Pacific Rim US Military Safety Personnel Attend 1st CPSI Course in Okinawa, Japan

On June 15 and 16, 45 military civilian safety personnel attended the first ever Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Examination in the Pacific Region. The course was conducted at the Foster Marine Base in Okinawa. Mr Mark Hotelling, Occupational Safety & Health Program Manager, DoDEA Pacific was the local host coordinator. He had people from Guam, Korea, Okinawa, and mainland Japan in attendance. There were participants form every branch of the service stationed in the Pacific Region representing school, childcare, and enlisted housing playground facitilities. It was a very intense program and the site visit at the elementary school site on Camp Foster Marine Base was the perfect site for the second day site investigation exercise. Participants were able to see some relatively older equipment (10 years plus) and observe children playing on the equipment. IPSI, LLC hopes this will be only the first of many future playground safety training programs offered in the Pacific Rim for our military infrastructure support team in cooperation with the National Recreation and Park Association and their National Playground Safety Institute.


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