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Mishap and hazard reporting.

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In an effort to improve fleet mishap and hazard reporting, USFF released message 301655Z JUN 09 and COMPACFLT 262300Z JUN 09 and 262323Z JUN 09. These messages summarize the reporting requirements contained in OPNAVINST 5102.1D, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS MISHAP AND SAFETY INVESTIGATION REPORTING AND RECORD KEEPING MANUAL. The following information is provided to further aid you in determining whether a safety investigation report is required or not.

1. If there is a mishap that results in >$1 million in damage to equipment, or causes a loss of life, or results in a total permanent disability the type commander (TYCOM) may convene safety investigation board (SIB) to investigate and report the mishap. The SIB's objective is to determine lessons learned for the fleet. This board is not the same as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) board and the information gathered by the SIB will not be shared with the JAG. SIB reporting requirements are listed in OPNAV INST 5102.1D, Chapter 6 and Figure 5-2. Commands are required to notify their chain of command and NSC within 8 hours of the mishap using voice or electronic means. Including COMNAVSAFECEN as an INFO addee on your OPREP-3 satisfies this requirement.

2. Additionally, a mishap that results in damage of $20,000 or more; cases of grounding, collision, and flooding; and all shipboard fires, with a couple exceptions are reportable. Fires in trash cans in which there was no injury and the only thing burned was trash, and "arcing and sparking" that stops when you de-energize the circuit are not reportable. Reports are required when a Sailor uses a firefighting agent to fight a fire, and when you call an event a "fire" in your final OPREP-3/unit SITREP, are reportable. Finally, report all personnel injury that requires greater than basic first aid. The command is responsible to conduct a mishap investigation and report the mishap using Web Enabled Safety System (WESS) or message. The message template is located in OPNAV 5102.1D, Chapter 6 and Figure 5-2. These mishaps shall be reported within 30 days of the mishap.

3. Private motor vehicle-mishap investigation report (PMV-MIR) is submitted for accidents that result in death of a military member. They are investigated and reported by the parent command. Commands may download a PMV-MIR message template from our web site using the following link:

4. Hazard reports (hazrep) are submitted to inform the fleet of a hazardous condition or near miss that may be present on other submarines. The objective is to ensure all commands are made aware of a potential hazard as rapidly as possible. The command that discovers the hazard or has the near miss should submit the hazard report using the guidance located in OPNAV 5102.1D, Chapter 4 and Figure 5-2.

5. NSC continues to receive incomplete OPREP-3s. Chapter 2, section III, paragraph 8. requires commands to review the mishap reporting guidance (OPNAVINST 5102.1D) and determine if the mishap requires a report. Based on this determination, the command will include one of the following three statements as a mandatory RMKS set in the final OPREP-3 message report:


6. Finally, we continue to receive casualty reports (CASREPs) that do not contain a statement regarding mishap report requirements. NWP 1-03.1 (NWP 10-1-10), Chapter 4, paragraph 4.3.7, Figure 4-9 (Order of Data Sets Summary) and Figure 4-10 (Sample Initial CASREP Requiring Parts), provide a "Conditional" data set to include a statement similar to the OPREP-3 requirements. See sheet 2 of 2 data set library figure 4-31.

References: a. Navy and Marine Corps Mishap and Safety Investigation Reporting and Record Keeping Manual, OPNAVINST 5102.1D, b. Special Incident Reporting (OPREP-3 Pinnacle, OPREP-3 Navy Blue, OPREP-3 Navy Unit SITREP) Procedures, OPNAVINST 3100.6H, CH-1, c. NMP 1-03.1 (Previously NWP 10-1-10), Chapter 4.
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