Afloat Safety Archive

  • 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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  • BY STEVEN W. GEIGER, NAVSAFECEN Recordkeeping is a critical part of the Navy’s safety and health efforts for various reasons. For one, keeping track of work-related injuries and illnesses can help prevent them in the future. The Navy also has a responsibility under federal law to comply with Occupational Safety […]

    Serious Mishaps, Call for Serious Recordkeeping

    BY STEVEN W. GEIGER, NAVSAFECEN Recordkeeping is a critical part of the Navy’s safety and health efforts for various reasons. For one, keeping track of work-related injuries and illnesses can help prevent them in the future. The Navy also has a responsibility under federal law to comply with Occupational Safety […]

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  • BY BILL WHITE, NAVSAFECEN What is something that all of us do on a daily basis? We either make decisions or solve problems. The big question then: Are we making good decisions and effectively solving problems? Many of us make decisions or solve problems without giving it much thought, we […]

    Decision Making and Problem Solving: Balancing Risk to Mission and Risk to Force

    BY BILL WHITE, NAVSAFECEN What is something that all of us do on a daily basis? We either make decisions or solve problems. The big question then: Are we making good decisions and effectively solving problems? Many of us make decisions or solve problems without giving it much thought, we […]

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  • BY BILL WHITE, NAVSAFECEN Think of environmental scanning as your organizational or individual radar that reaches out to help identify what is in your path looking forward, but also helps to identify what is on the periphery. The radar sweep can be focused to a small cone looking directly ahead […]

    Environmental Scanning: Determining Threats to Effect Positive Change

    BY BILL WHITE, NAVSAFECEN Think of environmental scanning as your organizational or individual radar that reaches out to help identify what is in your path looking forward, but also helps to identify what is on the periphery. The radar sweep can be focused to a small cone looking directly ahead […]

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