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When my kids became old enough to drive, their father and I passed along the same lesson – and a phone number for roadside assistance!

Like learning to climb a ladder or understanding how to navigate your fuse box, these lessons are important both at home and in the workplace.

This fall’s Technical Operations Safety Stand Down encourages our employees to share their safety stories so we can all learn from them. The theme for the Oct. 21-Nov. 4 stand down is “Workplace Safety: It’s LIFEstyle – What’s Your Story?”

The semi-annual Safety Stand Down promotes open discussions between managers and other employees about occupational health and safety issues at every level. Facilities have the flexibility to gear discussions to safety challenges that are relevant to them.

Vaughn Turner, our Vice President for Technical Operations, and some of our other colleagues kicked off the stand down in this video by telling some very instructive stories about incidents both at work and home that remind us of how important it is to protect ourselves – and protect the NAS.

We have to remember not to be complacent, even if we’re doing a task that we’ve done many times before. Remember, it’s always the right thing to wear safety gear, double check procedures and ensure you have the right support.

We have recorded a number of examples of mitigating and resolving hazards since we began hosting the Safety Stand Downs in 2010, so we know how worthwhile they have been due to everyone’s committed participation.

And remember, workplace safety isn’t just for our Tech Ops colleagues. We all need to pay attention to our surroundings, and flag any potential hazards to our supervisors.

Thanks everyone!

Teri


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