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  • Anniston Army Depot, AlabamaVolume 31, Number 20247 October 3, 2019

    U.S. Postage PaidPresort Standard

    Anniston, AL 36201Permit No. 326

    Address ServiceRequestedTracks

    Protection exerciseANAD held its Annual

    Protection Exercise Sept. 18 as part of Emergency Preparedness Month.See article on page 5.

    Inside Tracks

    NDEAM luncheonOctober is National Dis-

    ability Employment Aware-ness Month. ANAD plans to hold a luncheon Oct. 16.See article and info on page 4.

    Happy Birthday, ANAD! Anniston Army

    Depot turns 78 years oldOctober 14.

    NOTES• Veterans Day photos• Prescription Take-Back• Retiree Breakfast• CDC Openings• CFC• Recycle sale• Cafeteria menus• And more

    See info on page 6.

    ANAD SHOOTING FOR THE OSHA VPP STAR IN 2020

    Safety is everyone’s jobThis week, we are focusing on safety, spe-

    cifically the Voluntary Protection Program.VPP is an Occupational Safety and Health

    Administration initiative, promoting effective worksite-based safety and health.

    VPP has several elements – Management and Employee involvement, Safety and Health Training, Hazard Prevention and Control, Mis-hap Investigation, News and Information, and Worksite Analysis.

    We’ve established teams for these areas and you’ll hear from those committees throughout the coming weeks and months.

    The importance of VPP is that less injuries means less money spent on workman’s com-pensation. This lowers premiums, which affect our bottom line.

    Less injuries also means more work and more engaged employees.

    Working here at the depot, especially in the industrial environment, there are accidents which can’t be completely controlled.

    But, we should all focus on the things we can control – wearing our proper personal pro-tective equipment, ensuring guards are in place when working, following our work instruc-tions, paying attention to our surroundings and using the correct tool for the job.

    We have a highly skilled workforce and our job is to make sure everyone returns home safe.

    As we all know, our people are our most important assets.

    Our mission is to provide readiness to the war fighters, ensuring our Soldiers have the right equipment when and where they need it.

    We can’t do that without every one of you.You are also a vital part of our safety pro-

    gram. It takes each of you, doing your part, every day for ANAD to have a safe work en-vironment.

    I need your help, your coworkers need your help and your families are counting on us to ensure you return home safe each night.

    by Col. Marvin WalkerANAD Commander

    As we strive to provide and maintain a safe and healthy workplace, I cannot overemphasize the importance of VPP to Anniston Army Depot.

    Our goal is to ensure every employee returns home safe each day.

    The key words are “every employee.”Whether you are a manager, super-

    visor, technician or an employee on the shop floor, everyone must be involved.

    You may be wondering, “What can I do?”

    Tomorrow, Oct. 4, we are holding a safety stand down for two hours to en-able you to take a closer look at your work areas.

    Each cost center should have received a checklist via email.

    Production areas will break into groups and each group’s area is color-coded on the checklist.

    Office areas will simply follow their checklist.

    Correct issues you can correct and note the issues you can’t.

    If you need assistance determining if something is a safety issue, call the Safe-ty Office at Ext. 7541.

    Call work orders and service orders in to the Directorate of Public Works.

    The checklist is made to be reused.Go back to it in the future weeks and

    months, as you are able to.Remember, safety is everyone’s re-

    sponsibility.

    by Charity ParrisANAD Safety Office

    Oct. 4: Check work areas

    U.S. Army Photo by Jennifer Bacchus

    Using all proper personal protective equipment and being aware of your surroundings are two elements of ensuring your safety and that of your coworkers.

  • This Army newspaper is an authorized publica-tion for members of the DOD. Contents of TRACKS are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the Department of the

    Army. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the Anniston Army Depot PAO.

    Printed by Consolidated Publishing, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Govern-ment, under exclusive written contract with Annis-ton Army Depot.

    The editorial office is located in the Abrams Build-

    ing, Room 358, telephone 256-235-6281. TRACKS in-vites comments and contributions from its readers. Address email to: [email protected] and mail to: Editor, TRACKS, TAAN-SCO, 7 Frankford Avenue, Anniston, AL 36201-4199. DEADLINE days are Thursdays pre-ceding date of publication. Circulation: 3,500.

    Postmaster: Send address changes to TRACKS, PO Box 2285, Anniston, AL 36202.

