SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND OPERATING
All personnel must know and observe general
safety precautions. Those who perform particular duties
or operations must know and observe the safety
precautions for those duties or operations. Those who
dont understand safety precautions, and those who
ignore them, are equally at risk of injury that may end
in disablement or death. Therefore, all supervisory
personnel must emphasize safety as part of their daily
supervisory duties. This is especially important during
the training of new personnel when they are forming
good or bad habits. The following points are
particularly important for supervisors:
. Be sure that personnel are practicing safety on
equipment and that the equipment is in safe operating
condition. Check safety devices to be sure they are
working. If any safety device is not working, have it
repaired immediately or post a prominent warning until
it can be repaired. Train personnel NEVER to disable a
safety device for any reason. Handle violations
immediately and give warnings or other discipline
depending on the seriousness of the situation.
l Engineering machinery and equipment must be
protected against improper, careless, and abusive
operation. The best protection is, of course, a trained,
competent, and responsible operator. If a properly
trained operator is not available, you may have to use
one who is unfamiliar with the proper operating
procedures for an item of machinery. In that case, be sure
you provide instructions. Also, be sure that operating
instructions are readily available and that operating
procedures and safety precautions are posted on or near
the equipment. Manufacturers furnish technical
manuals for their equipment. In addition, the NSTM
chapters contain information on the best engineering
practice for the operation, testing, and safety of
shipboard machinery and equipment and for the safety
of personnel. NAVSEASYSCOM furnishes newly
constructed ships and conversions with standard and
nonstandard operating instructions and safety
precautions for material under their technical control.
These instructions are suitable for posting. If your ship
is already in operation, you may order plastic-laminated
standard and nonstandard operating instructions and
safety precautions from the Navy Stock List of
Publications and Forms, NAVSUP 2002. Always
inform the engineer officer if instructions and safety
precautions are inadequate. He will inform the
commanding officer, who will issue additional
instructions as needed and inform NAVSEASYSCOM
of the problem.
When engineering personnel work outside of the
engineering department, the responsibility for training
and enforcing safety precautions rests with the head of
the department controlling the operation. For example,
weapons and ammunition handling requires special
instructions by the weapons officer.
The engineer officer has the following
responsibility for safety in the engineering department:
Be sure safety precautions are posted in a
conspicuous and accessible places.
Be sure all persons in the department and others
who may be concerned with engineering matters
observe safety precautions.
Drill personnel in the safety procedures that
apply to their work.
Each division officer has the following
responsibilities for safety in his division:
Instruct subordinates in all safety precautions
Require subordinates to observe all safety
precautions that apply.
Post safety precautions and warnings in
conspicuous places. This includes posting
warnings on dangerous equipment and in areas
of the ship where there are particular hazards.
Each member of the engineering department has
the following responsibilities:
Report unsafe conditions and correct the
conditions where possible.
Warn others of unsafe conditions.
Use approved protective clothing and equipment
where it is called for.
Report injury or ill health to supervisors.
Use caution in emergency conditions or other
Warming-up schedules for propulsion machinery
and boilers are chronological checklists of the key steps
used to light boiler fires and warm up the ships main
engineering plant. These steps are necessary to get the