SAN DIEGO – Sailors assigned to ships and other afloat commands in the San Diego area attended the Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) Afloat Safety Seminar at the base theater on board Naval Base San Diego, Feb. 23.
The seminar focused on mishap prevention and reporting, new guidance and instructions, analysis and findings from fleet surveys and assessments by the NAVSAFCEN and more.
“We started off today with safety administration,” said Lt. Cmdr. James Bostick, NAVSAFECEN Deck Lead Analyst. “We invited the chain of command for each ship out to discuss what we are seeing in the fleet regarding mishaps, requirements for the fleet safety program, and updates to the safety program and how to do trend analysis to mitigate the risk and prevent mishaps. We discuss general history and patterns of mishaps throughout the fleet so everybody is on the same page and is implementing the correct safety controls.”
The seminar included briefs to the shipboard sailors regarding warfare specific areas of safety concern to include; combat systems, auxiliary engineering, main propulsion, Navy Occupational Safety and Health (NAVOSH), electrical, weapons, deck and damage control.
“Each warfare area subject matter expert presented a topic to cover their ‘top 10’ most common discrepancies and mishaps they have observed from shipboard assessments and data collection and then provided the attending Sailors the knowledge and tools on how to implement controls and prevent these mishaps on their ships,” said Senior Chief Electronics Technician Charles Gant, NAVSAFECEN Afloat Combat Systems Safety Division Head and Fall Protection Analyst.
This year’s seminar, in accordance with the new Navy safety campaign, teaches methodology to operationalize safety throughout the fleet. NAVSAFECEN is training Sailors throughout the fleet on how to develop trend analysis and identify problem areas where more training and focus is needed.
“This gives the Sailors who attend valuable feedback from the mishap reporting website we use as well as our shipboard assessments,” said Gant. “We compile all that data we receive and obtain in an effort to figure out cause, effect and solutions for mishaps. For example, one of the number one mishaps we see on ships is Sailors falling down ladders. We do research and analysis from the data we receive from the reporting website to try to determine why Sailors are falling down ladders, then we use that data to implement training and provide that training and feedback to the ships.”
The seminar served as a tool to teach Sailors who are fairly new to the safety program’s intricacies as well as those who have been in tune with the safety program to provide a refresher.
“I took over the role of command safety management assistant about three months ago,” said Firecontrolman 1st Class Rosalie Sprouse, from Baltimore, stationed aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25). “We are facing an assessment very soon so I came here to get as much information as I could regarding the safety program and how to effectively implement it at my command. Most importantly I have made contacts that I know that I can go to around the fleet if I have questions. It was a lot of good information and I feel more confident going forward into our assessment.”
NAVSAFECEN conducts these seminars annually in fleet concentration areas around the world honing the safety skills of Sailors and standardizing the safety program throughout the Navy. After San Diego, the center is scheduled to hold safety seminars in Virginia, Hawaii, Florida, Washington and Japan during fiscal year 2015.
Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific fleet places a great deal of emphasis on safety in the fleet. Effective safety practices improve personal, material and combat readiness and help to ultimately support the Chief of Naval Operation’s three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready.