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Nsc quarterly report 2nd qtr fy2011


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Nsc quarterly report 2nd qtr fy2011

  1. 1. Contents2 AFLOAT Submarine PMS Performance– Declining trend in basic PMS accomplishment in the Submarine Force.2 A S HO R E New Reporting Module for Diving and Parachuting Released – Makes reporting easier for commands. Nominations for CNO Shore Safety Awards – Don’t miss this valuable opportunity. Motorcycle Training—Closing the Gap– More than 7,000 sportbike riders still need training.4 IN THE SAFETY SPOTLIGHT Pre-Work Check Uncovers Dangerous “Fall Protection” – NAVFAC Southwest fall-protection expert makes good catch before job. Forty T-6As Serviced with Prohibited Oil – Careful research pays off for VT-10’s T- 6A NATOPS Officer. GITMO Dive Locker Excels – Exceptional integration of Operational Risk Management into diving operations. Grampaw Pettibone Award Winners – Unit, individual winners recognized for contributions to aviation-safety awareness. Japan MCM Excels in Safety Survey – USS Avenger (MCM 1).5 MARINE CORPS Hearing Loss—We’ve Heard It Before – New hearing- conservation report helps track status of Marines. MRAP Safety Analysis – Lack of experience, confusion about “side slope” identified as factors.6 MEDIA Two Focus areas for April 2011 – Distracted driving, sexual-assault prevention are targets of next campaigns.6 OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH Safety Success Stories – Winners of CNO and SECNAV Safety awards; activities that achieved OSHA VPP Star recognition. Contractor Safety – Growing area of importance to the Navy safety, legal, contracts, maritime, and facilities communities. OSHA Citations – Twelve in the first quarter, involving emergency response, hazmat storage, fire protection, welding, and electrical. Naval Safety Center 375 A Street, Norfolk VA 23511-4399, 757-444-3520
  2. 2. Submarine PMS PerformanceFY10 safety-survey results and communications from surrounding units attend the school, receivewith INSURV and TYCOM personnel have training and provide feedback on the MRCsidentified a declining trend in basic PMS provided to the fleet. Also, in conjunction withaccomplishment in the Submarine Force. The NSC TYCOM N4 PMS personnel, we’re conductingSubmarine Division is making this a focus topic verbatim compliance monitoring of basic PMSfor FY11, targeting deck-equipment readiness and items that repeat as Top 10 significantcoordinating with TYCOM, SUBMEPP and discrepancies, including PMS spot-checkNAVSEA to support a 100% review of Deck MRCs. conformance. Lastly, NSC is conducting a two-A two-day deck-maintenance school to be hour, submarine-leadership seminar at allconducted onboard a host unit using the host submarine concentration areas to discuss PMSunit’s gear has been developed. Deck petty officers monitoring and spot-checks.New Reporting Module for Diving and Parachuting ReleasedThe new Dive Jump Reporting System (DJRS) Jump module, released on February 9th, makes thingseasier for reporting commands. It captures jump activity via the creation and use of a manifest. Using thisdata, the Naval Safety Center will be able to extract monthly activity reports for Navy and Marine Corpscommands, as well as a required DoD report. Once fully integrated, commands will no longer have tosubmit these monthly activity reports.DJRS offers units several added benefits, including multiple report-query options and maintenance ofjumper qualifications and currencies. Ultimately, DJRS is designed to streamline unit workload bymerging jump manifesting and jump activity reporting into one function. To date, approximately 20% of Navy and Marine Corps parachute program units have been incorporated into the DJRS system. This time-intensive process requires creating and/or verifying approximately 7,000 individual personnel profiles attached to approximately 55 commands. Since its release date, 111 parachute jumps have been recorded in the system. Users are encouraged to review the six DJRS training modules locatedon the Naval Safety Center website at Ifyou have questions, call (757) 444-3520, Ext. 6044, and ask for DJRS jump support. Or submit thefeedback form at, selecting “WESS” from the options bar at the top of the page. Naval Safety Center 375 A Street, Norfolk VA 23511-4399, 757-444-3520 2
  3. 3. CNO Shore Safety Awards for Individual Achievement in SafetyThese important awards formally recognize encouraged to recognize their personnel who areoutstanding civilian and military safety and doing an exceptional job administering SOHoccupational health (SOH) personnel ashore who programs. Nominations for the CNO Individualhave significantly contributed to either their Award for safety can be submitted by anyone fromindividual command safety program or to the an ashore activity; however, the submission mustoverall Navy SOH Program. The Award can be be endorsed via the individuals chain ofpresented to one military officer, one military command to include the CO/XO, and must beenlisted member, and one Navy civilian each fiscal received at the Naval Safety Center by 