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OPNAVI 5100.19 VOL I

Revision E, May 30, 2007

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  • Revision: Revision E, May 30, 2007
  • Published Date: May 30, 2007
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: US Navy (NAVY)
  • Page Count: 409
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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The purpose of this manual is to provide commanding officers, safety officers, managers, supervisors, and workers for afloat commands with a document that gives the guidance and direction necessary to implement the SOH program.

This manual addresses all aspects of afloat SOH program management. In some instances, small ships (less than 300 personnel) may have to modify program management to suit their command. To ensure uniformity, group and squadron commanders may specify how small ships under their command are to implement the program management aspects of this manual (see paragraphs A0202(e) and A0202(f)).

This manual is organized into four sections.

(1) Section A: SOH Program Administration.

This section outlines the overall administration, organizational, and training aspects of the SOH program, including a statement of policy and a listing of responsibilities.

(2) Section B: Major Hazard Specific Chapters.

This section is divided into chapters which address specific hazards such as asbestos management, heat stress, hazardous material control and management, radiation protection, electrical safety, gas free engineering, tag-out and personal protective equipment. This section is addressed to personnel who have SOH management responsibilities and assist the commanding officer in implementing SOH requirements (e.g., safety officer, electrical safety officer, gas free engineer, hazardous material coordinator, and the medical department representative).

(3) Section C: Surface Ship Safety Standards.

This section contains basic safety requirements that are applicable to surface ship activities and/or equipment. These precautions comprise the SOH safety standards for surface ships required by reference A1-1. It may be necessary, when conducting operations and maintenance on specific systems or equipment, to consult other Navy publications such as the Naval Ships Technical Manual (NSTM), naval warfare publications (NWPs), technical/operating manuals, and equipment maintenance requirement cards (MRCs) from the planned maintenance system (PMS) for additional safety precautions. This section is written for the individual deck-plate sailor and his/her supervisor.

(4) Section D: Submarine Safety Standards.

This section contains basic safety requirements that are applicable to submarine activities and/or equipment. These precautions provide similar guidance to submarines as section C does for surface ships. These standards do not duplicate or superseded 30 May 2007 the safety precautions found in either the standard submarine organization and regulations manual (SSORM), the ships systems manuals (SSMs), or the standard operating procedures (SOPs) applicable to submarines. These other standards augment section D precautions.


The provisions of this manual apply to all Navy ship operations afloat including United States naval ships (USNS) of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) manned by federal civil service mariners and military personnel. Due to the manning complexities for MSC ships, there may be some administrative procedures in this manual that will need to be tailored for MSC ship applications. These procedures shall, at a minimum, provide protection equal to or better than that provided by this manual. Aviation squadrons and other embarked units that are required to comply with reference A1-3 ashore shall coordinate safety program requirements with the ship. The provisions also apply to Marine Corps personnel embarked in the aforementioned vessels. Information contained within volume I of this manual that specifically applies to submarines or that which exempts submarines is annotated as such. Shore activity service craft shall comply with the requirements of reference A1-3.

Requirements of this instruction are applicable to ship's forces while underway and during pier side evolutions. Other Navy instructions and requirements may have precedence during availabilities and when shore side personnel (military, Navy, civilian, or commercial) are on-board performing operations while pier side. Examples include energy control, gas free engineering, hazardous material, and fire watches. Afloat commands shall coordinate with appropriate personnel during preplanning meetings for availabilities and pier side operations involving shore side personnel to ensure applicable Navy SOH instructions are identified and implemented.

Under the statutory authority of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and Executive Order 12344, codified in Public Law 98-525, the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (CNO (NOON)), is responsible for the safety of reactors and associated naval nuclear propulsion plants, and the control of radiation and radioactivity associated with naval nuclear propulsion plant activities, including prescribing and enforcing standards and regulations for these areas as they affect the environment and the safety and health of workers, operators, and the general public. Nothing in this manual shall affect the standards and requirements established by the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (CNO NOON)), for areas under his cognizance. However, for areas other than those described above, such as asbestos control, heat-stress, electrical safety, and gas free engineering, the requirements of this manual apply to activities involved with naval nuclear propulsion.

This manual addresses the identification and maintenance of safe and healthful conditions in afloat work places or occupational environments. Recreational and off-duty safety and traffic safety program requirements are provided in references A1-5 and A1-6. Some, but not all, of aviation safety (chapters C7 and C12) and explosives safety (chapter C14) are addressed. Additional guidance in these areas is provided in references A1-7 through A1-10.