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Global Signs MSD Pledge

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August 10, 2022                                                                     

 

Global/SFC Valve Unites with National Safety Council and Top Industry Employers in Pledge to Reduce Most Common Workplace Injury by 25% by 2025

Joins effort to impact millions of workers worldwide

 

Somerset, PA August 10, 2022 – Underscoring the company’s ongoing commitment to worker well-being, Global/SFC Valve joined the National Safety Council (NSC), America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, and more than 90 of the nation’s leading employers in signing the MSD Pledge to address the most common workplace injury: musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

 

Born out of the Council’s groundbreaking MSD Solutions Lab program – launched last year to tackle this omnipresent safety challenge, which affects nearly a quarter of the world’s population – the pledge represents a first-of-its-kind commitment from employers to identify and reduce MSDs across workplaces worldwide. Along with NSC and Global/SFC Valve, leading organizations such as Amazon, Boeing, Cummins, John Deere, and United Airlines have signed the MSD Pledge.

 

“The health and well-being of our employees is our top priority, and we are committed to finding new ways to ensure we are fostering a culture of safety. We are proud to join NSC and other organizations by taking this important step in mitigating MSDs at our company,” said Linda Heining, CEO/President, Global/SFC Valve. “This pledge not only underscores our own focus on employee and community well-being, but it puts a spotlight on the importance of this issue, so workers across the globe can return home safely every day.”

 

The MSD Pledge aims to inspire a global movement across industries that improves workplace safety, reduces MSD risk and enhances the well-being of all workers. Specifically, Global/SFC Valve is pledging to:

 

  • Reduce risks by analyzing the causes of MSD injuries across operations and investing in solutions and practices that reduce risks to workers.
  • Innovate and collaborate by leveraging best practices and sharing learnings and countermeasures to expand upon innovations to improve safety practices.
  • Build an organizational culture that values safety by promoting a workplace where safety excellence, transparency, and accurate reporting are equally valued, and where everyone, at every level of the organization, is accountable for the safety and health of workers.
  • Commit to a significant reduction of MSD injuries by creating safer outcomes for millions of workers worldwide and reducing MSD risk and subsequent injuries by 25% by 2025.

 

“While there are no sirens associated with this issue, its impact is alarming and we’re asking workplaces everywhere to join us in this effort to keep workers safe,” said Lorraine Martin, NSC president and CEO. “At NSC, our mission is not only to save lives, but also to prevent injuries and the MSD Pledge is an important step forward to help solve this problem. That way, people can spend more time doing the things they love with the people they love.”

 

Kicked off during National Safety Month in June, the MSD Pledge strives to create safer workplaces and healthier communities by addressing the leading cause of workplace injuries across all industries. MSDs are the most common cause of disability, early retirement, and limitations to gainful employment, and they also disproportionately affect frontline workers and communities of color, making risk reduction a critical step in creating more equitable workplaces.

 

In addition to accessing free resources and new safety innovations to help reduce MSD risks, MSD pledge members will participate in the MSD Solutions Index, an annual company index that analyzes the benefits of the pledge over time. The index will aggregate data on risk reduction strategies, workplace safety culture, and innovation and collaboration, while also identifying areas for targeted action and uncovering trends to inform future approaches in solving this critical workplace safety issue.

 

To learn more about the MSD Pledge, the MSD Solutions Lab, or the risks associated with MSDs, visit https://www.nsc.org/workplace/safety-topics/msd.

Global/SFC Valve Corporation is a supplier of the highest quality underway replenishment (UNREP) systems to allow refueling at sea and the replenishment of ammunition, provisions, and spare parts for underway ships.  With Global/SFC Valve’s UNREP systems, the Navy and our NATO allies can remain ready to carry out their mission anywhere in the world.  UNREP systems include:  adapters, cargo bags, bridles, caps, clamps, hose couplings, fittings, hose assemblies, plugs and flow through saddles.  We also supply Navy standard valves and fluid control systems along with many other maritime products and services.  For over 50 years, Global/SFC Valve has been leading the way in serving the U.S. Navy and government customers with a range of products including adapters, clamps, couplings, fittings, hose assemblies, supports, valves, and other auxiliary items.

 

About the National Safety Council

The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for over 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we work to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. We create a culture of safety to not only keep people safer at work, but also beyond the workplace so they can live their fullest lives.

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New Marine Aviation Plan Pushes Digital

Article by: Mallory Shelbourne - USNI News

 

THE PENTAGON — Key to Marines’ latest aviation plan is using the service’s aircraft to keep small units spread across small islands in the Western Pacific connected through a digital interoperability as it continues its modernization efforts for a lighter, more mobile force.

Following the initial iterations of the Force Design 2030 effort to modernize the service for its island-hopping strategy in regions like the Indo-Pacific, the Marine Corps has a plan to apply those modernization initiatives to aviation with digital links front and center.

