A7 officials will track awareness and adherence to these changes through the Environmental and Occupational Health Compliance Assessment and Management Program.
Designed by the Air Force, the program has two objectives: to ensure Air Force environmental and occupational health programs meet federal, local, Department of Defense and Air Force compliance standards; and to eradicate underlying environmental and occupational health issues at their core.
A7 is one of nine A-staff and two-letter agencies that created 39 action plans, each with its own timeline. The plans address 58 command-wide problems and suggest 172 recommendations to fix the problems.
These numbers resulted from root cause analyses performed by 15 Air Force Materiel Command risk reduction teams.
Each team included a subject matter expert and a senior civilian or officer outside of the functional area. Most teams also had base representatives.
CARR stems from a similar initiative at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. A Focus Area Risk Reduction, or FARR, assessment began in 2004 as Robins' senior leaders sought a way to reverse the trend of rising work place accidents and violent crimes.
A 250-member assessment team scrutinized base operations and all safety aspects. The team wrote a report with 1,864 problems ranging from minor procedural errors to life-threatening hazards.
Corrective actions had a positive impact at Robins Air Force Base. Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command officials formed another team to determine if findings at Robins Air Force Base existed across the entire command.
Ultimately, Air Force Materiel Command officials want CARR to be the catalyst for a culture of compliance and risk management among workers.
"People need to understand the risks associated with not following safe practices," said Turnipseed. "The potential consequences - injuries, lost workdays, damage to equipment - aren't worth it."
"It's up to our leadership to make sure people know what is expected of them, and to make sure they have the training and tools necessary to safely comply with standards," he emphasized.
Along with continuously seeking to improve communication and problem-solving processes, CARR goals should help Air Force Materiel Command's work force navigate their "garages" more effectively.