A Change in Strategy For Delivering Our Safety Message

FOREWORD BY RDML CHRISTOPHER J. MURRAYEditorial graphic

For more than three decades, the media communications industry has been changing with the times.

Information sharing has dramatically evolved from daily newspapers, slick magazines and desktop personal computers to portable laptops with wireless internet capabilities. Today, data is synonymous with smart mobile devices that communicate via cloud. This change influences the way we do business and creates an opportunity to embrace new technologies that will help the Navy improve its safety culture.

Our newest magazine, 360°SAFE, will bring you safety information, risk-management resources and mishap analysis summaries exclusively online beginning this spring. Approach and Sea & Shore community magazines have also transitioned from print to digital. My staff and I are confident that we can take advantage of electronic and social media to reach our most influential readers: the electronically savvy safety officers and safety professionals who are instrumental in reducing risky behaviors and promoting risk management.

This change is of great significance, giving us the platform to quickly address the Fleet’s needs and requirements. Fast access to information and resources will help our Sailors, Marines and civilians continue to keep safety at the core of their risk-management efforts. As we move through this process, I want to make sure our magazines and other multimedia products continue to be the outlet for our communication efforts and your forum of choice for sharing lessons learned.

Starting with the inaugural issue of 360°SAFE, the media team at the Naval Safety Center will produce three online magazines that will focus on safety assessments, operational risk management, and reporting and high-velocity learning. For more than six decades, the Naval Safety Center has worked side-by-side with big Navy to help build safety awareness, increase training and education resources, and contribute to a safer way of life for Sailors, Marines and civilians. Our work is not done.

In 2015, Naval Safety Center analysts took an operational pause to evaluate the oversight services we provide to our customers. After a critical assessment, we decided to switch from traditional checklist-driven safety surveys that measured compliance with instructions and procedures to a more comprehensive safety assessment process that examines the overall risk management culture of organizations. To achieve the best results, we will collaborate with the Board of Inspection and Survey, and Fleet oversight organizations as well as key stakeholders to refine the process and assessment criteria. Read the initial articles in this issue written by our analysts and subject-matter experts to see the big picture.

I applaud the men and women who have worked diligently to create products and resources that help our Navy improve its safety performance. The Safety Center team continues to work together to address high-impact targets including human error, hazards and mishaps.

Our media products have helped shape an effective risk-management approach for our workforce, and we must continue to be innovative in order to achieve the desired outcomes. Mishaps are a huge drain on our resources and a significant decrement to readiness. Use every resource we offer you – 360°SAFE or other products – to minimize risk and improve your way of life.

RDML Christopher J. Murray  Admiral Murrary

Commander, Naval Safety Center