shoes from the supply system or a local purchasing agent
or are reimbursed for their own purchase.
HAND PROTECTION. Personnel should not
wear gloves when operating rotating or moving
machinery. However, they should wear gloves for
protection against other types of hazards. Handling
sharp materials requires the use of leather gloves.
Performing hot work or handling hot items requires the
use of heat-insulated, nonasbestos gloves. The use of
portable electric tools in damp locations or during work
on live electrical circuits or equipment requires the use
of electrical-grade, insulating rubber gloves. Handling
caustic or toxic chemicals requires specific gloves,
depending on the type of substance being used. Thin
rubber gloves or foodhandler-type gloves tear and leak
easily and are not resistant to chemical absorption.
Therefore, personnel must not use these gloves for any
activity involving the use of a chemical substance. All
types of gloves are available in the supply system.
SAFETY CLOTHING. Safety clothing consists
of flameproof coveralls, disposable coveralls,
impervious chemical spill coveralls, welding leathers,
and chemical aprons. When standing watch or working
in a ships fireroom, in main machinery spaces, and in
hot work areas, personnel must wear fire-retardant
coveralls. They should not wear synthetic clothing, such
as certified Navy twill (CNT), in those areas. Aboard
ship, fire retardant coveralls are provided as
organizational clothing. Ashore, special protective
clothing is provided at government expense.
FALL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT. Person-
nel must wear parachute-type safety harnesses with
Dyna-brake safety lanyards when climbing, working
aloft, or working over the side. They should substitute
wire rope for nylon working lanyards when performing
FLOTATION DEVICES. Whenever personnel
other than aircrew members and flight deck personnel
are required to wear life jackets in open sea operations,
the life jackets must be inherently buoyant. In exposed
battle stations and when working over the side,
personnel must wear jacket-type life preservers. They
must also wear them topside in heavy weather, during
replenishment at sea, and in small boats.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY PROGRAM
Electrical shock is a serious hazard. If you combine
high humidity, metal structures, high-voltage
electricity, and perspiration, you have an electrical
hazard. You must always observe safety precautions
when working around electric circuits and equipment to
avoid injury from electric shock and short circuits.
Records show most fatalities caused by electric shock
result from people working on energized circuits and
equipment. Post-mishap investigations show that they
could have prevented these mishaps by following
established safety precautions and procedures. A
technician must view safety with a full appreciation of
the various hazards involved in maintaining complex
and sophisticated Navy equipment.
Elements of the Electrical Safety Program
The Electrical Safety Program consists of the
Following electrical safety standards
Properly using equipment tag-out procedures
Performing routine and periodic testing to detect
and correct unsafe equipment
Properly installing, maintaining, and repairing
electrical and electronic equipment
Performing control and safety testing of personal
electrical and electronic equipment
Portable Electrical Tool Issue
Ships must have a centralized portable electrical
tool issue room for the daily issue of portable electrical
tools. The electrical safety officer supervises operation
of the portable electrical tool issue room. Personnel
assigned to the portable electrical tool issue room
perform daily inspections and safety testing of
equipment before issuing it and upon its return.
Before issuing portable electrical tools, personnel
assigned to the tool issue room brief tool users on routine
tool safety precautions. In addition, they issue any
required personal protective clothing and equipment.
The tool custodian documents this briefing on the issue
record. The custodian can issue tools only to personnel
who have received ships electrical safety training
within the year.
Certain divisions or work centers maybe authorized
permanent custody of selected electrical tools or
equipment. These divisions perform required safety
checks on their equipment. Personnel performing these
checks must be members of an electrical or electronic
rating. They must not issue these tools to other divisions.
Ashore, tools must meet Underwriters Laboratories
(UL) approval or have a grounded metal case. Tools are