If you are issued protective gear, wear it when
performing work for which the gear was
Never overload electrical outlets.
Keep file drawers closed when they are not in
use. Avoid making files top-heavy and be sure
drawer stops are operative.
Dont hang extension cords where somebody
can be snagged by them. Extension cords can
become a trip hazard also. When using an
extension cord, make certain it wont be cut by a
closing hatch or door or by any other means
while it is lying on the deck.
Keep all tools in good condition.
Dont watch a welders arc if you arent wearing
Report defective equipment.
When you open a hatch, always secure it open
with the equipment provided.
Secure all loose articles when heavy weather is
Take heed of all warning signs: HIGH
VOLTAGE, STACK GAS, RF HAZARD, and so
Never smoke in NO SMOKING areas, when the
smoking lamp is out, when painting, or when
handling ammunition or flammables.
Follow good housekeeping practices at all times.
Dont allow loose gear to accumulate where it
might present a tripping hazard.
Learn and follow all safety precautions for the
job you are doing.
EQUIPMENT TAG-OUT PROCEDURES
Learning Objective: When you finish this chapter,
you will be able to
Recall the purpose and procedures of the Navy
Identify and interpret HAZMAT labels.
Identify the purpose of hazardous materials
labels, signs, and symbols.
Post DANGER tags, CAUTION tags, and
instrument OUT-OF-COMMISSION or OUT-OF-
CALIBRATION labels following the authorized
procedures. Those tags and labels help ensure the safety
of personnel and prevent improper operation of
equipment. Dont remove or break posted safety tags
without proper authorization.
Practically every day, you are involved with tagging
out a piece of equipment. You tag out a switch or a motor
to secure the equipment to perform planned
Why do we have tag-out procedures? We have them
because our ships are complex and personnel can get
hurt because of improper equipment operation. For
A submarine was moored to a pier, where it
was waiting for the local diving team to do
some repair work on the hull. Since it was
Saturday, only the duty officer, the duty chief,
and the duty section were aboard. The diving
tag-out had been written out and hung, and the
diving team was waiting for the senior diver to
get to the ship and check the tag out. Once that
was done, the divers entered the water. The duty
chief decided to check the tag outs in the
torpedo room. The chief found the DANGER
tags for the torpedo high-pressure air ejection
s y s t e m p r o p e r l y h u n g i n p l a c e a n d
second-checkedjust like they were supposed
to be. But, when the duty chief checked the
position of the air valves, they were in the open
instead of shut position. With the valves in the
open position, the divers were subject to a blast
of air of 5,000 pounds from the torpedo tubes.
The duty chief immediately ordered the divers
out of the water.
What happened? The persons who hung
the tags hadnt changed the position of the air