Marines, Sailors and civilians participate in a safety fair aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort May 14.
The command sponsored event safety fair was held to give personnel resources and educational tools so they can remain safe during the summer months.
The safety fair also showcased MCAS Beaufort’s status as a Voluntary Protection Program star site. As a star site, MCAS Beaufort upholds rigorous safety standards. In the VPP, management and workers establish cooperative relationships to identify risks and mitigate them.
“The VPP initiative takes it one step farther when it comes to the aspects of health and safety aboard the air station,” said Craig Kovacs, a safety specialist with the MCAS Beaufort safety department. “We are committed to having effective worksite-based safety and health. With VPP, we tend to stay a lot safer with the amount of education we are able to provide.”
A group of organizations such as the South Carolina State Park Service, Provost Marshals Office, and Marine Corps Community Services all operated booths where they gave Marines and Sailors tips on common problems that occur during the summertime. Representatives had demonstrations on topics from pool safety and the dangers of the sun to a drunk driving obstacle course where participants goggles which allowed them to experiece the effects of alcohol on their motor skills.
“This was a great and interactive way to learn about safety,” said Sgt. Chris Flowers, a bulk fuels specialist with Marine Wing Support Detachment 31. “I think it’s good that a little bit of fun helps to educate the Marines. I’m definitely going to use what I learned here to keep myself and my family safe during the summer.”