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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 Service policy and, unless stated
otherwise, should not be construed as orders, instructions or directives – KEEP NAVY SAFE.
EACH RAN vessel has one and
they are constantly looking out for
the safety of each and every mem-
ber on board. But what exactly is
the Ship’s Safety Team (SST)?
The SST is headed by the
Executive Officer in recognition
of the team’s importance and rep-
resents all personnel and, as such,
includes at least one junior sailor.
It should also have representatives
from technical and non-technical
Officers must approve the nomina-
tion of members on the SST and
details of the team are to be promul-
gated in prominent positions within
As a guideline, ships with a com-
plement of 70 or less should have
a minimum of three and a maxi-
mum of five team members. Ships
with a greater complement should
have a maximum of no more than is
required for the effective function-
ing of the SST.
The Defence Injury Prevention
Program (DIPP) requires the SST
to consider injury prevention strate-
gies. Physical Training (PT) staff
receive training and competencies
in injury prevention and should be
included on the SST in units where
PT staff are posted.
The SST must perform the fol-
➤ Maintain the ship’s OHS Log.
➤ Ensure OHS reporting and notifi-
cation requirements are met.
➤ Identify and record hazards
through regular workplace
➤ Ensure effective hazard risk
assessments are conducted on all
➤ Ensure implementation of con-
trols to mitigate hazards and
monitor their effectiveness.
➤ Monitor implementation of
accepted safety investigation rec-
➤ Record the minutes of SST/
Safety Committee meetings.
➤ Arrange for appropriately-quali-
fied people to conduct workplace
surveys where concerns exist and
hazards cannot be readily meas-
ured using on board equipment
(e.g. noise, dust or particulate lev-
➤ Coordinate the conduct of inter-
nal safety audits.
Subject to operational tempo, the
SST should plan to meet at least
once every six weeks.
It is not essential for team mem-
bers to have specific training beyond
Safety culture critical
WE CAN’T stress it
enough – work safety is
your own responsibility.
Yes, peers have responsibilities
when it comes to your safety,
and supervisors have responsi-
bilities and legal obligations for
your safety but, when it comes
down to it, you’ve got to take
ownership of making sure your
workplace is a safe one.
Whenever you’re at work, safety
should be foremost in your mind.
You should always be on the look
out for potential hazards so you
can keep you and your mates safe.
Know how to use the equipment
you’re given in a safe manner.
Make sure that you have read the
Standard Operating Procedure
and that you are familiar with it.
Know the potential risks and haz-
ards of any equipment or material
you work with.
Take it upon yourself to keep
passageways clear and decks
free of slip and trip hazards. Learn
safe lifting techniques and correct
postures so you don’t injure your-
self. Use all safety equipment you
are provided with and, if there is
anything you need but don’t have,
make sure you get it.
Know where the material safety
data sheets are held; know how
to use them and know where to
find new ones if a replacement is
needed. Know where all fire extin-
guishers are. Educate yourself and
stay abreast of changes in your
workplace. Keep track of safety
meeting minutes and injury and
accident trends with any equip-
ment you work with. And take your
safety concerns to supervisors.
While on the upper deck or on a
wharf a multitude of hazards may
exist. It is unadvisable to throw rub-
bish or other debris from the ship’s
side onto the wharf. Even though
you may visually check the area
first and provide a verbal warning,
the opportunity for an unnecessary
incident exists. Cranes, forklifts
and cherry pickers operate regu-
larly during maintenance periods.
Although warning pipes are made
and sections are cordoned off,
the danger of falling missiles is
A lot of incidents occur simply
because people just don’t pay
close enough attention to what
they are doing. Paying closer
attention to the environment you
are in is a very basic principle in
accident prevention. Look around
you, if you see a potential hazard,
do something about it and KEEP
Take action to
keep Navy safe
the OHS training continuum but
they should receive adequate guid-
ance and material from the XO or
their delegate. A commitment to
safety culture cannot be sustained
while inadequately prepared person-
nel are charged with implementa-
tion of a safety management system.
A committed and motivated safety
team will have a multiplying effect
on the safety culture within the
organisation and ensure we KEEP
Reference: ABR 6303, Part 2, Chapter
2 – Workplace Arrangements.
STAY SAFE: Ships’ Safety Teams are a critical part of ships’ com-
panies, working hard to ensure our workplaces are as safe as pos-
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