Aviation Safety Officer
The aviation safety officer (ASO) acts as principal
advisor to the commanding officer on all aviation safety
matters. He or she advises and aids the commanding
officer in setting up and managing a command aviation
safety program. The ASO is responsible for providing
safety education throughout the command. He or she
also ensures the incorporation of safety standards and
procedures into all activity functions. The ASO
coordinates safety matters among the organization staff.
He or she maintains appropriate aviation safety records
and mishap statistics. The ASO must be a primary billet
The aviation safety officer works with Quality
Assurance/Analysis (QA/A) division personnel to
develop a local maintenance instruction (MI) or
command type of instruction. The ASO and QA/A
division personnel investigate most mishaps/incidents
and hazards in their activity.
A description of the command safety organization
and tasks or functions of each member of the command
safety organization must be issued. The flight surgeon
or wing flight surgeon serving the command is
responsible for the aeromedical aspects of the command
Aviation Safety Council
If the command is a squadron, an air station, or
larger, the command must form an aviation safety
council. The council sets goals, manages assets, and
reviews safety-related recommendations. The council
keeps records of the meetings held. Members of the
council review command plans, policies, procedures,
conditions, and instructions to make sure they are
current and correct. The council also responds to
corrective recommendations. Standing members of the
council include ground, aviation, and aeromedical
(flight surgeon) safety officers.
Enlisted Aviation Safety Committee
Representatives from each work center and other
designated activities, such as the Medical Department
and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department
(AIMD), form the Enlisted Aviation Safety Committee.
The committee meets once a month to discuss safety
deficiencies and to provide recommendations for
improved safety practices and promotion of safety
awareness. The committee keeps a record of attendance
and of subjects discussed at the meetings. The
commanding officer makes a timely response in writing
to all recommendations of the committee.
Training is a vital part of every effective safety
program. The goal is to promote hazard awareness and
to integrate safety into all unit training. An important
task supervisors have is educating personnel within a
division. Proper safety training will help all hands
become effective safety monitors. Remember, one
person cannot ensure safe working habits and
conditions. You need an all-hands effort to achieve
mishap-free working conditions.
The commands training program, and each
departmental training program, should include a
systematic approach to promote mishap prevention,
both in unit and off-duty activities. Make effective use
of educational materials from outside sources. These
materials include Navy training films, safety notes, and
various publications issued by the Naval Safety Center.
Use these resources as aids in training. Display as many
of these resources as applicable in division workspaces.
That will increase personnel interest in safety.
Training in some OSH topics is mandatory, either
as an indoctrination or periodically. OPNAVINST
5100.23C outlines the NAVOSH training requirements
for shore activities. OPNAVINST 5100.19B defines
indoctrination and annual NAVOSH training
requirements for a ships force. The NAVOSH Training
Guide for Forces Afloat, NAVEDTRA 10074, provides
onboard training materials as well as lists of training aids
and formal safety courses for most required training.
The safety officer or safety manager ensures safety
training is conducted. Frequently, the safety supervisor,
work center supervisor, or safety petty officer conducts
on-the-job or general military training (GMT). If these
safety professionals do not actually conduct the safety
training, they should at least monitor it for effectiveness.
All military and civilian workers must be introduced
to the NAVOSH Program during indoctrination.
Workers are made aware of the specific hazards in their
work areas and general safety precautions. Additional
training may be required for special evolutions such as
1. Preparation for shipyard overhaul
2. Getting under way after a long in-port period
3. Seasonal weather changes or unusual weather
4. Unusual missions or operations