31year. December annually. For more information, refer to Chapter 32 in OPNAVINST 5100.23G orAll shore-side commands falling under contact Stan Willingham at (757) 444-3520, Ext.OPNAVINST 5100.23G (the Navy Safety and 7125, or email Health Program Manual) areMotorcycle Training—Closing the Training GapDepartment of the Navy motorcycle fatalities have been reduced by 40 percent in the last two years. Thisis a significant fatality reduction that riders and leaders should be proud of. However, resting on ourlaurels is not yet in order. In FY10, 17 of 22 motorcycle fatalities occurred on sportbikes and 14 of those 17riders (82%) had not received their required MSRC training.As leaders and fellow riders, this summer’s goal is to reach that person who has high potential to be thenext “statistic.” Let’s identify our noncompliant sport-bike riders and get them into the next availableMSRC. We need to make sure every rider has the life-saving knowledge taught in the class. There are still 7,688 sportbike riders who are not fully trained. I challenge each of you to do your part to close this training gap. Work through your local safety office to schedule MSRC training within the 60 days of BRC completion. Sooner is better than later. Today’s sport-bikes are performance machines and deadly in untrained hands. Riders can register for training through ESAMS at or by calling their local safety office. Naval Safety Center 375 A Street, Norfolk VA 23511-4399, 757-444-3520 3
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  5. 5. Hearing Loss—We’ve Heard It BeforeNoise is not a new occupational health hazard. Since the military mechanized and introduced gunpowder, noise is a constant threat to Marines, Sailors and Soldiers. Short-term problems usually go awaywithin a few minutes or hours after leaving the noise. Repeated exposures, however, lead to permanent,incurable hearing loss.DoD and DoN policies require controlling hazardous noise in the workplace and during field trainingwhenever possible. Detailed programs are in place, but hearing protection devices remain the mostcommon defense against hazardous noise exposures. Starting with SECNAV’s memorandum, “Global Waron Noise” of 8 June 2007, and augmented by recent audits and a special interest item of the NavalInspector General, DoN has increased attention and awareness of this occupational health hazard.A recent first step: Marine Corps commands are now able to track status of audiometric tests for theirunit. GENADMIN 011328Z Dec 09 [Marine Corps Safety Program, Medical Readiness Reporting System(MRRS) and Hearing Readiness] has been updated with a hearing-conservation report for identifyingMarines who are exposed to hazardous noise. Commanders desiring MRRS access should contact theircommand medical representative for guidance on how to do so.MRAP Mishap Analysis Identifies Inexperience, Confusion About “Side Slope”United States Marine Corps MRAP mishaps continue to rise, likely due to the increasing number ofvehicles available to units currently forward deployed. An analysis was conducted to identify commontrends that may assist deployed units (and units preparing to deploy) to develop risk-mitigationstrategies. Between 2008 and 2010 the USMC reported 78 Class A, B, and C mishaps in WESS, whichresulted in 8 deaths/permanent partial disabilities, 360 days lost, and $3.4M in damage to governmentproperty. The 78 reported mishaps included 15 collisions, 13 crush incidents, 11 rollovers, 11 falls, 7 notwearing seatbelts, 7 maintenance-related, and 7 shock/fire/negligent discharges. Even though rollovers account for only 14 percent of USMC MRAP mishaps, receive the most scrutiny because they account for all of the USMC MRAP deaths and permanent disabilities. Some of these incidents could be due to some confusion among MRAP operators and trainers regarding the side slope that the MRAP is capable of transiting. All MRAP Technical Manuals state that the vehicle can transit a 30% slope (17 degrees), but some operators have mistakenly translated the 30% side-slope to be equivalent to 30 degrees(57.5%), which is almost twice the side-slope that the MRAP is capable of operating on.Most MRAP mishaps can be attributed to a lack of experience on the drivers part, lack of experience inthe operating area, lack of training or a combination of the three. The MRAP Joint Program Office (JPO)conducted an independent analysis and found that 76% of all MRAP incidents occur with drivers whohave less than three months experience behind the wheel. The MRAP JPO noted that training or a lackthere of is noted in the narrative as a contributing factor 60% of the time for all Class A and B mishaps.The MRAP JPO is currently working on several engineering initiatives to reduce the number of rolloversDoD-wide. These initiatives include electronic stability control, hydraulic anti-roll bar, road-edgedetection systems, and a rollover alert device. However, supervision at the lowest level, effective training,and enforcement of existing policies and procedures will remain key components in preventing MRAPmishaps. Naval Safety Center 375 A Street, Norfolk VA 23511-4399, 757-444-3520 5
