Naval Operations (N4, N87, N86, and N88) and the
systems commanders in effecting, maintaining, and
improving the Afloat Safety Program. COM-
NAVSAFECEN recommends revisions to OPNAV-
INST 5100.19B about safety standards for forces afloat
and periodically reviews and revises OPNAVINST
5100.21B. Naval Safety Center personnel, also act as
technical consultants for all afloat safety training. At
least annually, COMNAVSAFECEN reports on the
Afloat Safety Program compliance to the assistant
Chiefs of Naval Operations. These reports are based on
the analysis of data collected during safety surveys.
COMNAVSAFECEN provides an advisor to
mishap investigation boards for Class A mishaps. The
commander coordinates, with the type commander
(TYCOM), recommendations for investigation of other
than Class A mishaps that may warrant a mishap
investigation board. When agreed upon with the type
commander, COMNAVSAFECEN also provides an
advisor for mishap investigation boards for other than
Class A mishaps.
COMNAVSAFECEN determines, when appro-
priate and if requested, the privileged or nonprivileged
status of all mishap investigation board evidence.
COMNAVSAFECEN conducts the final review and
analysis of mishap investigation reports (MIRs). He or
she endorses MIRs and provides a copy to all endorsers.
me Naval Safety Center retains, as the custodian, MIRs
and the endorsements for at least 5 years. COM-
NAVSAFECEN checks the completion of corrective
action resulting from an MIR.
Sanitizing MIRs and endorsements for use in safety
training upon request is another COMNAVSAFECEN
responsibility. Sanitizing includes removing all identi-
fiable data that could connect the report to an individual,
organization, or particular mishap. COMNAVSAFE-
CEN promptly distributes essential information, such as
lessons learned, to cognizant commands. The Naval
Safety Center also maintains a centralized historical
safety data repository.
Submarine, surface, air, Naval Reserve, and MSC
TYCOMs ensure subordinate afloat commands set in
motion and maintain the Afloat Safety Program.
Through group and squadron commanders, TYCOMs
foster a positive atmosphere that encourages and
demands continuous attention to hazard identification,
mishap prevention, and proper reporting.
TYCOMs ensure the correction of documented
hazards receives priority during availability planning.
Additionally, they make sure subordinate units conduct
timely and complete shipboard safety mishap
investigations. A TYCOM directs the formal investi-
gation of any Class B mishap. Additionally, a TYCOM
directs a mishap investigation board in the investigation
of other mishaps if the investigation may reveal vital
TYCOMs will provide and maintain the overall
Quality Assurance (QA) Program as an integral part of
mishap prevention. In maintaining the QA Program,
they must strive to eliminate the hazards in dangerous
shipboard systems. TYCOMs coordinate with the
COMNAVSAFECEN, COMNAVSEASYSCOM, and
other technical agencies in providing aid to the mishap
board, when requested.
GROUP AND SQUADRON COMMANDERS
Group and squadron commanders ensure
subordinate commands execute and maintain the Afloat
Safety Program according to the policy and philosophy
of OPNAVINST 5100.19B. They must include
elements of this program in command inspections,
including evaluation of the QA process in maintaining
shipboard systems. They also help units identify hazards
beyond their capability to correct in the availability
work package. The units should then schedule the
correction of these hazards.
Additionally, group and squadron commanders
ensure subordinate commands include mishap
prevention, investigation, and reporting in their group
and squadron training requirements. The TYCOM
directs this training. Finally, group and squadron
commanders make sure commanding officers are
informed of hazardous conditions and of specific
hazards identified by a mishap investigation.
GROUP OR SQUADRON SAFETY OFFICER
The group or squadron safety officer acts as the
principal advisor to the commander for the Afloat Safety
Program. Group and squadron safety officers were first
assigned as a primary duty in 1991. These fill-time
safety officers provide continuity in the chain of
command for safety matters from the ships to the
The group or squadron safety officer maintains
appropriate safety records and mishap statistics. He or
she then makes this information available to a mishap
board upon request. The group or squadron safety