Safety, Health and Fire
Welcome to DoD Safety, Health, Fire & Emergency Services
Protecting personnel, property and mission capabilities through
- informed risk decisions
- at the appropriate level of leadership.
Secretary of Defense Safe Summer Message (PDF)
Secretary Hagel asks all DoD personnel to do their part to keep each other safe, especially having the courage to say no to a risk situation. Secretary Hagel provides common-sense actions such as managing fatigue and wearing seat belts while driving.
DoD Prohibits Text Messaging and Hand-held Cell Phones While Driving
DoD implemented the Executive Order 13513 prohibition on text messaging while driving. DoD policy now prohibits driving while: text messaging, using hand-held cell phones, or using other hand-held electronic devices:
- while on official Government business, or - while using Government-supplied devices, whether driving a government or personal vehicle (e.g., a DoD-issued Blackberry). Use of headsets and other hands-free devices is permitted, but not recommended. Recent research indicates the likelihood of crashing is equal for both hand-held and hands-free communication because the conversation pulls attention away from the driving task.