The safety organization must continually
monitor measures taken to ensure the command
meets established safety standards and criteria.
The best policing system is one of self-policing
by both supervisory personnel and workers.
To evaluate safety enforcement, monitor the
adequacy of inspections of mishap prevention
measures, the supervision of routine work, and
special command evolutions. Monitor your divi-
sions adherence to prescribed operating and main-
tenance procedures. Also monitor the correction
of inspection discrepancies, the submission of
work requests, and the full use of the 3-M systems.
As shown by the following quotation, com-
placency, haste to complete a job, and the
it-cant-happen-to-me attitude all tend to oppose
an effective self-policing safety program. Although
many people may be familiar with that quotation,
its safety message is one all should know.
I am more powerful than the combined
armies of the world. I have destroyed
more men than all the wars of all nations.
I massacre thousands of people every year.
I am more deadly than bullets, and I have
wrecked more homes than the mightiest
In the United States alone, I steal
over 500 million dollars each year. I spare
no one, and I find my victims among the
rich and poor alike, the young and old, the
strong and weak. Widows know me to
their everlasting sorrow. I loom up in
such proportions that I cast my shadow
over every field of labor.
I lurk in unseen places and do most
of my work silently. You can be warned
against me, yet, you heed me not. I am
relentless, merciless and cruel. I am
everywherein the home, on the streets, in
the factory, at railroad crossings, on land,
in the air, on the sea.
I bring sickness, degradation and death
yet few seek me out to destroy me. I crush,
I maim, and I wiIl give you nothing and
rob you of all you have. I am your worst
enemyI am CARELESSNESS.
NAVY OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
AND HEALTH (NAVOSH)
The Navys Occupational Safety and Health
(NAVOSH) Program covers all Navy safety areas.
Those areas include aviation; weapons and ex-
plosives; off-duty safety (recreation, public, and
traffic); and occupational safety as well as occupa-
tional health. The NAVOSH Program specifically
addresses the maintenance of safe and healthful
conditions in the work place. All levels of com-
mand within the naval ashore and afloat establish-
ments must begin and manage a NAVOSH
Program based on OPNAVINST 5100.23B. Each
Navy member must comply with all NAVOSH
standards and applicable rules, regulations, and
orders. Violators of NAVOSH regulations or in-
structions are subject to disciplinary action based
on the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Personnel must report to their supervisor all
observed work place hazards, injuries, occupa-
tional illnesses, or property damage resulting from
Industrial equipment includes all fixed or por-
table electric-, electronic-, pneumatic-, and
hydraulic-powered tools used in repairing, main-
taining, calibrating, or testing equipment.
Before assigning personnel to operate or repair
industrial equipment, make sure they have
demonstrated a practical knowledge of its opera-
tion or repair and of all applicable safety precau-
tions. Before allowing personnel to operate
industrial equipment, make certain the equipment
is in good working condition and all installed or
attached safety features are in place and work-
ing. Do not allow personnel to operate defective
equipment until it is suitably repaired. Disconnect
any equipment requiring repair from its power
source and tag it out, following OPNAVINST
3120.32B, until repair is completed. To minimize
possible injuries, post operating instructions and
safety precautions at each piece of equipment and
locate warning plates where everyone can see
Only allow authorized and trained personnel to
operate pneumatic tools, and make sure those per-
sonnel wear and use personal protective devices.