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require more than 30 days for correction. This plan should include the following standard data for each deficiency  (or  logical  grouping  of  similar  deficiencies): Dates  of  hazard  identification Location of the hazard(s) Description  of  the  hazard(s),  including  reference to  applicable  standards Estimated RAC (with hazard severity, probabil- ity of single occurrence, and annual personnel exposure  cited  separately)  or  calculated  RAC Interim control measures in effect Description  of  the  abatement  action,  including estimated cost and completion date Closeout  statement,  showing:  completed  abate- ment action and actual cost, with date of com- pleted action; or process discontinued or work site  vacated The installation abatement plan is available for review locally by recognized employee organizations, where  applicable. AFLOAT  HAZARD  ABATEMENT  PLAN The safety officer usually maintains a record or some type of log of safety hazard reports. This log is recommended but not required. This log can be used to track hazards that arc corrected immediately or quickly. Hazards that require additional time to correct are entered   into   the   3-M   Systems.   Such   hazards/ deficiencies should be the subject of a 4790/2K and entered into the current ship’s maintenance project (CSMP). A safety hazard code, similar to an RAC, is placed in block 15 of the OPNAV 4790/2K; the safety hazard is explained in the Description/Remarks block. The CSMP is the Hazard Abatement Plan for forces afloat. Option “D” of the CSMP lists the OPNAV 4790/2Ks that were marked as safety hazards. The safety officer maintains   the   CSMP   listing   of   NAVOSH hazards/deficiencies   that   require   authorization   of funding  by  higher  authority.  A  ship,  shipyard,  or intermediate  maintenance  activity  that  has  NAVOSH deficiencies it cannot correct should submit a request to the  type  commander  for  either  an  alteration  equivalent to repair or a ship alteration. INTERIM HAZARD CORRECTION We  recognize  that  immediate  abatement  of deficiencies  in  working  conditions  may  not  always  be possible  and  that  some  temporary  deviation  from NAVOSH  standards  may  be  required.  Therefore,  you must establish appropriate interim controls as soon as you  note  the  deficiency.  Ashore,  you  should  document such controls on the NAVOSH Deficiency Notice as prescribed in chapter 9 of OPNAVINST 5100.23C. The activity  safety  office  approves  interim  protective measures in effect for more than 60 days. Afloat, the interim action should be documented on the Safety Hazard Report. For an RAC 1 (critical) or 2 (serious) hazard,   the   commanding   officer   must   personally approve  the  interim  control. When  you  must  delay  correcting  an  unsafe condition  for  reasons  such  as  a  shortage  of  funds, personnel,  or  equipment,  take  appropriate  temporary precautions to protect workers until the correction is made.   Such   precautions   may   include   securing hazardous   areas,   disconnecting   power   sources, removing  equipment  from  service,  posting  warning signs,   or   even   verbally   warning   workers   of   the hazardous  condition.  Take  temporary  precautions promptly to reduce the hazard to personnel. We need to address your authority to correct unsafe conditions  at  this  point.  Sometimes  an  unsafe  condition may arise that requires immediate corrective action because it poses an immediate danger to life or limb. We call that an imminent danger situation. Act as your judgment tells you to act to meet the emergency.  Do not delay! Do not worry about whether or not you have the authority. YOU HAVE IT! HAZARD  AWARENESS  DEVELOPMENT When we were young, adults tried to prepare us to live safely. They cautioned us over and over about the hazards  we  would  encounter.  “Look  both  ways  before you cross the street.” “Never swim alone.” “Stay out of  the  medicine  cabinet.”  These  are  some  of  the safety-related  litanies  adults  repeated  to  us  day  in  and day out. In school, our teachers also gave us safety instructions. Today, we are still learning about hazards. As  we  grew,  our  own  experiences  made  the warnings we received by word of mouth even more vivid. We slipped in the bathtub, broke our toys, cut ourselves with knives, damaged our bicycles, and soon. We not only encountered hazards, but experienced the results of failing to heed warnings about hazards. 3-16

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