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elements. Various directives contain safety guidance and  standards.  Commanding  officers  will  use  them  to set up their shipboard safety program. For a list of references providing detailed safety program guidance, refer  to  enclosure  (11)  of  OPNAVINST  5100.21B, Afloat  Mishap  Investigation  and  Reporting.  This enclosure  refers  you  to  other  directives  for  safety standards  to  prevent  you  from  studying  duplicate  and conflicting  information. You can find most of the shipboard safety standards in the NAVOSH Program Manual for Forces Afloat, OPNAVINST 5100.19B. Volume I contains detailed program  administration  requirements.  Volume  II  pro- vides  safety  standards  for  surface  ships,  and  volume  III provides  submarine  safety  standards.  Volumes  II  and  III replace  the  superseded  instruction,  Safety  Precautions for Forces Afloat. The following publications also contain safety pre- cautions: Naval Ships’ Technical Manuals (NSTMs) General Specifications for Ships of the United States Navy (GENSPECS) General Specifications for Overhaul of Surface Ships (GSO) Naval Sea Systems Command instructions Bureau of Medicine and Surgery instructions Ordnance  publications  (OPs) Fleet and type commander directives AFLOAT  SAFETY  PROGRAM ORGANIZATION Primary  responsibility  for  directing  the  Afloat Safety Program rests with the chain of command. The chain  of  command  includes  commanding  officers, executive  officers,  department  heads,  division  officers, division  leading  petty  officers,  and  work  center  super- visors. It also includes the individual sailor or MSC civilian  worker.  Chapter  1  discussed  a  typical  ship safety organization. The safety organization provides a means to introduce the program and set it in motion. All  levels  in  the  chain  of  command  have  some specific  safety  duties  and  responsibilities.  You  should consult  the  following  instructions  for  further  informa- tion on specific duties and responsibilities: Navy  Occupational  Safety  and  Health (NAVOSH)  Program  Manual  for  Forces  Afloat, OPNAVINST  5100.19B Standard  Organization  and  Regulations  of  the U.S. Navy, OPNAVINST  3120.32C Afloat  Mishap  Investigation  and  Reporting, OPNAVINST  5100.21B U.S. Navy Regulations, 1990 CHIEF  OF  NAVAL  OPERATIONS The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is respon- sible for executing and managing the Afloat Safety Program. The CNO ensures safety training is provided to all U. S. Navy afloat commanding officers, executive officers, department heads, and primary and collateral duty ship’s safety officers. In addition, the primary duty safety officers assigned to readiness group and squadron staffs  also  receive  safety  training. SYSTEMS COMMANDERS Systems  commanders  (COMNAVSEASYSCOM, COMNAVAIRSYSCOM,  COMSPAWARSYSCOM, and  COMNAVSUPSYSCOM)  provide  technical  focus for  comprehensive  development,  assessment,  and administration of surface ship, air, and submarine safety programs.   When   requested,   they   help   mishap investigation  boards  in  the  investigative  process. Systems  commanders  respond  to  the  recommendations and  corrective  actions  developed  by  the  type commanders. They also issue proper documentation to correct  hazardous  conditions.  Finally,  COMNAVSEA- SYSCOM  maintains  membership  in  the  Safe Engineering  and  Operations  Program  (SEAOPS)  for  the landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) review committee. CHIEF  OF  NAVAL  EDUCATION AND TRAINING (CNET) Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) is responsible  for  ensuring  that  subordinate  commands provide effective safety training at all levels in the chain of  command.  CNET  also  ensures  that  safety  awareness is an extensive and integral part of every U.S. Navy training  course. COMMANDER, NAVAL SAFETY CENTER Commander,  Naval  Safety  Center  (COMNAV- SAFECEN), supports the Assistant/Deputy Chief of 7-2

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