    Commanding Officer....................Col. Marvin WalkerPublic Affairs Officer...........................Clester BurdellEditor..............................................Jennifer BacchusPhotographer....................................Mark Cleghorn

    Tracks

    TRACKS2 October 3, 2019

    What does VPP mean for Anniston Army Depot?

    More than anything else, the OSHA Voluntary Protection Pro-gram means more employees go home safe every day.

    With more people going home safe, our injury and illness rates come down.

    When injury and illness rates come down, it saves the depot and the Army money on the cost of workers compensation insur-ance.

    It also means Anniston Army Depot stands out from military installations which have not achieved VPP status.

    If we attain and are able to keep VPP, it could be a decid-ing factor for the depot in terms

    of work or whether or not we are chosen for closure.

    It can also mean more jobs for the depot. No agency wants to work with an organization where injuries are on the rise.

    All the above things add up to a big win for ANAD!

    To attain VPP Status, we must first change the culture.

    I know you have heard that phrase, but do you know what it means?

    For you, it simply means safe-ty has to be first every day.

    It means everyone has the right to stop work if they see something unsafe. This is called Stop Work Authority.

    If you do a Stop Work, you must be part of the solution to fix the problem. This means get-

    ting more employees involved in safety.

    When someone comes to your shop without proper personal pro-tective equipment, whether they are your co-worker or a visitor, it involves you stopping them and letting them know what is re-quired in order for them to enter your work area.

    It doesn’t matter who it is. You know the rules and we are all responsible for helping enforce them.

    One culture change has al-ready taken place with the estab-lishment of the VPP Teams and the Steering Committee.

    We have established the fol-lowing teams:

    • Management and Employee Involvement

    • Safety and Health Training• Hazard Prevention and Con-

    trol• Mishap Investigation• Worksite Analysis• News and informationEmployees are populat-

    ing these teams and working on changing things at ANAD.

    Sometimes, the change is

    small and simple. Other times, it is more involved and complex.

    You who work on the shop floors often know where the prob-lems are and, many times, know how to fix them. You’ve just need-ed the resources and backing. We hope through tracking of these is-sues to keep a spotlight on them until every problem is corrected.

    Changing workforce culture is vital to the Voluntary Protection Programby Charity Parris

    ANAD Safety Office iming for the star

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created by the Occu-pational Safety and Health Act, which was signed into law Dec. 29, 1970, by President Richard Nixon.

    Congress created OSHA to ensure safe and healthy working conditions by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

    The Voluntary Protection Program is an OSHA initiative encouraging private indus-try and federal agencies to prevent work-place injuries and illnesses through hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training and cooperation between manage-ment and workers.

    VPP enlists worker involvement to achieve injury and illness rates below na-

    tional Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

    OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program has proven to be highly effective in reduc-ing organizations’ incident rates and lost work days.

    Military departments, agencies and in-stallations participating in the VPP process should not only expect an improved safety record but, also, overall improved readi-ness.

    We owe our military nothing less than VPP!

    In May 2003, then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld challenged the Depart-ment of Defense to improve its safety re-cord, stating “world class organizations do not accept preventable accidents.”

    OSHA VPP has proven to be highly ef-fective in reducing organizations’ incident rates and lost work days.

    The bottom line is – more employees go home safely every day to their families!How Does VPP Work?

    The Voluntary Protection Program recognizes employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bu-reau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

    In VPP, management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to pre-vent fatalities, injuries and illnesses through a system focused on:

    • Hazard prevention and control• Worksite analysis• Training• Management commitment• Worker involvementTo participate, employers must submit

    an application to OSHA and undergo a rig-orous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals.

    Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit.

    VPP participants are re-evaluated ev-ery three to five years to remain in the pro-grams.

    VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.Different Levels of VPP

    OSHA approves qualified sites to one of three programs:

    • Star• Merit• DemonstrationCurrently there are more than 2,200 em-

    ployers and over 2 million employees par-ticipating in some type of OSHA Voluntary Protection Program.

    from Staff ReportsOSHA.gov

    What is the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program?

  • TRACKS 3October 3, 2019

    Tommy Carlisle was named Anniston Army De-pot’s deputy to the command-er Sept. 29.

    Carlisle, a native and resi-dent of Lincoln, Ala., attended Lincoln High School, graduat-ing in 1985.

