It’s that time of year when the spring-cleaning bug bites. Cleaning up at home and work are great goals. But
spring cleaning can be risky. Falls, cuts and electrical shocks are some common risks.
Here are some safety pointers for your spring cleaning.
Cleaning Safety Tips
- Wear protective clothing. Sturdy shoes or boots will protect your feet if you drop something or step on something sharp. Wear gloves to protect your hands from minor cuts and scrapes. Wear hearing and eye protection when it’s needed.
- Watch for electrical hazards. Keep moisture away from electrical appliances and outlets. Don’t spray cleaning products directly on light switches or the control panel area of an electric stove.
- Slips, trips and falls can easily occur when a house or shop is in disarray during spring cleaning. Keep traffic areas clear of buckets, cords, boxes and other obstacles. Clean up spills promptly and walk carefully on damp surfaces.
- Many serious injuries involve ladders. Make sure any ladder you use is in good condition. Place the ladder’s base on a solid, even surface. Never stand on the top few rungs. Do not lean over to the side when you’re on the ladder; it might tip over. Always check for overhead electrical hazards before you climb any ladder.
Fire Safety Tips
- Check storage areas, including under stairs, for papers or other combustible materials that might cause or feed a fire.
- Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries every 6 months.
Chemicals Safety Tips
- Check the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and get rid of expired chemicals and old paints. Know local regulations and post disposal rules so you can dispose of chemicals properly.
- Close chemical and paint cans when they are not in use. Be sure products are safely stored, according to your local SOP and public law.
- Supervisors, give safety guidance to personnel before letting them work alone, especially if paints or chemicals will be used.
- Read product instructions carefully and make sure you follow them. Pay attention to flammability cautions and ventilation requirements.
- Keep MSDS handy. They provide fire and explosion data, exposure and first aid information, list personal protective equipment needed and much more.
For safety-related tools and programs you can put into practice today, visit the US Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website at:
If you have an automated integrated survey instrument (AISI), NSN 6675-01-503-3579, managed by CECOM, listen carefully.
Until recently, your AISI required contractor service once every 3 years. Now the manufacturer of the AISI, Trimble Navigation, Ltd., has extended the service interval 2 years to once every 5 years. The extension covers all AISIs managed by CECOM.
AISIs under this contract have a sticker that shows the month and year when the next service is due. This service date comes once every 3 years. Because these same AISIs now qualify for service once every 5 years, write the new service due date on the sticker.
Why Extend the Service Interval?
The AISI has an internal battery that supplies power to store data and firmware/software. The manufacturer of this battery has increased its operating life. That in turn has increased the AISI’s time between services to 5 years.
As long as you inspect and maintain the AISI like it says in TM 5-6675-371-12&P (Jan 09), a 5-year interval service is all you need.
When it’s time for contractor service, get instructions from CECOM’s Denice Ellis at DSN 848-2916, (443) 861-2916, or email:
When To Get Service
So, how do you know when your AISI needs contractor service? Look at the month and year on the sticker. The sticker always reflects a 3-year interval service due date. To get the new 5-year interval service due date, simply add 2 years to the date shown. For example, if the sticker reads April 2014, then the new service due date is April 2016.
How to Order PS Magazine
Unit pub clerks, once you=ve set up a pubs account with DOL or AEPUBS, you can submit a specific request for PS.
Enter the desired quantity of PS Magazine when you order. We recommend a copy for each of the following in a company-size unit: the commander, first sergeant, XO, motor sergeant, each vehicle mechanic, supply sergeant, armorer, CBRN NCO, communications NCO, and extra copies as approved by the commanding officer, for distributing in common areas for equipment operators.
To find out how to order PS for other military services or how to get a private subscription, visit:
When ordering any pubs, check to be sure that your unit=s mailing address is correct. If the address is wrong, you need to complete Section III on DA Form 12-R.
Send the DA Form 12-R as an attachment to one of the following email addresses.
Master Driver Trainer Course Rolls Out
The Army’s Transportation School at Ft Lee, VA, now offers a Master Driver Trainer Qualification Course (MDTQC). The 90-hour course (80 hours resident training and 10 hours online) is open to staff sergeants and sergeants first class from all Army components in the 88M, motor transport operator, MOS. Soldiers who graduate receive the additional skill identifier (ASI) of M9.
It’s important to note that MDTQC is not the same as local master driver programs offered at posts, camps, stations or installations. The only way to obtain the Army’s new M9 ASI is to graduate from the MDTQC at Ft Lee.
Army master driver trainers are subject matter experts who can advise commanders and units on how to develop and run an effective and safe driver’s training program. They are responsible for developing standardized unit training programs in:
- Operator safety
- Risk management
- Accident avoidance, field expedients, vehicle recovery
- Operating material handling equipment (MHE)
- Convoy operations and security, route classification, planning, organizing
- Securing loads
- Driver’s training aids, devices, simulators and simulations (TADSS) integration.
MDTQC is listed in the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATTRS). Visit:
In the course catalog, search for Course 8C-F45/553-ASIM9. The report date for the first MDTQC class is 27 Oct 2013 at Ft Lee. The Transportation School plans to train about 72 students a year, with class size averaging 14 students.
For more information about MDTQC, contact Jeffrey Skinner, DSN 539-1955, (804) 765-1955, or email:
The good news is the close combat mission capability kit (CCMCK) is approved for not only the M16 rifle and M4 carbine, but also the M249 machine gun and M9 pistol. CCMCK gives you a safe, reliable, and accurate training system that closely mimics firing real rounds.
The bad news is the wax from CCMCK rounds can leave the inside of your weapon a mess. If you don’t do a good job cleaning out all the wax, it can plug the barrel. Firing a weapon with a plugged barrel is dangerous to you and your weapon. Avoid that potential catastrophe with this CCMCK PMCS:
BEFORE–Clean and lube your weapon with CLP like it’s spelled out in the weapon’s -10 TM. You want your weapon as clean as possible before firing CCMCK rounds.
AFTER–Do the same cleaning and lubing procedure, but this time pay special attention to the chamber, barrel and bore. Those are the most likely areas you’ll find wax. Really tough wax deposits may require dry cleaning solvent, NSN 6850-01-474-2319. Use solvent under the direction of your armorer. The solvent may need to soak into the wax for several minutes before it will work.
When you think you have all the wax cleaned out of the barrel, run your cleaning rod from muzzle to chamber to make sure there are no obstructions. Look for the end of the cleaning rod in the chamber.
If you can’t see the end of the rod, you may have a stuck round. If you can’t push out the round yourself, tell your armorer. But make sure the problem is fixed before you turn in the weapon to the arms room.
Armorers, don’t use a new M16/M4 barrel that has fired fewer than 200 standard rounds for CCMCK. Older barrels are less likely to have problems with a stuck CCMCK round. M249 barrels come from the manufacturer ready for CCMCK firing. The M9 conversion kit has a blue barrel for firing CCMCK rounds.
After training with CCMCK, it’s a good idea to check the M16s and M4s with the barrel straightness gage. See WP 0015-24 in TM 9-1005-319-23&P.
For the complete word on CCMCK, see TM 9-6920-3700-10. It’s on the LOGSA ETM website: https://www.logsa.army.mil/etms
Questions? Contact ARDEC’s Robert Weissman at DSN 880-3056, (973) 724-3056, or email:
or Edward Gilligan at DSN 880-4992, (973) 724-4992, or email:
You can also contact TACOM’s John Kelty at DSN 786-1275, (586) 282-1275, or email: