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Safety Management Systems

Navy policy is to provide a safe and healthful workplace for all personnel.  These conditions are achieved through an aggressive and comprehensive Safety and Occupational Health program, fully endorsed by the Secretary of the Navy and implemented through the appropriate chain of command.

Implementation of a Safety Management System is one key to successful accomplishment of these goals.  The following are examples of three effective models for SOH management and process improvement. 

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PR&MS consists of 6 key models - Mishap Prevention, Regulatory Compliance, Supervision Process, Training, Self-Assessment and Customer Support - which provide a comprehensive look at SOH implementation and identify both strengths, gaps and areas for improvement.  

  • OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)

VPP is a program established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for both private sector business and government organizations.  Management, labor unions and personnel work cooperatively and proactively to prevent workplace hazards, injuries and illness.  DoD has established a VPP Center for Excellence (VPPCX) to assist DON shore activities with implementing VPP tools, processes and obtaining certification.  For further information and assistance, refer to the following sites:

OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Home Page

DoD VPP Center for Excellence - VPPCX

  • Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems - ANSI Z-10 (2012)

ANSI Z-10 is an industry standard developed by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).  It is a non-regulatory guide intended to provide organizations with an effective tool for continual improvement of their SOH performance.  Copies are available from ANSI publications at:


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Last Reviewed: September 17, 2013