MIL-M-38784 Revision C, October 12, 1990
MANUALS, TECHNICAL: GENERAL STYLE AND FORMAT REQUIREMENTS
Includes all amendments and changes through Cancellation Notice 1, July 3, 1995
Additional Comments: CNCL S/S BY MIL-STD-38784
This specification covers the general style and format requirements for the preparation of standard Technical Manuals (TM) (see 6.3.36 and 6.3.38) and changes to standard TMs. This includes all technical documents which are assigned a TM identification number and are to be controlled by a TM management information system or are subject to requisition from an inventory control point. In addition to "paper" delivery, this specification provides for electronic delivery of data through use of the Document Type Definition (DTD) contained in Appendixes B and C. This general style and format specification supplements the various content specifications for specific types of TMs and related publications and does not alone deliver any technical data. Examples at the rear of this specification are typical and may be adapted to fit the specific equipment or situation being covered. Beneficial comments (recommendations, additions, deletions) and any pertinent data which may be of use in improving this document should be addressed to: HQ AFLC/MMDB, Wright-Patterson AFB,- Ohio 45433-5000, by using the self-addressed Standardization Document Improvement Proposal (DD Form 1426) appearing at the end of this document or by letter.
This specification contains paragraphs and specific requirements which are not applicable to all Service. Such paragraphs or requirements are prefixed to indicate the Services to which they pertain: (A) for Army; (N); for Navy; (M) for Marine Corps; and (F) for Air Force.
This document includes guidance for the inclusion of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) guidance in the text of Technical Manuals (TM). The intent is to provide sufficient information to allow a standardized approach to the task, eliminate some of the confusion, and improve the TM preparation process overall. It does not apply to Flight Manuals. This Appendix is a mandatory part of this specification. The information contained herein is intended for compliance.
This specification contains definitions, examples, and general information. This appendix must be used in conjunction with this specification. This specification does not contain the following philosophies which are critical to the effective inclusion of OSH guidance in TMs:
a. TMs cannot be made to be stand-alone safety and health documents. They are but one component of a comprehensive safety and health system that includes, among other things, ongoing industrial hygiene programs, ongoing ground and system safety programs, safety education programs, and worker/management involvement. TMs therefore should support, and be supported by, the entire system.
b. The "cry wolf" syndrome definitely applies to WARNINGS in TMs and should be avoided. Simply stated, if you warn about everything, you warn about nothing.
c. Personnel or equipment hazards cannot be controlled strictly through the inclusion of WARNING or CAUTION statements; they are too easily overlooked. Therefore, after exhausting design and engineering considerations, the premium must be on writing effective and safe task procedures. Then WARNINGS and CAUTIONS may be needed to alert and emphasize, but not to provide procedures.