Sample Documents for Unit Safety

This is a sample Safety Philosophy. You can change it all you want, HOWEVER, there should be one on file from very soon after you take command.

BIG-UNIT-AVB- CDR (385-10)


SUBJECT: Commander's Safety Philosophy

1. Safety is part of everything we do, both on and off duty. There are risks associated with all activities. The judicious use of Risk Management principles can establish control measures to reduce our exposure to those risks. I expect all leaders and soldiers within my unit to constantly be on the look-out for ways to minimize risk and accept only the residual risk that cannot reasonably be eliminated.

2. Excellence in safety starts with individual commitment and discipline. Injuries and damage to equipment can occur for many reasons. Complacency, excessive motivation, overconfidence, and disregard for established procedures are often the greatest causes, according to accident and collateral investigations. Concern for the well being of our soldiers will be exercised on every mission. If you see an unsafe act or condition, do not allow the situation to deteriorate. TAKE ACTION to prevent accidents.

3. Accident prevention is essentially a matter of assessing hazards, developing controls, implementing them, and supervising. Said differently, it is training to the standard every time. If a training scenario does not have a task, condition, and standard, or is not a recognized procedure or maneuver - DO NOT DO IT! We cannot afford to experiment with the lives of our soldiers or the equipment we are authorized.

4. Good judgment can be the cornerstone of a safety program. We can and will develop not only judgement, but a "sixth sense," by having a positive attitude toward our mission, our responsibilities and the consequences of what we do. Safety will be determined and be seen in our commitment to the jobs we undertake and the well being of our fellow soldiers. We must plan our operations carefully, objectively review and analyze our actions, follow standard procedures, avoid unnecessary risks, and extend those practices beyond our unit and our families. We must all ingrain SAFETY in everything we do; before, during, and after operations. We can never compromise the safety of ourselves, our fellow soldiers or our families. Our success is highly dependent upon our mutual support.

5. We can and must achieve safety through prevention. Review of mistakes, to include investigations, are part of the process, but avoiding accidents is the goal. Remain vigilant and take care of yourself, your family, and your fellow soldiers. That is the implied task in every mission we have. I want all members of my unit and their families to know my concern and dedication for your safety and sincere determination to spare no effort in making our unit a safe one. Be aware, be careful and be proactive. - Think SAFETY always!

6. Safety is part of everything we do.

I.M. Honcho



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