The Navy has historically maintained safety and occupational health (SOH) programs to protect its personnel and property. Occupational safety has long been an element of the overall Navy safety program, which includes explosive safety, nuclear safety, aviation safety, procurement and systems safety, traffic safety, and off-duty safety. The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Special Assistant in Security Matters (OPNAV (N09F)) has traditionally led the overall SOH program.
The SOH program gained particular importance after the adoption of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) law on 31 December 1970. While the primary purpose of OSH law is to the private sector employer, section 19 of the OSH law Federal agencies are to maintain comprehensive and effective OSH programs that are consistent with the standards published in section 6 of the OSH law.
Navy policy is to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all personnel. The Navy fulfills these requirements through an aggressive and comprehensive program fully approved by the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and implemented through the appropriate chain of command. The program includes the following features:
1 - Compliance with applicable standards,
2 - Implementation of security management systems. Execute an aggressive management program across regions and operations, and send and disseminate program information to all staff.
3 - Inspection of all workplaces by qualified safety inspectors at least once a year. Workplaces will be evaluated by industrial hygiene and occupational health personnel.
4 - Immediate reduction of identified hazards is necessary, including eliminating or minimizing all hazards through engineering or administrative controls. Where engineering or administrative controls are not possible, regions and activities will provide appropriate PPE at government expense. Where hazard mitigation (HA) resources are limited, regions and activities will address the most serious problems first. Where serious unmitigated hazards have not been eliminated, regions and activities will issue appropriate notices to alert workers and identify temporary protective measures.
5 - Procedures for all personnel to report suspected hazards to their supervisors or security and health officials without fear of retaliation,
6 - Appropriate training for all security and medical officers, supervisory and management personnel, and employees. Activities will integrate applicable requirements into training programs and technical and tactical publications.
7 - Procedures for reviewing the design of facilities, systems and subsystems prior to construction or purchase to ensure that hazards are eliminated or controlled throughout their lifecycle;
8 - Comprehensive mishap investigations and a comprehensive management information system provide all the data needed by the higher authority.
9 - comprehensive health surveillance programs, both medical and industrial hygiene, implemented by qualified personnel,
10 - Measurement of employee performance in meeting procedures, requirements and objectives in line with Bureau Personnel Management and Naval Personnel Command directives.
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