    He began his career at ANAD in September 1986 on a temporary appointment as a turbine engine mechanic while attending Ayers Techni-cal Institute.

    He progressed through the Turbine Engine Shop - earn-ing promotions from WG-5 to WG-8 and WG-10.

    In 1988, he accepted a per-manent position.

    During his career, Carl-isle has deployed to numer-ous locations throughout the continental U.S. and overseas, assisting Soldiers with repair and maintenance ac-tivities on-site.

    His first de-ployment was to Southwest Asia in October 1990.

    Upon his re-turn to ANAD, he transferred from the Turbine En-gine Shop to the Combat Vehicle Repair Facil-ity where he assisted in over-haul and repair of M1 Abrams tanks.

    There, he gained experi-ence and became a journey-man-level mechanic in 1992.

    Carlisle credits his success to the mentorship of other leaders.

    “I’ve worked for some great people who have dem-onstrated what good leader-ship looks like,” said Carlisle.

    He served as a supervi-sor in four divisions within the Directorate of Produc-

    tion - Fielding, Reciprocat-ing Drive Train, Weapons and Tracked Systems - and was a division chief for three divi-sions - Logistics Management (Fielding), Reciprocating and Tracked Systems.

    Tommy was named the deputy director of Production on July 19, 2010 and became the director of Production Jan. 8, 2018.

    Aside from 11 months when he served in a temporary appointment as the deputy di-rector of Production Manage-ment, Carlisle has been in Pro-duction for his entire career.

    His civil service edu-cation includes ISO 9000, 9001:2000, Communication Skills for Leadership, Man-agement Skills for Supervi-sors, LMP Training, Supervi-sors EEO Training, Continu-ing Education in Basic Su-pervision: Rockhurst Univer-

    sity, Leadership Competencies for the Future and Human Resource and Ethics Train-ing for Supervi-sors. He success-fully completed the Executive Champions Lean Six Sigma course at North Carolina State University

    May 2014.As the new deputy to the

    commander, Carlisle’s top pri-orities are safety and provid-ing readiness to the war fight-ers.

    “During my career, I’ve had multiple deployments and have seen, firsthand, the envi-ronments our Soldiers work in,” said Carlisle. “Getting the right equipment to them at the right time is important. Ensuring it’s a quality product that will work for them when they need it is vital to their survival.”

    Carlisle named DCOby Jennifer Bacchus

    ANAD PAO

    TOMMY CARLISLE

    Abby Quinn was selected as the director of Re-source Management Sept 1.

    Quinn is a third generation depot employee.Both of her grandfathers worked at Anniston

    Army Depot, as did her mother, and her father re-tired from the Anniston Chemical Activity.

    A graduate of Wellborn High School, she re-ceived her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Jacksonville State University in 2004, then went on to earn her master’s degree in business administra-tion in 2006.

    While working toward her bachelor’s degree, she was selected for a GS-4 position as an internal review auditor through the depot’s cooperative edu-cation program.

    That internship turned into a career and led to her becoming an accountant in DRM in 2006.

    She transitioned to the Program and Budget Di-vision in 2009, working as a program analyst.

    Two years later, she accepted a position at Army Materiel Command in Huntsville as a budget ana-lyst. She worked there until returning to Anniston in 2014 as the budget officer/division chief of the

    Program and Budget Divi-sion.

    She served in that role until her appointment as director.

    Quinn is a certified public accountant and certified defense financial manager.

    The various supervi-sors who mentored her throughout her career gave her an appreciation for the critical role ANAD fulfills in defending our nation.

    “I hope to lead with integrity and in a way that is always ethical, whether or not anyone is look-ing,” said Quinn. “I want DRM to continue to be a trusted organization, so we are here to assist where we can.”

    Being firmly rooted in Anniston, her goals are to assist the depot in successful completion of its mission - ensuring the readiness of the nation’s Sol-diers.

    “I love the depot and I love the Army and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve here,” she said.

    Quinn is director of Resource Managementby Jennifer Bacchus

    ANAD PAO

    ABBY QUINN

    Tommy Morgan was cho-sen as the new chief of Annis-ton Army Depot’s Logistics and Business Develop-ment Office, effec-tive Sept. 29.

    Morgan began his career in the pri-vate sector as an en-gineer.

    Following re-ceipt of his bach-elor’s degree in me-chanical engineering from the University of Alabama in 1990, Morgan worked in component design for steel mills and then in engineer-

    ing for an industrial tire manu-facturer.

    In 1996, he moved into his first management role in the company.

    Seeking new challenges, Morgan accepted a job at ANAD in 2004 as a mechani-cal engineer.

    “Being in the pri-vate sector gave me a unique perspective when I came to the government,” said Morgan. “I was able to see the benefit of focusing on quality

    and cost as well as having qual-ity people in an organization.”

    His first project was to assist

    with the Base Realignment and Closure Team.

    There, he learned planning and acceptance of missions and was able to see the scope of op-erations at ANAD.

    Following BRAC, Morgan was assigned to the Integrated Logistics Support Office, which merged with the Business Devel-opment Office in 2012 to become LBDO.

    The office works with private industry partners as well as the military to build future workload for the installation.

    “I want to expand the cus-tomer focus of LBDO, concen-trating on obtaining workload to support the retention of critical skill sets,” said Morgan.

    Morgan selected as new LBDO chiefby Jennifer Bacchus

    ANAD PAO

    TOMMY MORGAN

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    Call ANAD’s Public Affairs Office at Ext. 6281!

  • TRACKS4 October 3, 2019

    Observed each October, Na-tional Disability Employment Awareness Month is a nation-wide campaign that celebrates the many and varied contribu-tions of America’s workers with disabilities.

    The observance also empha-sizes the importance of guaran-teeing that all Americans have access to the services necessary to enable them to work.

    This year’s theme, Don’t Set Limits on Unlimited Poten-tial, emphasizes the possibilities when barriers are removed for individuals with disabilities.

    The Department of Defense remains diligent in providing every person opportunities for a meaningful career in a culture that embraces diversity and in-clusivity.

    U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Christy Wise solidified her place in history as the sixth amputee retained on active duty and the first-female amputee to return to the cockpit.

    In 2015, Wise was paddle boarding when a boat swerved into her path. She dove as far down as she could but when she surfaced she knew the boat’s propeller had severed her right leg. Her leg was amputated above the knee.

    The Air Force’s physical re-quirements coupled with Wise’s new limited mobility didn’t change her commitment and determination to return to the cockpit.

    “One amputee in my rehab center said something to me I’ll never forget,” said Wise. “He said, ‘don’t for one second long

    for who you were, but recklessly pursue who you can become.’ That doesn’t have to be a leg, it could be a better job, an old boss or anything you had in the past, longing for it doesn’t help. We can learn from the past but we can’t get it back.”

    Dan Nevins began his mili-tary career with the Army Na-tional Guard after graduating from high school as an enlisted paratrooper. He remained in the California Army National Guard while earning a bachelor of sci-ence in business administration.

    In 2004, Staff Sergeant Nevins was deployed to Balad, Iraq as a member of Task Force Tacoma, as an infantry squad leader. Nine months later, an im-provised explosive device deto-

    nated beneath his vehicle. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, his left leg was amputated below the knee, and his right leg was severely damaged. After count-less surgeries, he chose to surgi-cally remove his right leg.

    Nevins’ desire to help other Service Members continued to grow following his retirement from the military.

    At the 2008 Courage Awards, he received the highest award bestowed by Wounded Warrior Project: the George C. Lang Award for Courage. He credits the nonprofit organiza-tion for his successful rehabilita-tion, positive attitude, and most importantly, his passion for helping his fellow warriors in any capacity.

    NDEAM emphasizes unlimited potential

    from Staff ReportsDEOMI.gov

    Anniston Army Depot will host a Disability Employment Awareness Month Luncheon Oct. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ber-man-Varner House.

    The menu will be: roast beef, new potatoes, salad, green beans, cheesecake, tea and water.

    Joel Tavera is scheduled to speak at the event.

    A high school a t h l e t e , Ta v e r a played football, soc-cer, basketball, base-ball and was on the track and field team.

    He joined the Army in May 2006, received his basic training at Fort Ben-ning, Georgia, and graduated from Ad-vanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he learned to be a communication specialist.

    He was assigned to the 7th Sustainment Brigade for duty with the 7th Signal Company in February 2007.

    His brigade was attached

    to the 10th Mountain Division when deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in October 2007.

    There, Staff Sgt. Tavera was wounded on March 12, 2008, during a rocket attack.

