real instrument of safety is a careful and
All individuals have the responsibility to understand
All personnel should make it a habit to observe the
and observe safety standards and regulations that are
following "ten commandments of safety."
established for the prevention of injury to themselves
and other people and damage to property and
1. LEARN the safe way to do your job before you
equipment. As an individual, you have a responsibility
to yourself and to your shipmates to do your part in
preventing mishaps. As a petty officer or chief petty
2. THINK safety and ACT safely at all times.
officer, you have the responsibility of setting a good
example; you cannot ignore safety regulations and
3. OBEY safety rules and regulations--they are
expect others to follow them.
for your protection.
Personnel should always observe the following
4. WEAR proper clothing and personal protective
Observe all posted operating instructions and
5 . CONDUCT yourself properly at all
times--horseplay is prohibited.
Report any unsafe condition or any equipment
6. OPERATE only the equipment you are
or material deficiency you think might be
authorized to use.
7. INSPECT tools and equipment for safe
Warn others of hazards and the consequences
condition before starting work.
of their failing to observe safety precautions.
8. ADVISE your superior promptly of any unsafe
Wear or use approved protective clothing or
conditions or practice.
9. REPORT any injury immediately to your
Report any injury or evidence of impaired
health that occurs during your work or duty to
10. SUPPORT your safety program and take an
active part in safety meetings.
Exercise reasonable caution as appropriate to
the situation in the event of an emergency or
In addition to these rules, there are other good work
other unforseen hazardous conditions.
habits that will help you perform your job more
efficiently as well as safely.
Inspect equipment and associated attachments
for damage before using the equipment. Be sure
Remember: Mishaps seldom just happen; they are
the equipment is suited for the job.
caused. Another point to remember is to never let
familiarity breed contempt. Most mishaps could have
Lessons learned from many industrial mishaps that
been prevented had the individuals involved heeded the
have been investigated and studied have been compiled
appropriate safety precautions. Preventing mishaps that
into easily understandable booklets and pamphlets
are avoidable will help you in the Navy and possibly
published to propagate and market safety awareness and
determine whether or not you survive.
familiarity with various rules and regulations. Also,
many safety devices and aides of all types have been
developed to save lives and to provide a means for
avoiding mishaps. However, all of the safety literature,
Promoting safety will require you to become safety
devices, or aides that have been developed thus far and
conscious to the point that you automatically consider
those that will be developed in the future can only help
the one real instrument of safety play its part. That one
safety in every job or operation. By safety reminders