  6. 6. Two Focus Issues for April April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which makes it a perfect time toidentify and modify any behaviors that distract from the business of driving. Here’s anexample from a couple weeks ago, just down the street from the Naval Safety Center:three Sailors were hit in a crosswalk by a driver who was talking on a cellphone, lookingleft and turning right. All three had to be taken to the hospital, but none were seriouslyinjured.Everyone should learn to recognize the three types of distraction—visual, manual and mental—and learnintervention techniques. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the two agegroups most prone to distracted driving are drivers under age 20 and those between the ages of 20 and29. Please ensure all military personnel age 25 and under have complied with the requirement tocomplete a four-hour driver-safety course. And take advantage of the distracted-driving awareness kitavailable on our website, which offers Plan of the Day reminders, presentations, tips for General MilitaryTraining, and more.A second and equally important focus for the month of April is sexual assault, a corrosive challenge thatdegrades mission readiness, has wide-ranging negative effects for all concerned, and interferes with ourability to work as a team. This may not seem like a “safety” issue, but it is a mission degrader just like anyof our other mishaps. We are assembling and sharing resources to help teach personnel how to managethe risk and recognize, avoid and prevent this crime. The Navy’s primary source of information is theSexual Assault Prevention and Response Office at Success StoriesThe Naval Safety Center coordinated the development of a record number of success stories over the past fewmonths. Six summarize the achievements of those who won the CNO or SECNAV Safety awards, two recognizetwo activities who achieved OSHA VPP Star recognition, and one highlights the benefits of an ergonomics cartcaddy. Links are at SafetyContractor safety is a growing area of importance to the Navy safety, legal, contracts, maritime, and facilitiescommunities. Ensuring that contractors on our Naval bases are operating safely is required by the OSHA VPPprogram. Furthermore, the Navy pays indirectly for contractor mishaps, so there is an added financial interestto improve the safety-related aspects of contracts. NSC led a contractor safety course at the DoD SafetyProfessional Development conference in March 11. Slides from this session are at Also, NAVFAC hasestablished excellent proactive construction safety contractor efforts. Naval Safety Center 375 A Street, Norfolk VA 23511-4399, 757-444-3520 6
  7. 7. OSHA CitationsThere were 12 OSHA citations for the first quarter of FY11 in the hazard areas of emergency response,hazardous-material storage, fire protection, welding, and electrical. It is important for all industrial andproduction activities to review and learn from these citations to ensure similar problems do not persist. Detailsare available at 11 11As I wrap up another quarterly report, I fully realize that this might be my final one. Therefore, I’d like totake this opportunity to thank each and every member of the collective Safety Team for your energy, drive,innovative ideas and commitment to eliminate preventable mishaps. You have done an extraordinary jobbuilding and sustaining safety programs throughout the Navy and Marine Corps to move us towardsworld-class safety status. Everyone involved in the process should feel a true sense of accomplishmentwhen we compare today’s posture and mishap rates with those of several years ago.Without question, there are Sailors and Marines who are alive today… safe and sound, thanks to programswe have launched and overseen. Our personnel today are making better decisions and managing riskmore skillfully than ever before. The obvious results include increased readiness, preserved resources, anda sharper focus on the mission at hand with fewer painful and costly distractions from preventablemishaps.Despite many laudable accomplishments—such as 2010 being the safest year in naval aviation history andother positive mishap trends—our job is clearly not done. As we continue to operate in an increasinglychallenging geo-strategic world, we will face unanticipated risks and hazards. Enduring fiscal constraintswill further refine our focus on preserving our allocated resources. In short, this is “the perfect storm” fora dynamic and vibrant safety program, fully permeating our naval enterprise and making a difference. Asalways, new safety ideas from the fleet, active two-way communications and engaged leadership will bekey components to our Navy and Marine Corps team’s success going forward.The Naval Safety Center team is firmly engaged, addressing the aforementioned challenges. We thank youfor your past support and look forward to your future contributions to keep us marching towards the“world class safety” status that befits the world’s finest maritime power. RADM AJ “Blackjack” Johnson What hazard have you identified today? 12 Naval Safety Center 375 A Street, Norfolk VA 23511-4399, 757-444-3520 7