. Most accidents result from either an unsafe condition or a poor attitude. Your challenge is to mold and fashion your unit's safety attitude every single day. To cultivate an attitude requires you to act as an indoctrinator. You need to constantly persuade through repetition and media. You need to reward those who identify safety concerns to supervisors and those who aggressively use job safeguards. Safety representatives need to have a strong visible presence in the unit. This may sound too simple to work. But it does. Safe attitudes are contagious.
The 37th Training Wing (37 TRW) Safety Office, in conjunction with the 502 Air Base Wing Safety Office, is responsible for the wing commander's safety program in four principle areas:
1. Ground Safety (Program Resources)
The Ground Safety staff manages the 37 TRW Ground Safety program. Program elements include occupational, fire, environmental, industrial, traffic, sports, and recreational safety.
· 37 TRW Commander Safety and Risk Management Policy
· 2 AF Commander Safety and Risk Management Policy
· Mishap Reporting Visual Aid
2. Weapons Safety
The Weapon Safety Program comprises three disciplines: explosives safety, missile safety, and nuclear surety. The 502 ABW OL-A weapon safety staff is primarily concerned with the safe storage and transportation of explosives on and around Lackland AFB. Some of the responsibilities of weapons safety personnel include monitoring operations involving weapons and explosives to ensure that base units understand and comply with all applicable safety standards.
3. Flight Safety
Each unit conducting flight operations must have a flight safety program to support its mission. The Lackland AFB Flight Safety mission is fulfilled by elements from the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and the 502 ABW OL-A. The Flight Safety Officers and Flight Safety NCOs and Civilians monitor flight-related facilities and operations as part of a continuous quality-improvement program.
4. Risk Management
Risk Management, (RM), is a logic-based, common sense approach to making calculated decisions on human, material, and environmental factors before, during, and after Air Force mission activities and operations. It enables commanders, functional managers, supervisors, and individuals to maximize operational capabilities while minimizing risks by applying a simple, systematic process appropriate for all personnel and Air Force functions
The Safety Office is also responsible for seasonal and situational safety campaigns. Heat stress, the Critical Days of Summer and other targeted programs both raise awareness of times of the year where statistics point to increased emphasis on safety, both occupationally and recreationally, are beneficial to the unit and the individual.
For questions or information, call (210) 671-3969 Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Safety Office is located in Bldg 2484, 37th Training Wing Headquarters, second floor.