Afloat Safety Archive

  • By LTJG Kate Harrell It’s always an exciting time when you arrive to a new ship – meeting new shipmates, learning about the ship, and exploring all the passageways and nooks of the place you will call home while underway. Although exploring can be fun, we should always remember that […]

    Exploring Risk Management

    By LTJG Kate Harrell It’s always an exciting time when you arrive to a new ship – meeting new shipmates, learning about the ship, and exploring all the passageways and nooks of the place you will call home while underway. Although exploring can be fun, we should always remember that […]

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  • BY JOE PERFETTO, NAVSAFECEN This question is being asked more often than not: Where are the safety officers, managers, specialists and collateral duty safety officers? As safety officers, managers, specialists and collateral duty safety officers, do you have direct access to the commanding officer or officer in charge to inform […]

    Where are the Safety Officers?

    BY JOE PERFETTO, NAVSAFECEN This question is being asked more often than not: Where are the safety officers, managers, specialists and collateral duty safety officers? As safety officers, managers, specialists and collateral duty safety officers, do you have direct access to the commanding officer or officer in charge to inform […]

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  • By ADAN Anthony Haga Everyone has had a time when they did not get enough sleep. Some people deal with a lack of sleep better than others. One person may only feel slightly groggy in the morning, while another feels like they are the walking dead all day long. Either […]

    Safety Through and Through

    By ADAN Anthony Haga Everyone has had a time when they did not get enough sleep. Some people deal with a lack of sleep better than others. One person may only feel slightly groggy in the morning, while another feels like they are the walking dead all day long. Either […]

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  • By AN Jonathan Munsill Working on the flight deck during flight operations is one of the most exhilarating and dangerous jobs someone could ever perform. Aircraft are rapidly launching and recovering while all around the flight deck, crews are hard at work. While working on the flight deck, safety is […]

    The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment

    By AN Jonathan Munsill Working on the flight deck during flight operations is one of the most exhilarating and dangerous jobs someone could ever perform. Aircraft are rapidly launching and recovering while all around the flight deck, crews are hard at work. While working on the flight deck, safety is […]

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  • By AM1(AW) Gregory J. Zybak Since deploying aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as a representative of the Safety Department, I have witnessed and noted several recurring safety issues. The two major areas of concern in which most injuries occur within the skin of the ship and the flight […]

    VFA-213 Blacklions: Safety Issues and Programs

    By AM1(AW) Gregory J. Zybak Since deploying aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as a representative of the Safety Department, I have witnessed and noted several recurring safety issues. The two major areas of concern in which most injuries occur within the skin of the ship and the flight […]

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  • By John C. Williams There are three categories of mishap reports available in the Enterprise Safety Applications Management System: mishap reports, property damage reports and near-miss reports. The mishap and property damage reports are self-explanatory, but the near-miss reports category does need additional explanation. This category has the potential to […]

    NEAR MISS REPORTS: What They Are and What They Do For You

    By John C. Williams There are three categories of mishap reports available in the Enterprise Safety Applications Management System: mishap reports, property damage reports and near-miss reports. The mishap and property damage reports are self-explanatory, but the near-miss reports category does need additional explanation. This category has the potential to […]

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  • By LT Steven Scoville Throughout April 2017, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 was embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) prior to our 2017 deployment. It was the last night of the exercise, so the air wing was doing a pack-out, which started much later […]

    Man Overboard Indicator (MOBI) Malfunctions & Testing

    By LT Steven Scoville Throughout April 2017, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 was embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) prior to our 2017 deployment. It was the last night of the exercise, so the air wing was doing a pack-out, which started much later […]

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  • BY CAPT (SEL) J. LEE BENNETT, NAVSAFECEN Modern-day warships are a network of technologically advanced and complex systems, with each nested subsystem having its own unique techniques and procedures for how to maintain the supporting equipment or respond to malfunctions and failures. However, procedures currently utilized by the fleet (i.e., […]

    Deckplate Compliance or Systemic Failure?

    BY CAPT (SEL) J. LEE BENNETT, NAVSAFECEN Modern-day warships are a network of technologically advanced and complex systems, with each nested subsystem having its own unique techniques and procedures for how to maintain the supporting equipment or respond to malfunctions and failures. However, procedures currently utilized by the fleet (i.e., […]

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  • BY CAPT (SEL) J. LEE BENNETT, NAVSAFECEN Many of the mishap and hazard reports received at the Naval Safety Center from the afloat community (surface ships and submarines) have some common human-related factors; most notably among them is the lack of proper supervision. The root cause behind these incidents have […]

    ORM in Absentia

    BY CAPT (SEL) J. LEE BENNETT, NAVSAFECEN Many of the mishap and hazard reports received at the Naval Safety Center from the afloat community (surface ships and submarines) have some common human-related factors; most notably among them is the lack of proper supervision. The root cause behind these incidents have […]

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  • BY STAN WILLINGHAM, NAVSAFECN Chief of Naval Operations policy requires military and civilian personnel to apply safe and healthful practices in all their daily activities. To recognize outstanding efforts in risk management and mishap prevention, the CNO Shore Safety Awards Program provides recognition to commands with the best overall command […]

    Commands Receive Top Navy Award for Safety

    BY STAN WILLINGHAM, NAVSAFECN Chief of Naval Operations policy requires military and civilian personnel to apply safe and healthful practices in all their daily activities. To recognize outstanding efforts in risk management and mishap prevention, the CNO Shore Safety Awards Program provides recognition to commands with the best overall command […]

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