Safety takes center stage at ESOH fair

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  • By Wayne Crenshaw
  • 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Team Robins members flocked to Robins Park on Wednesday for the annual Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Fair.

The fair included dozens of exhibits related to health and safety issues, along with commercial exhibits featuring tools and other work-place supplies.

Lisa King manned a booth for the Al-Anon District 4, which covers most of Middle Georgia. The group is focused on helping friends and family members of alcoholics. She hoped to encourage people who are impacted by an alcoholism to join the group.

"If your life has been bothered by someone's drinking, then we are for you," she said. "We do not give advice. We are just sharing what we have been through."

Anne Huthmance, who leads a Weight Watchers group at Robins, handed out information about the program. Weight Watchers lets people eat whatever they want, she said, but they should limit the amounts and exercise.

Currently 23 people on base are in the program but a new session is starting May 28 and she hoped to recruit some new members at the fair.

"It's healthy and there are no forbidden foods," she said. "We stress the importance of exercise."

In a parking lot just across the street from the fair, motorcycle safety instructors had a course set up for riding demonstrations. The instructors showed how they can maneuver the bikes around cones. Although it was at slow speeds, the same principles apply to riding on the highway, said safety instructor Michael Melanson.

"Hopefully we are showing people the level of proficiency that we have," he said. "Some of us are better at it than others."

They handed out pamphlets on motorcycle safety and on the See Me, Save Me campaign, which encourages all motorists to watch motorcycles on the highway.

About 60 exhibitors were on hand for the event. Civilian employees were allowed two hours to attend, workload permitting.