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Figure  7-1.—Afloat  mishap  pathfinder
officer  aids  subordinate  commands  in  conducting  safety mishap investigations for all other reportable and special case mishaps. Assuring distribution of safety informa- tion   and   lessons   learned   resulting   from   mishap investigations is an additional responsibility of the group or squadron safety officer. The group or squadron safety officer schedules and coordinates  mishap  prevention  and  hazard  awareness training with the group or squadron training officer. The safety officer helps subordinate commands in rating their compliance with suitable instructions and in rating the effectiveness of their safety and QA programs. The group  or  squadron  safety  officer  also  coordinates  with the staff material officer to ensure that the Current Ship’s Maintenance Projects (CSMPs) identify hazards beyond  ships’  force  capability  to  correct. SHIPBOARD  SAFETY  ORGANIZATION Chapter   1   discusses   the   shipboard   safety organization in detail. OPNAVINST 5100.21B outlines some  of  the  specific  duties  of  the  shipboard  safety organization  dealing  primarily  with  mishap investigation  and  reporting. COMMANDING OFFICERS, MASTERS, AND  CRAFTMASTERS Commanding officers, masters, and craftmasters must  conduct  an  aggressive,  positive  Afloat  Safety Program  based  on  OPNAVINSTs  5100.19B  and 5100.21B. They ensure all mishaps are investigated and assist  mishap  investigation  boards  in  their investigations.  The  safety  officer  acts  as  the  principal advisor to the commanding officer for the Afloat Safety Program. AFLOAT SAFETY OFFICERS The  afloat  safety  officer  reports  directly  to  the commanding  officer  in  matters  about  hazardous  or unsafe  conditions  or  operations.  The  safety  officer reports through the executive officer for matters on program  administration,  program  deficiencies,  and corrective action status. The safety officer helps the commanding  officer  conduct  mishap  investigations  for all  reportable  mishaps  not  investigated  by  mishap investigation  boards. In  case  of  a  mishap,  the  safety  officer  aids  the commanding  officer  in  the  following  responsibilities: Making an accurate plot of the scene Taking  photographs  or  making  videotapes  of  the wreckage, its distribution, and the surrounding area Diagraming  any  underwater  damage Submitting  the  appropriate  report  (fig.  7-1) DEPARTMENT HEADS, DIVISION OFFICERS, AND WORK CENTER SUPERVISORS Department  heads,  division  officers,  and  work center  supervisors  include  information  on  mishap prevention  and  investigations  in  general  military training (GMT). They must emphasize the positive, all-hands approach to safety awareness and hazard identification.  They  must  report  hazards  as  outlined  by OPNAVINST 5100.19B. They also must inspect all work  and  make  sure  all  repair  actions  under  their responsibility  conform  with  QA  procedures. ALL HANDS All   hands   must   know   and   obey   all   safety precautions  and  standards.  They  must  report  suspected unsafe or unhealthful work procedures or conditions to their  immediate  supervisor.  In  addition,  personnel  must report any injuries, occupational illnesses, or property damage  resulting  from  a  mishap  to  their  supervisors. Finally, they should help all safety investigators by voluntarily  providing  mishap  information. AFLOAT SAFETY TRAINING The key to a successful safety program is quality training. CNET provides safety training at all levels in the chain of command. The  Navy  Occupational  Safety and  Health  (NAVOSH)/Hazardous  Material  Control and  Management  (HMC&M)  Navy  Training  Plan,  NTP S-40-8603, requires that all U.S. Navy courses, from recruit  through  commanding  officer  training,  include safety topics. The plan also requires the periodic review and revision of safety courses to ensure they reflect current safety standards. SHIPBOARD SAFETY TRAINING Building and expanding upon NAVOSH formal training requires an effective, onboard training effort. The safety officer and the organization of division safety petty  officers  provide  a  cadre  to  execute  onboard training. All shipboard personnel will receive Afloat 7-4

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