“With respect to some of the changes you’ve seen … Force Design 2030 really drove a lot of them. And it also drove the reason why we took a couple of years off, as we started to make some adjustments in order to make sure we were articulating what Force Design was from the aviation perspective,” Lt. Gen. Mark Wise, the Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation, told reporters on Monday. “And we put that into the programmatic speak of the document itself so that as it came out, it’s as good as the day that it was signed. But things are going to evolve over time and I would expect there would be some changes to next year as we go on, as there are almost every year with a programmatic document like this.”

Wise described his vision for digital interoperability as the “ability to build our own network locally in order to push information to that squad leader, platoon leader, that’s inside the aircraft on his way to a target area. And he’s actually getting real-time [situational awareness] as to what’s happening.”

 

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Navy Wants to Buy Two Arleigh Burkes a Year While Developing DDG(C) Concept

By: Mallory Shelbourne

February 2, 2022 6:56 PM • Updated: February 5, 2022 11:14 AM

The Navy is committed to buying two Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers per year in tandem with developing its new DDG(X) program, the top surface warfare requirements officer said Wednesday.

While the first priority for the Navy’s surface warfare division director on the chief of naval operations’ staff (OPNAV N96) is delivering the Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyers on time, the second priority is seeking a two-per-year cadence for large surface combatants.

“My next priority is related to the first and that is to budget for and build two large surface combatants a year, at a minimum. Two ships a year with a 35 to 40-year service life results in an objective force of 70 to 80 large surface combatants in our navy,” Rear Adm. Paul Schlise said during a speech at a symposium hosted by the American Society of Naval Engineers.

“And two ships a year provides the Navy with the multi-domain dominance it needs to support the security and prosperity of the United States and it ensures the health of our large shipbuilding industrial base, something that I cannot stress enough,” he added. “Strategic competition requires industrial might and we must take steps to ensure this capability is sustained.”

Schlise’s remarks come ahead of the Fiscal Year 2023 budget submission, which is expected to include another multi-year procurement plan for the Navy’s Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

“As N96, I will continue to make the case for our surface shipbuilding priorities to include two large surface combatants a year,” Schlise said today. “And we need to transition from Flight IIIs to DDG(X).”

Schlise described the Flight III destroyers as a “bridge” to DDG(X), and echoed the Navy’s position that it needs a new hull for the future destroyer program because there is no margin left to add new systems to the Arleigh Burke hull.

Jack Lucas and the Flight IIIs that follow are going to be incredibly capable ships and they will pack considerable combat punch, but they are a bridge to the future. They are not the future itself,” Schlise said. “While they represent a superb effort by the shipyards, the acquisition community, and the design and engineering community to fit as much capability as possible within the DDG-51 hull form, there simply isn’t any more margin for growth. Remember, this hull was designed in the 80s.”

The Navy wants the DDG(X) platform to fire both hypersonic weapon and lasers more powerful than what the service currently fields and is planning for margins that would allow it to upgrade systems, USNI News reported last month.

“With DDG(X), we’re designing in margins – space, weight, power and cooling, or SWaP-C – to accommodate future capabilities, capabilities that are under development today and whose will be proven through intense land-based testing and on other platforms already in service,” Schlise told the ASNE symposium. “Were we to wait on full maturation of every one of these future capabilities, we might not be bending metal on DDG(X) for decades, and we’d be marking time while our adversaries move forward.”

“DDG(X) is a culmination of lessons learned from past programs,” he continued. “Rather than tying the success of DDG(X) to developmental technology, we’re using known, mature technologies on a flexible platform that can be upgraded for decades to come, as the technology of tomorrow becomes more proven and mature. This is an evolutionary ship, not revolutionary.”

While making the case for the two-per-year destroyer cadence, Schlise referred to recent remarks from Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), who sits on the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee. Gallagher, a former Marine, called for the Navy to ask for two large surface combatants a year for a decade as the service shifts from the Flight III destroyers to DDG(X).

“So what I propose is the department should commit to funding two large surface combatants a year for – let’s say 10 years – during which the transition from Flight III … to DDG(X) occurs,” Gallagher told the Surface Navy Association’s annual symposium last month. “Congress in turn will commit to fully funding the DDG(X) program and from there, the Navy will need to provide a plan to both Congress and industry to move forward from two Flight IIIs per year to two DDG(X)s per year over a three to five year transition. I know that the next-gen DDG won’t be online for a 2020s fight, but my point here is you can build a battle force 2025 without neglecting our longer-term modernization priorities.”

 

 

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Indo-Pacific Training Exercise

 

PHILIPPINE SEA – Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, CVW 9 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) fly over the Philippine Sea as Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson (CNV70) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), JMSDF Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181), America-class amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA6), Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Mobile Bay (CG 53 and USS Lake Champlain (CG 57, and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111), USS Chafee (DDG 90) and USS Gridley (DDG 101) transit the Philippine Sea, January 22, 2022.  Operating as part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, units assigned to carl Vinson and Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Groups, America, and Essex Amphibious Ready Groups, alongside JMSDF are conducing training to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Haydn N. Smith).

 

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