Accession Number:

ADA605037

Title:

Creating a Safety Culture

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA RESOURCE ANALYSIS DIV

Report Date:

2004-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

57.0

Abstract:

Preventable injuries and illnesses present a significant cost to military readiness. The National Safety Council estimates that preventable injuries and illnesses cost DoD 10 billion to over 21 billion annually 1. In 2003, to address recent increases in accident rates, the Secretary of Defense challenged the military services to reduce mishap rates by 50 percent over a 2-year period ending September 2005 2. Nearly concurrent in April 2003, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Safety DASN Safety submitted a report to the Secretary of the Navy in which she recommended improvements to Navy activities supporting safety. The aim was to strengthen the contribution of safety to mission effectiveness and enhance the safety of Sailors, Marines, and civilian employees. Ensuring safety resources was among the topics addressed by the task force. With respect to this topic, the task force recommended that the Navy develop a safety resources plan to maximize the safety contribution to the Department of the Navy mission and establish guidance on tracking safety costs for ashore, afloat, ground, and aviation activities, using standard fiscal nomenclature 3. In leading the Navy s response to the Secretary of Defense s goal, the DASN for Safety is concerned whether the Navy is fostering a culture of safety that supports meeting safety requirements at the activity and operational levels that will, in turn, support the achievement of short term goals and sustain program success over the long-term. She asked CNA to help develop a strategy to foster a culture of safety within the Navy and Marine Corps, including the identification of ways to make a business case for safety. In this study, we focus on answering the basic question of how best to raise awareness and provide focus that supports excellence in safety Navy-wide and that generates the optimum mishap rate reduction for the funds invested.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Safety Engineering
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE