You can use Plan of the Day (POD) notes, posters,
stand-up lectures, and video tapes to help you with this
training. You can also use athletic team training as
another way to train personnel in athletic safety.
The following are some of the recreation, athletics,
and home safety topics that should be covered during
training each year:
Basketball (responsible for the most lost time of
Patrons using recreational watercraft and Navy
automotive and woodworking hobby-shop equipment
expose themselves to high-hazard activities. Morale,
welfare, and recreation (MWR) staff members make
sure only qualified patrons safely operate watercraft,
power tools, hydraulic lifts, and spray paint booths. Staff
members should keep a record of those who qualify.
Competent MWR staff members should conduct
training in the use of this equipment. They should
emphasize the use of safety precautions, safety equip
ment guards, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
The health hazards associated with spray painting
require additional precautions. MWR employees must
advise patrons in writing of the hazards spray painting
poses. An MWR employee must observe patrons
throughout the spray painting evolution.
Qualification training for watercraft includes basic
rules of the road, knowledge of personal flotation
devices (PFDs), applicable safety requirements, and
emergency procedures. Successfully completing a small
boat safety course, such as that offered by the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary, is evidence of qualification.
Recordkeeping of Training
Commands must maintain all training records for 2
years. Documentation should include a log of scheduled
training, dates of training, and names of personnel
attending. Each department should maintain its own
training records. These records will be available for
Recreational and hobby facilities and equipment
used by military patrons and dependents will be of safe
design. The facility must provide a safe and healthful
setting for patrons as well as workers.
Each command must inspect and evaluate its
recreational facilities and equipment annually. These
facilities and equipment include game rooms, hobby
shops, shipboard gyms, and workout and weight-lifting
areas. Ashore, they include all the facilities run by fleet
recreation and special services. Ships with enough
athletic equipment to checkout, such as volleyballs and
basketballs, must also have written recreational safety
measures. Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN)
policies require these measures to reduce the possibility
of injury to participants and spectators.
The safety and health personnel and the designated
RAHS Program manager should jointly conduct the
inspection. The inspection identifies hazards and
ensures the execution of abatement plans. NMPCINST
1710.6A, Aquatic Programs and Facilities, governs the
inspection of swimming pools and waterfront areas.
Applicable Navy standards govern the inspection of
other recreational facilities. A summary of these
standards and other requirements for program
administration is available from the NAVSAFECEN.
Personnel checking out athletic equipment must
ensure it is in good condition. Staff personnel should
check gym equipment for sharp edges, loose or worn
parts, and obstruction hazards. Poorly made athletic
equipment, which may not stand up to heavy use, should
not be used.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
You have no choice about wearing several types of
personal protective equipment (PPE). BUPERSINST
1710.20 states that personnel must wear approved eye
protection when playing squash, handball, and
racquetball. Eye protection is not the only PPE required
during an athletic event. Certain athletic events and
work at the hobby shop require the use of mouthpieces,
hand protection, and other types of protective
equipment. Did you know that mouthpieces are credited
with preventing about 200,000 injuries in high school
and college football alone?