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* Personnel assigned to perform wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) surveys are not trained and qualified using the heat stress surveyor watchstation 303 of the safety programs afloat PQS, NAVEDTRA 43460-4B.

Solution: OPNAVINST 5100.19D states that the MDR is responsible for conducting WBGT surveys in engineering and non-engineering spaces on submarines when conditions warrant such surveys be conducted. Many units have alternate heat stress surveyors designated just in case there is a need for on-going heat stress monitoring at the same time the MDR is attending to a medical casualty or an actual casualty (such as a fire) where the MDR would not be sent to the scene. I applaud the initiative and forethought of the units that have taken that step. The only problem is that, in most cases, the alternate heat stress surveyors are locally trained. The above PQS is the official training and qualification system for heat stress surveyors and is the only system that should be in use.

* Eye wash stations and personal eye wash bottle locations were not distinctly marked with a highly visible sign (white on green background, NSN 9905-01345-4521).

Solution: Many units have the primary eye wash station identified with the above listed sign. The problem is that the sign is posted on a locker below the eye wash station (at about waist level). The sign must be posted at eye level for it to be highly visible. Some units stow their personal eye wash bottles inside an existing locker, but have no sign posted that identifies that locker as an eye wash location. Ensure your eye wash and personal eye wash bottle locations are readily identifiable to anyone working nearby that may need to use them in an emergency.

The sign is useless if you can't see it.

* The ends of potable water hoses, wrenches, water risers and caps were not painted dark blue.

Solution: The majority of the units surveyed do not even bother to paint the hose ends. Most potable water fill connections and caps have been painted dark blue at some point in the past, but are in serious need of repainting. The dark blue color is meant to indicate that the item (hose, connection, wrench, fitting, etc.) is to be used only to load potable water.

* Personal eye wash bottles were not readily available, in sufficient quantities near eye hazards that are greater than 10 seconds or 100 feet from an eye/face wash unit.

Solution: Since there is no permanent eye/face wash unit in the engine room, there should be personal eye wash bottles (NSN 6640-01-065-9421) readily available near nucleonics and the secondary sample sink (at a minimum).

* Potable water temporary hose connections were not marked with signs that read--"CAUTION DISCONNECT HOSE WHEN NOT IN USE," in one inch high red letters.

Solution: The potable water hose spigots in the CPO head, crew's head, wardroom head and CO/XO head are capable of having a temporary hose (garden hose) attached to them. If the hose is left attached to the spigot, there is a risk of contaminating the ship's potable water supply. The sign at each spigot location is meant to remind the operator to disconnect the hose as soon as he is finished with it to avoid contaminating the potable water supply.
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