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Georgia guard member takes safety personally

Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jason Butts, 116th ground safety explosives safety specialist conducts safety training for a wing member at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Jan. 18, 2013. (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Regina Young/released)

Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jason Butts, 116th ground safety explosives safety specialist conducts safety training for a wing member at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Jan. 18, 2013. (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Regina Young/released)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Inspired by his supervisor's accomplishments, Tech. Sgt. Jason Butts, ground explosive safety specialist with the 116th Air Control Wing, decided it was time to further his education.

Although fully qualified within his field, Butts obtained 10 and 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration training cards and completed the Industrial Safety and Health Certification from the Georgia Technical Research Institute.

Butts completed the courses during off-duty time, and received funding for the training from the 116th ACW Safety Office.

"The two-year long training has helped me prepare for and pass OSHA inspections and the courses provided me the skills to train wing members and prevent workplace mishaps," said Butts. "If OSHA visits our wing we're already where we need to be, we don't have to try and get there."

The administration can conduct an unannounced inspection of military facilities where civilian employees work. Work sites are routinely inspected in areas such as fall protection, infectious disease and harmful chemical exposure and safety equipment availability.

For information about commonly cited workplace hazards, go to the OSHA website at http://www.osha.gov/OSHA_FAQs.html.