Safety And Occupational Health

Facility Safety Inspections

Facility Safety

The 88th RSC Safety Office continuously travels the region visiting facilities to increase safety compliance.

In CY13 they conducted 93 Safety Inspections and coordinated 13 Federal Occupational Health Industrial Hygiene Surveys.

These inspections ensure the health and wellbeing of all Soldiers and Civilians working within the facilities.

When discrepancies are found, facility managers are given corrective actions to take and the required time to accomplish them.

The end goal is to fully mitigate all hazards and prevent personnel injury.

In this ongoing effort, it is required for all personnel to be familiar with regulations, abide by guidelines, make on-the-spot corrections, and report the hazard when necessary.

Common Safety Deficiencies Found Within ARCs

  • Fire extinguisher monthly inspects not recorded.
  • Annual fire extinguisher servicing not completed.
  • Annual facility fire inspection not completed.
  • Emergency light is non-functional.
  • Extension cords run through ceiling panels.
  • Extension cords used for high draw equipment.
  • Electrical receptacles with no cover, exposing live electrical parts.
  • Heat generating appliances, i.e. refrigerators, coffee pots, microwaves not directly plugged into wall outlets.
  • Use of portable heaters not approved, no automatic shut off feature, or not UL or NRTL listed.
  • Rooms used for storage with no discernible aisles.
  • Emergency exits and aisles blocked with equipment.
  • Electrical panel boards exposing live electrical parts.
  • Multiple extension cords and multi-receptacle outlet units connected to one another. This is a very dangerous practice AND THE MOST COMMON SERIOUS DEFICIENCY.

Points of Contact

88th RSC Safety and Occupational Health Manager
Michael J. Curtis

Sleeping in Facilities

Sleeping in Facilities

All units wishing to have Soldiers sleep in Army Reserve Facilities within the northwest region must first gain approval from the 88th RSC Safety and Occupational Health Office.

Sleeping in an 88th RSC facility will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Determinations will be based on facility evaluations, risk assessments, effective implementation of risk reduction measures, and mission needs.

"Incidental” sleeping in any Reserve Center is considered non-daily/non-routine utilization of facilities by individual(s) under the command and control of the local or facility commander. Soldiers are lodged overnight in conjunction with Inactive Duty Training, Annual Training, or other duty status operations.

Restrictions imposed for utilization of facilities for sleeping do not apply during times of natural disaster, civic unrest, or mobilization for war. Full utilization of Army Reserve facilities is authorized during war and emergency/disaster relief operations, when authorized.

Requests to utilize Army Reserve Centers as Incidental Sleeping Quarters must be submitted in writing 30 days prior to the scheduled event. Commanders will submit an Incidental Sleep Plan in accordance with this memo to the 88th RSC for each event. The Incidental Sleep Plan packet should be sent to the 88th RSC Safety Office, via e-mail to:

The 88th RSC Safety Office will process the Incidental Sleep Plan packet and provide feasibility recommendations based on the information provided. Safety will then coordinate with 88th RSC Public Works for their recommendations. Once recommendations have been completed, the packet will be forwarded to the 88th RSC DCG for final approval.

Approved requests will be sent by returning an endorsed “Incidental Sleep Plan” back to the requesting unit commander.

In the event the request is denied, a response memo will be sent to the requesting unit indicating the reasons for denial.

Points of Contact

88th RSC Safety and Occupational Health Manager
Michael J. Curtis

Motorcycle Safety Program

Motorcycle Safety Program

The 88th RSC Safety Office can fund Soldiers for Motorcycle Safety Foundation based Basic Rider Courses, Experienced Rider Courses, and Sport Bike Rider Courses.

Begin by informing your supervisor and then visit the MSF website, www.msf-usa.orgto find a company that offers motorcycle training in your area.

When you are sure you can attend the course, call the company to pre-register, inform the that your reservation will be paid for by the 88th RSC.

Make syre you get the person's name and telephone number who handles registration fee payment.

Complete a SF 182, Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training and 88th RSC motorcycle training request form with your commander, supervisor, or unit administrator's approval.

Provide enrollment information to your supervisor and safety officer; include this information in an e-mail to 88th RSC Safety Office at

Course requests to the 88th RSC must be received at least 30 days prior to start date to allow arrangement for payment.

The Safety Office will contact the company once the request is received. The intent of the 88th RSC is to issue payment as early as possible after receiving the required information, but no earlier than 30 days prior.

Immediately after course completion, you must e-mail a copy of your certificate or MSF card to both your supervisor and the 88th RSC Safety Office.

HELMET: Helmets are required and must meet DOD and DOT standards. Helmets are the single most important item of PPE and should be comfortable and fit snug.

EYE PROTECTION: Eye protection is required; it can be a full-shield helmet or goggles. Impact or shatter resistant goggles, wrap-around glasses, or full face shield properly attached to the helmet must meet or exceed ANSI Safety Code Z87.1, for impact and shatter resistance. A windshield alone is not proper eye protection.

JACKET: A long sleeved shirt or jacket must be worn. When driving during the day, a brightly colored outer upper garment will be worn. Reflective upper garment must be worn at night.

GLOVES: Closed-finger Gloves are required and should be made specifically for motorcycle use. The intent is to protect riders’ fingers from strikes from flying objects. Gloves that are not for motorcycle use, provide less and protection.

PANTS: Pants are required to cover the entire leg and should provide the same protection against abrasion as jackets.

BOOTS: Over-the-ankle footwear is required and should be made of sturdy leather and have a good oil resistant sale to reduce slipping hazards. Army boots meet the requirement.

Points of Contact

88th RSC Safety Specialist
Randy Eddy

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