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The NC Forest Service will provide a safe and healthy work environment and develop a workforce that is committed to safety. We will strive to reduce the number of workplace injuries to our employees, while finding better ways to communicate safety information and train employees. We will also focus on the physical and mental well-being of each employee.

Objective - Effective Safety

Implement a more effective state-wide safety program that reduces risks and mitigates hazards.

Effective Safety Action Items:

  • Develop a coordinated communications system for safety information (use of safety alerts, newsletter others). Lead - State Safety Committee
  • Develop appropriate funding mechanisms and timelines to address safety needs as identified by safety committees. (also dedicated positions, coordinators). Lead - State Forester's Office
  • Develop in-house subject matter experts in specialized training areas. Lead - Safety, Planning and Analysis
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of Pure Safety. Lead - State Safety Committee
  • Analyze the accident database to determine statewide issues and share with field units. Lead - State Safety Committee

Objective - Reduce Injuries

Reduce three of the most prevalent types of workplace injuries by 15% by 2016.

Reduce Injuries Action Items:

  • Identify the three most prevalent injuries, their causes and mitigations. Lead - State Safety Committee
  • Regularly communicate the progress towards the goal. Lead - State Safety Committee
  • Clearly define behavioral expectations to achieve the goal. Lead - Division Directors

Objective - Wellness

Implement a uniform statewide wellness program that increases the physical and mental wellbeing of our employees.

Wellness Action Items:

  • Obtain funding for wellness activities. Lead - State Forester's Office
  • Have a functioning wellness committee serving as an information clearing house for wellness/fitness information to the field. Lead - Safety, Planning and Analysis
  • Communicate and encourage wellness activities. Lead - State Wellness Committee
  • Explore the possibility of establishing a fitness standard for NCFS personnel (moderate pack test?). Lead - Division Directors
  • Allocate time towards physical training. Lead - Division Directors
Measures - Safety Baseline June 30, 2016 Target
Reduce the number of slips, trips and falls, struck bys, and vehicle accidents by 15% by June 30, 2016. These are the three most prevalent types of accidents within the NCFS.
Slips, Trips and Falls 12/year 10/year
Struck by Accident Reduction 8/year 6/year
Vehicle Accident Reduction 6/year 4/year
Slips, Trips and Falls progress Graph Struck by Accident Reduction Vehicle Accident Reduction  
This measure will come from the NCFS Workers Comp Database. The baseline is a five year average of State Fiscal Years (SFY) starting on July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2012. Reporting will occur quarterly and will be a rolling average calculated on the quarter being reported and 19 preceding quarters of the SFY. The target will be the five previous SFY's starting July 1, 2011 ending June 30, 2016.
Progress Graph Measures - Safety Baseline June 30, 2016 Target
Silver and Gold Awards Progress Increase the number of field units meeting the Department of Labor Silver and Gold award standards. Silver 5/year No specific target
Gold 8/year
This data comes from the actual number of Gold and Silver awards received from the NC Department of Labor. Count provided by NCFS Safety Coordinator.
Progress Graph Measures - Safety Baseline June 30, 2016 Target
Work Capacity Test Participation Increase the number of personnel voluntarily taking the work capacity test for fire fighters. 194/year No specific target
Count of employees that have passed the light, moderate or arduous work capacity test as of the end of each fiscal year. This data comes from the Incident Qualifications System. Report will be run on June 30th of each year by Central Office Operations.