Home' Navy News : April 29th 2010 Contents ment of workplace health and safety
through the implementation of an
integrated systems approach.
Best Solution to an
Identified Workplace Health
and Safety Issue
This award recognises excellence
in developing and implementing a
solution to an identified workplace
health and safety issue. Entries for
this award may include a product
solution, design/engineering innova-
tion, training program, awareness
raising activity or other risk con-
trol measure that reduces the risk of
work-related injury and disease.
Rehabilitation and Return
to Work Award
This award recognises organisa-
tions that demonstrate excellence
and innovation in rehabilitation and
return to work programs for their ill
or injured employees.
The CMDR Dave Allen Award
for Safety Excellence recognises
an individual who has made an out-
standing contribution to any aspect
of safety in Navy. Any nomination
for this award must reflect a level of
performance and/or vigilance signif-
icantly in excess of that which could
reasonably be expected of rank or
experience level of the nominee.
Entry forms and instructions
will soon be made available via
DEFGRAM and provided on the
SMS –N website.
For further details email:
navy.safety @defence.gov.au or
call 1800 558 555.
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Seaworthy is produced by the Directorate of Navy Safety Systems in the interests of promoting
safety in the Navy. The contents do not necessarily reflect Ser vice policy and, unless stated
otherwise, should not be construed as orders, instructions or directives – KEEP NAVY SAFE .
WHEN asked what you could do
to make a task safer, often the first
answer that springs to mind is Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE).
Although this is a fair answer, did
you know that it is not Navy’s first line
of defence to protect personnel from a
In order for members to best assess
risk treatment the RAN has developed
a hierarchy of controls. The hierarchy
of controls is a process used to elimi-
nate or mitigate known hazards. In
order of effectiveness, these controls
➤ Eliminate the hazard from the work-
place entirely. This is the best way
to control a hazard. An example of
elimination is to mop up spilt water
on the deck.
➤ Substitute or modify the hazard by
replacing it with something less
hazardous, for example, by using
water-based chemicals rather than
➤ Isolate the hazard by physically
removing it from the workplace or
by cordoning off the area in which
the hazard exists.
➤ Use engineering methods to con-
trol the hazard at its source. Safety
guards on rotating machinery are
good examples of this.
➤ Introduce management strategies
to ensure the health and safety of
employees. Administrative controls
can reduce exposure to hazardous
equipment and processes. An exam-
ple of this is a man aloft evolution.
➤ PPE is the last line of defence
against a hazard – an interim meas-
ure to reduce exposure. PPE is the
least effective means of controlling
risks and should be used in conjunc-
tion with all other control measures.
Effective use of PPE depends on the
equipment being chosen correctly,
fitted correctly and used at all times
when required. The validity of PPE
must be carefully monitored, as the
hazard is still present and the pro-
tection may be uncomfortable or
even debilitating, creating its own
A major point to remember about
PPE is that the first P stands for per-
sonal. This means that it will only pro-
tect the member wearing it. Any mem-
ber near the hazardous area not wear-
ing the appropriate PPE is exposed.
In this case one of the higher control
methods must be in place to protect
Keep this in mind the next time you
look at an activity and ask yourself is
there a better solution than PPE?
Further information on this can be found in
ABR 6303 Part 2 Chapter 5.
THE NAVY Safety Awards were intro-
duced in 2004 as a means of recognis-
ing personnel and organisations who
make a considerable contribution to
There is a lot of commendable
work being done to ‘Keep Navy Safe’
and Commanding Officers are strongly
encouraged to submit nominations.
The awards are also a gateway for
entry into the Defence Safety Awards,
and following this, the Australian
Commonwealth Safety Rehabilitation
and Compensation Commission (SRCC)
Awards. Previously, Navy has done well
in both the Defence and SRCC Awards.
The Navy Safety Awards consists of
two main awards. The first is The Chief of
Navy Award for Safety Excellence which
is sub-divided into four categories. The
second award is the Commander Dave
Allen Award for Safety Excellence.
The Chief of Navy Award for Safety
Excellence recognises the achievements
of units/ships/establishments in each of
the following three categories:
Leadership Award for Injury
Prevention and Management
This award recognises unit/ship/estab-
lishment commitment to best practice
through exceptional leadership, strategic
integration, crew/employee involvement,
Health and Safety Representative, Ship’s
Safety Team and Safety and Emergency
Management Committee involvement.
Best Workplace Health and
Safety Management System
This award recognises demonstrat-
ed commitment to continuous improve-
Crane, at last
DANGER Tags are used predomi-
nately by the technical department,
however they are used wherever
equipment or systems are removed
from service for any reason.
They form the basis that will
minimise the chance of personnel
injury. A Danger Tag is only effec-
tive if all personnel know and follow
the correct procedures.
When using a Danger Tag it
should be readily visible and secure-
ly attached via the self-adhesive
label or tied to the equipment being
isolated/withdrawn from service.
The Danger Tag (Form OS1 –
Label – Danger) is to be completed
by the person ‘tagging’ the equip-
ment/service out. It must specify:
➤ Any restrictions - DO NOT
➤ The system/name of the equip-
➤ Names of Authorised Officers
➤Day and time it was put on
An Authorised Officer is the per-
son attaching the tag, they are also
to sign the tag in the appropriate sec-
tion. A second person familiar with
the reason for the equipment being
tagged out is included as security.
Once attached, the tag is only to be
removed by an Authorised Officer.
It is critical to know that the
unauthorised removal of Danger
Tags is subject to disciplinary action.
In an emergency the appropriate
head of department may authorise
a Danger Tag’s removal having first
conducted appropriate equipment/
Temporary Danger Tags
(FORM AC594 – TAG
WARNING) are reusable Danger
Tags that can be used for emergency
isolations until a permanent Danger
Tag can be attached or where repeti-
tive short-term procedures are being
carried out. It is never a replacement
for a Danger Tag (Form OS1).
Each ship or establishment may
have a maximum of 25 temporary
Danger Tags and each should be
engraved with the ships/establish-
ment name and tag identification
The temporary Danger Tag is
to be completed by the Authorising
Officer, using a semi-permanent
marker pen that requires a chemi-
cal cleaning agent to remove it and
recorded in the Danger Tag log. The
Danger Tag log coordinator is to val-
idate their use.
A Danger Tag log is to be uti-
lised by each unit/establishment. The
Danger Tag log is to be administered
by a technical senior sailor nomi-
nated by the marine engineer officer
for HMA ships and base engineering
officer for establishments. The log is
to include as a minimum:
➤ Sequential Danger Tag or tempo-
rary Danger Tag number;
➤ Equipment/system identification
➤ Brief description/reason for tag
➤ Authorising Officers printed rank,
name and signature;
➤ Date of isolation;
➤ Date of deisolation, authorising
officers initials; and
➤ The number of temporary Danger
Tags currently held.
The rules and regulations governing the
use of Danger Tags (explained in DI(N)
Log 72-5) is to be promulgated to all
personnel including civilian contractors.
This paperwork saves lives
Protecting your personnel from harm
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