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5. Clothes dryer fire prevention--38.9% were lacking the required dryer fire prevention placard in the laundry space. Ref: OPNAVINST 5100.19E and NSTM 655 and can be ordered under NSN 0177-LF-008-8200.

4. Water heater temperature--43.8% had water heaters set above 130 F. Ref: NSTM 533 "sets the upper limit at 130 F to prevent burns to personnel."

3. Navigation lighting panel N-1--50% had shock hazards in their N-1 lighting panels. This hazard was supposed to be eliminated by A&I N-3171 and TZ-0856. The hazard comes from an exposed, energized, metal stiffener in the circuit breaker handles. Unfortunately the safety hardware which consists of plastic thumbscrews and plastic insulating bushings that are designed to insulate the operators is often found to be missing. Check your N-1 panel and ensure it is safely configured. If you are unsure of the correct configuration please contact me for clarification. Ref: COMSUBLANT/COMSUBPAC A&I N-3171 FOR 688 CLASS, A&I TZ-0856 FOR 726 CLASS, INSULATOR SCREW NSN: 9G 5970-01-094-3317, INSULATOR BUSHING NSN: 9G 5970-01-094-1582

2. Main storage battery--50% did not have chemical goggles readily available for use in the battery well. The SSORM requires chemical goggles to be worn any time a battery cell is open. If the goggles are not available, we assume no one is using them. Make the goggles available wherever you store your battery tools. Train your personnel on the requirements and their uses. Let's eliminate this hazard. Ref: COMNAVSUBFORINST 5400.38/5400.39 ARTICLE 4309, NSN 4240-00-190-6432, NSN 4240-00-764-5152

1. Electrical safety programs--50% were not maintaining their electrical safety programs properly. MIP 3000 series and NSTM 300 specify the required periodicity for safety checks. The periodicity varies depending on the type of electrical equipment involved. Personal items are not included. The most non-compliant items continue to be submersible pumps and other damage control gear. This is doubly unsatisfactory because electrical safety checks on damage control gear are required by electrical and auxiliary division PMS. All divisions must be involved in the effort to safety check and track portable equipment. Each crewmember should be trained that portable equipment cannot be plugged into the ship's electrical distribution system unless it is safety checked and tagged.
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