    The vehicle he was traveling in was hit and he was one of two survivors of that attack.

    He sustained many injuries, including total loss of vision,

    traumatic brain in-jury resulting from a skull fracture, ampu-tation of his right leg just below the knee and burns affect-ing over 60 percent of his body, which caused the loss of fingertips on his left hand.

    To date, Tavera has undergone 117

    surgeries with more scheduled for the future.

    He is currently a spokesper-son for the Building Homes for Heroes organization and is a co-founder of Wounded Vets.org. He has spoken for several non-profit organizations around the country.

    Oct. 16 luncheon planned at ANAD

    from Staff ReportsANAD EEO

    EAST SIDETime Location10:30 Bldg. 47410:35 Bldg. 130 East10:40 Bldg. 409 West10:45 Bldg. 128 Middle10:50 Bldg. 143 and 411 West end10:55 Bldg. 106 West11:00 Bldg. 111

    WEST SIDETime Location10:40 Bldg. 510:45 Bldg. 362-Door 310:50 Bldg. 710:55 Bldg. 31

    BUS SCHEDULE

    Below is the bus schedule for the National Disability Employment Awareness luncheon, slated for Oct. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Berman Varner House. The bus will return employees at the end of the event.

    JOEL TAVERA

    Department of Defense Graphic

    Each arced line on the poster represents a barrier to a person with dis-abilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the seven most common barriers are attitude, communication, physi-cal, policy, programmatic, social and transportation. The rocket break-ing through the barriers represents the unlimited potential of a diverse workforce inclusive of everyone’s skills and talents.

    OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

  • TRACKS 5October 3, 2019

    U.S. Army Photo by Mark Cleghorn

    Two of the depot’s emergency responders check levels of chlorine gas during a simulated train derailment Sept. 18.

    Anniston Army Depot held its Annual Protection Ex-ercise Sept. 18.

    The day began with a simulated cyber attack on the installation’s Directorate of Information Management.

    “It is always a constant threat to the Department of Defense,” Don Evans, the depot’s emergency manager, said of the cyber attack.

    As that emergency was abated, a mock train derail-ment occurred at the entrance to the depot’s Nichols Indus-trial Complex.

    The incident not only blocked a major artery for ANAD between the east and west sides of the installation, it also released a plume of gas

    into the air and injured em-ployees in the area.

    “This is a culmination of different exercises we do throughout the year,” said Ev-ans.

    ANAD holds drills, table top exercises and full-scale exercises to ensure the re-sponders and all others who play a direct or support role in an emergency know where they should be and what they should do.

    “Our employees want to feel safe,” said Evans. “They want to feel if something hap-pens this depot can respond to that and mitigate the situa-tion.”

    September is often chosen at the time for the full scale exercise because it is desig-nated as National Prepared-ness Month.

    Practicing responseby Jennifer Bacchus

    ANAD PAO

    U.S. Army Photo by Mark Cleghorn

    The Latin Jazz Ensemble from Jacksonville State University performed during Anniston Army Depot’s Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon Sept. 24.

    Luncheon features music, history, fellowship

    The music of Jacksonville State University’s Latin Jazz Ensemble filled the air as Anniston Army Depot employees entered the Berman Varner House Sept. 24 for the Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon.

    The sounds of brass instruments, piano, bongos and more set the stage for the event, making more than a few members of the crowd dance in their seats.

    Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the culture and rich history of Americans of His-panic descent.

    “Events like this are important because they show our shared heritage,” said Col. Marvin Walk-er, Anniston Army Depot’s commander. “I always learn something from them.”

    Between the music and the historical presen-tation by speaker Jesús Perez, ANAD employees were informed and entertained.

    “We celebrate the common love the for the United States of American, which binds us together as the best manned and best Army in the world,” he said.

    Perez, a retired Army chaplain, gave some his-tory and demographic information for Hispanics in

    the military.“Our country is one of

    the most diverse nations in the world,” said Perez, as he detailed that Hispan-ics encompass nearly six percent of officers in the Army, eight percent of warrant officers, 12 per-cent of enlisted Soldiers and six percent of the Ar-my’s civilian workforce.

    “Our nation’s history is full of Hispanic men and women who have answered the call to arms,” said Perez.

    Perez specifically mentioned the 65th Infantry Regiment from Puerto Rico and their service during the Korean Conflict.

    The regiment was nicknamed “The Borinque-neers,” from the original Taíno name of the island.

    Three infantry battalions, one artillery battal-ion and a tank company were deployed to Korea in 1950. There, they were attached to the 3rd Infantry Division.

    Perez detailed the battles in Korea which the 65th Infantry Regiment was part of as well as how those conflicts helped the Army grow and learn as a multi-cultural force.

    by Jennifer BacchusANAD PAO

    JESÚS M. PEREZ

  • TRACKS6 October 3, 2019

    notes from around the Track

    Oct. 7Country fried steakMashed potatoes and gravyBlack eyed peasCollard greensCornbread

    Oct. 8Baked chicken zitiSteamed broccoliCorn on the cobGarlic bread

    Oct. 9Chicken or beef soft tacoSpanish riceMexican black beans and cornTaco salad bowl

    Oct. 10Fried chickenBaked chickenMac and cheesePinto beans, Turnip greensCornbread

    Oct. 15Salisbury steakRice and gravyGreen beansFried squashYeast roll

    Oct. 16General Tso’s chickenPepper steakFried riceStir fried vegetablesEgg roll

    Oct. 17Fried catfishBaked fishBaked beansColeslawFrench friesHush puppies

    Oct. 18Snack line only

    Oct. 21Hot dogsChili, relish, sauerkraut, cheeseColeslawBaked beansFrench fries or onion rings

    Cafeteria menus

    ANAD’s Recycling Sales are scheduled from 8-11 a.m. on the following dates:

    • October 19• November 16• December 14

    Dates are subject to change.Contact Cynthia Boyette at

    256-235-6838 for additional in-formation.

    Recycling Sales

    Due to a schedule con-flict, Anniston Army De-pot’s next Retiree Breakfast is scheduled for Oct. 17 from 8-10 a.m.

    Cost is $8 per person.The event will include a

    windshield tour of ANAD.To be added to the retir-

    ee contact list, send an email to [email protected]

    The Child Development Center offers care to children from infancy through the fifth grade.

    The center is accredited by the National Association for the Educa-tion of Young Children and is cur-rently accepting students of all ages.

    Contact Parent Central at 256-235-6273 for more information.

    Schools served for before and af-ter school care are Oxford Elemen-tary, DeArmanville Elementary and CE Hanna (5th grade only). Cold-

    water Elementary is served for after school care only.

    Cost is based on total family in-come. There are no after school ser-vices on off-Fridays.

    For more information, call 256-235-6273 or visit Parent Central at Bldg. 220.

    Childcare openings at ANAD CDC

    Retiree breakfast Oct. 17

    Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic.

    That’s why it is great to see thousands of individuals from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - their prescription drugs.

    The results of April’s National Prescription Take-Back Day were:

    • Total Law Enforcement Par-ticipation: 4,969

    • Total Collection Sites: 6,258• Total Weight Collected:

    937,443 pounds. (468.72 tons)Anniston Army Depot will par-

    ticipate in National Prescription Take Back Day October 24.

    Employees are encouraged to bring their unused or out-of-date medications to the Physical Fitness Center from 10 a.m. to noon or to the Nichols Cardio Center from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

    For additional information, contact Stephen Hudgins at Ext. 3379.

    Prescription Take-Back Day

    The Combined Federal Campaign is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC cam-paigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year.

    Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season will support eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

    The CFC is comprised of more than 30 zones

    throughout the U.S. and overseas. Each of these zones has a unique list of participating charitable

    organizations.Log into the donor pledging site: https://

    cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome or contact your local CFC Outreach Coordinator for the complete CFC Charity List.

    The 2020 CFC goes through Jan. 12, 2020.

    Contact Shynta Gray at 256-741-5493 for additional information or assistance with

    the electronic donation system.

    2020 Combined Federal Campaign has begun

    Veterans’ photos neededCurrent or former service

    members should submit a photo in uniform to your directorate secretary no later than Oct. 24 for inclusion in the photo montage of Anniston Army Depot’s Veterans Day Ceremony.

    Tenants are welcome.Include your name, rank and

    branch of service with the photo.If you have submitted a photo in past years, please re-

    submit, to ensure we have the most accurate representa-tion.

    For additional information, contact Wendy Suttles-Walker in the Depot Operations Office at Ext. 3447.

