guidelines for safety training and supervision. All
NCF units and shore commands are required to
implement a formal safety organization.
As a Seabee EVERYONE is responsible for
safety. According to the NCF Safety Manual,
(series), the battalion safety office administers the
battalion safety program and provides technical
guidance. Overall guidance comes from the Navy
Occupational Safety and Health Program Manual
(NAVOSH), OPNAVINST 5100.23 (series). If you
have any questions concerning safety on the project,
the safety office is the best place for you to get your
It is not the responsibility of the safety office to
prevent you from doing something you know or
suspect is unsafe, but they do have the authority to stop
any operation when there is impending danger of
injury to personnel or damage to equipment or
property. Safe construction is your responsibility, and
ignorance is no excuse. It is your responsibility to find
out how to do construction in a safe manner.
The key to any successful safety and health
program is through the application of goal-oriented
techniques, past experiences, adherence to safe
operating practices and procedures, and the full
cooperation of personnel. This goal is reached most
effectively through a well-developed and well-
coordinated training program.
Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 6021,
NAVOSH, 2-week class, trains you on the 29 CFR
PART 1926. This document contains the occupational
safety and health standards for construction as
promoted by the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration as of August 1991.
The NCF Supervisory Safety course is a 40-hour
course taught by NCRs or the battalion safety officer.
Attendees are familiarized with the safety program,
the use of safety manuals, the identification of
construction hazards, and the inclusion of safety in
project planning. All E5-E6 personnel in line
companies and details, all project safety
representatives, and all crew leaders are required to
attend the course.
The Hazard Recognition/Mishap Prevention
course is a 16-hour course taught by the safety chief
to familiarize the working level personnel with
common hazards and safe work practices. Project
safety representatives and crew leaders who have not
attended the NCF Supervisory Safety course are
required to attend it.
OJT is a continuous evolution to train crew
members, and the crew leader needs to use all the
references listed above, plus past experiences,
knowledge, previous training, and daily stand-up
The goal of our safety program is to prevent
mishaps. Seabees do not use the word accident
because it implies the absence of fault (accidents
happen). Mishaps most commonly result from ones
failure to follow safe construction practices. First, lets
define a mishap in the following way:
A mishap is an unplanned event or series of
events that result in death, injury, occupational
illness, or damage and/or loss of equipment or
You may be appointed to assist the safety officer
in administering the Mishap Prevention Program. The
following is a seven step process for you to consider
and practice in preventing mishaps.
Step 1: Recognize hazards Begin by
recognizing that construction is a dangerous business.
The potential for death or serious injury is present
daily on jobsites. Identify very specifically what
hazards could cause death or injury.
Hazard is defined as a workplace condition that
might result in injury, health impairment, illness,
disease, or death to any worker who is exposed to
t h e c o n d i t i o n o r d a m a g e o r l o s s t o
Serious hazard is a workplace condition of a
Category I or Category II nature as defined below.
Category I - Catastrophic: May cause death of
an individual or the loss of a facility.
Category II - Critical: May cause severe
personnel injury, severe occupational illness, or
major property damage.