The Navy has gone to great expense to train people
like you to safely operate and maintain its ships.
Without you and your shipmates, we would not have a
Navy. In this chapter, you have been given information
about personnel safety. Safety is not automatic; you
must practice it constantly. The Navy still has injuries,
but they are less frequent than in the past because crew
members now practice good safety habits.
One of the items stressed in this chapter is the
tag-out system. Without it, there would be a great
increase in injuries and deaths. It is a working system
that, when correctly used, saves many lives.
In this chapter you have been made aware that the
Navy uses many HAZMATS especially cleaning
solvents that may be toxic and highly flammable. As a
petty officer, you must be familiar with all safety
precautions dealing with HAZMATS and know the
procedures for their handling, storage, transportation,
and disposal. You must know how to inspect containers
for leaks and when to reject them if they are damaged.
The responsibilities are great; but as a leader and a
supervisor, you must get the job done in a safe manner.
The responsibilities of the duty DCPO are both
numerous and important. Training your division
personnel in damage control, fire fighting, egress, and
CBR defense could save their lives during a crisis
situation. You must ensure that the material condition
of your spaces is properly set and that fire-fighting and
damage control equipment are in excellent condition.
These precautions will provide your division with a
fighting chance in the event of a fire or CBR attack.
Knowing the procedures for decontamination stations
is part of CBR and for those who work around nuclear
Damage control is an integral part of the safety of
personnel and equipment. As a DCPO your job will be
the safety of the ship during different conditions. The
closure log must be maintained. The DCPO also has
the responsibility to maintain fittings and equipment to
ensure the material condition of readiness of the
command. The WQS bill provides personnel with their
battle stations, lifeboat assignments, and watch
stations. The whole command is set up as a supporting
organization to ensure all aspects of safety in every
division and department.
We are a safety-conscious Navy and will be that
way as long as we have personnel like you working
aboard our ships. Never let down in your effort to
practice safety whether on or off ship. Because you are
valuable to the Navy and your loved ones, we want you
to be as safe as possible.
Basic Military Requirements, NAVEDTRA 14277,
Naval Education and Training Professional
Development and Technology Center, Pensacola,
Navy Occupational Safety and Health (NAVOSH)
Program Manual for Forces Afloat, OPNAVINST
5100.19, Chief of Naval Operations, Washington,
Naval Safety Supervisor, NAVEDTRA 14167, Naval
Education and Training Program Management
Support Activity, Pensacola , FL, 1993.
Naval ShipsTechnical Manual, Chapter 079, Damage
Control, Practical Damage Control, Naval Sea
Systems Command, Washington, DC, 1998.
Naval Ships Technical Manual, Chapter 631,
Preservation of Ships in Service (Surface
Preparation and Painting), Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, DC, 1986.
Naval Ships Technical Manual, Chapter 670,
Stowage, Handling, and Disposal of Hazardous
General Use Consumables, Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, DC, 1987.
Standard Organization and Regulations of the U.S.
Navy, OPNAVINST 3l20.32C, Chief of Naval
Operations, Washington, DC, 1994.
United States Navy CBR-Defense/United States Marine
Corps NBC Defense Handbook , OPNAV
P-86-1-95, Chief of Naval Operations, Washington,
United States Navy Chemical, Biological, and
Radiological Defense Handbook for Training,
NAVSEA S-5080-AA-HBK-010, Naval Sea
Systems Command, Washington, DC, 1985.
United States Navy Regulations, Department of the
Navy, Washington, DC, 1990.
DCPOs are responsible for maintaining
damage control fittings and equipment.