  • TRACKS 7October 3, 2019

    Every year, machine accidents result in thousands of serious injuries and hundreds of deaths.

    The moving parts of a machine can cut or crush, flying debris can cause eye injuries, and material can kick back causing severe injuries.

    Employees need to know the dangers and potential hazards of the particular machine that you are operating.

    Never remove a safety guard or device. Never operate a machine without all safety guards in place.

    Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling jewelry while operating machinery and if you have long hair, make sure it is secured in a ponytail or bun. These items can get caught in the rotating parts of a machine.

    Pay attention to the following information from OSHA.gov.

    Crushed hands and arms, severed fingers, blindness - the list of possible machinery-related injuries is as long as it is horrifying.

    There seem to be as many hazards created by moving machine parts as there are types of machines.

    Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from needless and preventable injuries.

    A good rule to remember is this - any machine part, function, or process which many cause injury must be safeguarded.

    When the operation of a machine or accidental contact with it can injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be either controlled or eliminated.Where Mechanical Hazards Occur

    Dangerous moving parts in three basic areas require safeguarding.

    • The point of operation: That point where work is performed on the material, such as cutting, shaping, bor-ing or forming of stock.

    • Power transmission apparatus: All components of the mechanical system which transmit energy to the part of the machine performing the work. These components include flywheels, pulleys, belts, connecting rods, cou-plings, cams, spindles, chains, cranks and gears.

    • Other moving parts: All parts of the machine which move while the machine is working. These can include re-ciprocating, rotating and transverse moving parts, as well as feed mechanisms and auxiliary parts of the machine.Requirements for Safeguards

    Safeguards must meet these minimum general require-ments:

    • Prevent contact: The safeguard must prevent hands, arms, and any other part of a worker’s body from making contact with dangerous moving parts.

    A good safeguarding system eliminates the possibility of the operator or another worker placing parts of their bodies near hazardous moving parts.

    • Secure: Workers should not be able to easily remove or tamper with the safeguard, because a safeguard that can easily be made ineffective is no safeguard at all.

    Guards and safety devices should be made of durable

    material that will withstand the conditions of normal use. They must be firmly secured to the machine.• Protect from falling objects: The safeguard should

    ensure that no objects can fall into moving parts.A small tool which is dropped into a cycling machine

    could easily become a projectile that could strike and in-jure someone.

    • Create no new hazards: A safeguard defeats its own purpose if it creates a hazard of its own such as a shear point, a jagged edge or an unfinished surface which can cause a laceration.

    The edges of guards, for instance, should be rolled or bolted in such a way that they eliminate sharp edges.

    • Create no interference: Any safeguard which im-pedes a worker from performing the job quickly and com-fortably might soon be overridden or disregarded.

    Proper safeguarding can actually enhance efficiency since it can relieve the worker’s apprehensions about in-jury.

    • Allow safe lubrication: If possible, one should be able to lubricate the machine without removing the safe-guards.

    Locating oil reservoirs outside the guard, with a line leading to the lubrication point, will reduce the need for the operator or maintenance worker to enter the hazardous area.

    DevicesA safety device may perform one of several functions:• Stop the machine if a hand or any part of the body is

    inadvertently placed in the danger area• Restrain or withdraw the operator’s hands from the

    danger area during operation• Require the operator to use both hands on machine

    controls, thus keeping both hands and body out of danger• Provide a barrier which is synchronized with the op-

    erating cycle of the machine in order to prevent entry to the danger area during the hazardous part of the cycle.

    Guards are barriers which prevent access to danger areas. There are four general types of guards - fixed, inter-locked, adjustable and self-adjusting.

    As its name implies, a fixed guard is a permanent part of the machine. It is not dependent upon moving parts to function.

    When an interlocking guard is opened or removed, the tripping mechanism and/or power automatically shuts off or disengages, the moving parts of the machine are stopped, and the machine cannot cycle or be started until the guard is back in place.

    Adjustable guards are useful because they allow flex-ibility in accommodating various sizes of stock.

    Self-adjusting guards protect the operator by placing a barrier between the danger area and the operator.

    Machine guards eliminate hazards for employeesfrom Staff Reports

    ANAD Safety Office

    U.S. Army Photo by Jennifer Bacchus

    Machine guards are present on equipment throughout Anniston Army Depot to prevent employees from being in contact with dangerous, moving parts while the machine is in operation.

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