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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.
UNDER the new Workplace
Health and Safety Act com-
ing into force from January
1, 2012, Navy has a greater
responsibility to ensure the safety
of everyone who contributes in any
way to the operation of the organi-
This includes workers, contractors,
sub-contractors, outworkers, cadets,
trainees and volunteers.
The induction process is a vital
component in ensuring the safety of
contractors and uniformed members
alike, designed to provide everyone
with the necessary information to
safely conduct their business.
Induction training addresses health
and safety matters and may cover a
range of topics including security,
administration and local support
Health and safety induction infor-
mation must be specific to the work-
place, identify hazards, threats and
risks associated with the immediate
work environment, and detail applica-
ble safe work procedures and controls.
These briefs are particularly
important during maintenance peri-
ods, where the risk of personal injury
or catastrophic damage to plant and
equipment is often increased.
Over the past 12 months there
have been 142 occupational health
and safety incident reports involving
Contractors have not been solely to
blame, with many of these incidents
involving uniformed members as well.
The most frequent incidents have
RADHAZ and hazardous sub-
process failures; and
incorrect completion of mainte-
Confined space, danger tag, electric
shock and working without correct
authorisation have also been recur-
ring incidents. While the causes are
varied, they all represent a breakdown
in communication, poorly defined or
confused responsibilities, compla-
cency and a disregard for safe work
We must assume the shipborne
environment is ‘foreign’ to contractors
and ensure that they understand and
adhere to Navy’s policies, procedures
and safe systems of work.
RAN personnel may know where
a pipe or cable-run goes, what is on
the other side of a bulkhead, or why
RADHAZ and man aloft procedures
are in place – but a contractor may not.
Safety is everyone’s responsibil-
ity. If you see something that doesn’t
look right, raise it respectfully with the
contractor, your supervisor or officer
of the day.
If you are asked a question that you
do not have the knowledge, experience
or authority to answer, don’t try and
bluff your way through. Take the time
too find the right answer so we can
all work together and get the job done
Working as one
If you see something that doesn’t look
right, raise it respectfully with the
contractor, your supervisor or officer of
TEAMWORK: Working with contractors is part of life in the RAN, but
remember, they may not have the same intimate naval knowledge as
you, so look out for them the same way you would fellow sailors.
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