The department head is the designated department
safety officer. He or she coordinates the department
safety program with the command safety officer. The
department safety officer acts as a point of contact for
coordinating and evaluating the ships safety program.
Further, the department safety officer ensures the
correction of all hazardous conditions revealed by safety
hazard reports. He or she maintains records of mishaps,
safety hazards, and safety training within the department
and maintains direct liaison with the unit safety officer.
The department head is also a member of the Safety
Each division officer is assigned as the division
safety officer. He or she advises the department safety
officer on the status of the safety program within the
division. That includes the status of any safety-related
item revealed through the 3-M Systems. An example
would be noncompliance with or a deficiency in the
planned maintenance system (PMS). He or she also
advises the department safety officer of any safety
training needs within the division and ensures that
assigned personnel are properly trained for their billet.
The division officer appoints an E-5 or above to serve
as the division safety petty officer.
Division Safety Petty Officers
The division safety petty officer must become
thoroughly familiar with all safety directives and
precautions that apply to his or her division. He or she
conducts assigned division mishap prevention training
and maintains appropriate records. The division safety
petty officer assists in safety investigations as directed
and makes recommendations about the safety program.
Further, the safety petty officer helps the division officer
execute safety duties. He or she acts as the technical
advisor on matters of mishap prevention within the
division. The division safety petty officer is the
divisions representative to the Enlisted Safety
Committee. Submarines are not required to assign
division safety petty officers.
All shipboard safety petty officers must complete
the division safety petty officers Watchstation
section of the Personnel Qualification Standard (PQS)
Safety Programs Afloat, NAVEDTRA 43460-4A,
within 6 months of assignment. At least 50 percent of
the ships safety petty officers must also attend the
Safety Program Afloat course, J-493-2099.
Medical Department Representative
The medical department representative provides
direct support to the ships NAVOSH Program. He or
she provides or schedules medical surveillance services,
such as hearing tests; arranges for outside industrial
hygiene assistance; and maintains occupational health
records. The medical department representative
provides the safety officer with injury reports.
The Master-at-Arms/Safety Force
Master-at-arms (MAA) force personnel serve as the
ships safety force, assisting the safety officer in
program enforcement and hazard identification. During
their routine inspections, MAA personnel identify and
report routine hazards and carry out a system of internal
reporting to focus attention on the safety program.
The ships Safety Council convenes quarterly to
develop recommendations for policy in safety matters
and to analyze progress of the overall safety program.
The council consists of the commanding officer or
executive officer (chairperson), the unit safety officer
(recorder), and safety representatives from each
The safety officer may prepare an agenda for the
chairpersons issuance before each meeting. This
information should show the extent of any problems and
suggested approaches to resolving the problems. The
council reviews reports from the medical department
representative and statistics compiled by the safety
officer. In addition, it reviews inspection reports and
safety-related directives and messages from higher
authority. The safety council also performs the
Reviews statistics compiled by the safety officer
from mishap/near mishap reports, inspection
reports, and other information
Directs action to be taken to correct identified
unsafe or unhealthful conditions
Evaluates the ships NAVOSH Program
Reviews issues and recommendations submitted
by the Enlisted Safety Committee
The safety officer keeps records of the Safety
Council meetings and issues the minutes.