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properly identify, report, and correct hazards. It also provides   training   on   properly   managing   safety information,  which  involves  its  collection,  circulation, and  control. ELEMENTS OF THE COMMAND AVIATION  SAFETY  PROGRAM Setting  up  a  proper  aviation  safety  climate  is required for a successful aviation safety effort. The commanding officer creates a set of command safety goals and standards and sets up a means of enforcing those  standards.  In  addition,  he  or  she  creates  an environment that will enhance safety hazard detection and  elimination  and  promote  safety  education,  training, and  awareness  programs.  The  following  elements  of  the command  aviation  safety  program  are  vital  to  a successful  safety  effort: Command  climate—The  commanding  officer must foster a climate that promotes the goal of the command aviation safety program. He or she establishes the goal, monitors achievements of the program, and sets  the  standards. Command   safety   goals—The   commanding officer establishes a clear set of aviation safety goals and an  aviation  safety  policy.  The  policy  defines  what  the commander expects of command personnel to attain these goals. Command   safety   organization—The   com- manding   officer   must   issue   a   description   of   the command safety organization and the tasks or functions of each member of the command safety organization. The flight surgeon or wing flight surgeon serving the command  is  responsible  for  the  aeromedical  aspects  of the command safety program. Aviation Safety Council—If the command is a squadron, an air station, or a larger activity, the com- mand  must  form  an  Aviation  Safety  Council.  The council sets goals, manages assets, and reviews safety- related recommendations. The council keeps records of the meetings it holds. Members of the council review command  plans,  policies,  procedures,  conditions,  and instructions to make sure they are current and correct. The  council  also  responds  to  corrective  recom- mendations.  Standing  members  of  the  council  include aviation,  ground,  and  aeromedical  (flight  surgeon) safety  officers. Enlisted  Aviation  Safety  Committee—Repre- sentatives from each work center and other designated activities,  such  as  the  Medical  Department  and  Aircraft Intermediate  Maintenance  Department  (AIMD),  form the  Enlisted  Aviation  Safety  Committee.  The  committee meets  once  a  month  to  discuss  safety  deficiencies  and provide  recommendations  for  improved  safety  practices and promotion of safety awareness. The committee keeps a record of attendance and subjects discussed at the  meetings.  The  commanding  officer  responds  to  all recommendations of the committee in writing and in a timely manner. Each activity safety petty officer/noncommissioned officer  should  complete  the  personnel  qualification standards (PQS) for Aviation Safety PO/NCO, NAV- EDTRA  43218. Safety Standdown The   command   may   conduct   periodic   safety standdowns devoted to providing dedicated time for safety training and awareness. In addition, safety stand- downs enhance the command safety climate. Safety Surveys To  measure  the  command’s  safety  posture,  the command should conduct periodic safety surveys. They may consist of in-house safety surveys conducted by unit personnel. The surveys also may consist of external services provided by a sister aviation activity, a wing, or a higher staff. The survey might be a formal survey by the NAVSAFECEN survey team. The recommended frequency of formal NAVSAFECEN surveys is every 2  years. Safety Training The  command  must  conduct  and  document  periodic safety training within the command. The command makes sure personnel attend required formal safety training  courses.  nose  who  are  unable  to  attend  must request a waiver from higher authority. Investigation of Suspected Hazards and Reporting Requirements The  command  must  investigate  and  determine recommended   corrective   action   on   all   hazards discovered  or  reported.  The  command  must  report hazards   as   required   by   OPNAVINST   3750.6Q, OPNAVINST  4790.2E,  and  other  applicable  directives. Reporting of hazards contributes to safety and hazard awareness. Reporting of hazards also helps in obtaining corrective  action  and  improves  procedures,  processes, and materials. 8-12

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