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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.
ALL personnel within Defence have
a duty to take reasonable care for
their own safety, ensuring their
acts or omissions do not adversely
affect the health and safety of other persons.
All personnel are to comply with any rea-
sonable instruction, policy, procedure or direc-
tive relating to health and safety in the work-
Omissions, put simply, are the actions you
do not take to ensure the safety of yourself and
This goes further than failing to wear cor-
rect PPE in designated areas, or not maintain-
ing three points of contact while transiting
Failure to take reasonable action in fixing
and reporting known workplace hazards can
also be considered an omission.
A hazard is defined as “a source or a situ-
ation with a potential for harm in terms of
human injury or ill health, damage to property,
damage to the environment or a combination
Upon discovering a workplace hazard,
whether it is an unsafe act or condition such as
exposed wires, spilled chemicals or defective
machinery guards, personnel have a responsi-
bility to take reasonable action to eliminate or
if not possible, reduce the hazard to ‘as low as
reasonably practicable’ (ALARP).
With the transition to the Workplace Health
and Safety (WHS) Act in January 2012, this
term will change to ‘so far as is reasonably
Reasonable actions are those that personnel
are competent and qualified to perform safely
and in accordance with
relevant Defence policy,
instructions and SOPs.
Care must be taken
that any course of action
does not introduce new
Hazards which can-
not immediately be
fixed or reduced to ALARP should be reported
either to the member’s immediate workplace
supervisor – using the correct chain of com-
mand in the first instance, using RIPA (report
incidents, prevent accidents), or directly to a
member of the ship’s safety team (SST).
The RIPA approach is used to report any
hazard identified at local level. RIPA can be
completed by anyone and handed to a repre-
sentative of the SST either directly or anony-
mously as soon as possible after completion.
The SST is responsible for identifying and
recording workplace hazards, implementing
suitable controls and monitoring their effec-
Formal hazard reporting is done through
two separate means: an Occupational Health
and Safety Incident Report (OHSIR) and Form
AC563 – Defence OHS incident report.
The OHSIR links to the Navy Hazard Log
(NHL) and is designed
to trigger the necessary
action to rectify or miti-
gate the hazard.
Form AC563 pro-
vides a record of
safety occurrences for
and the recording of
personal details of the individuals affected. An
AC563 does not address the underlying causes
of the incident.
When it comes to identifying and con-
trolling workplace hazards it is important to
remember that safety is everyone’s responsi-
bility and we all have a role to play.
Through incorporating the signature behav-
iour Fix problems – take action and generating
effective solutions to workplace hazards, we
can all contribute towards achieving Navy’s
fundamental safety goal – Keep Navy Safe.
Safety is every sailor’s business
TAKING CARE: Keeping your mates safe is every-
Photo: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
Upon discovering a
personnel have a
responsibility to take
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