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NBSD Safety Quarterly Summer Safety Newsletter Captain Winton Smith, Commanding Officer

Published by the NBSD Safety Office

July – August –September 2011


Safety Stand Down at Naval Base San Diego The next Safety Stand Down will be held Wednesday August 31, 2011 at the Base Theater, Building 71. There will be two sessions, one at 1000 and the other at 1300. Guest speakers will cover safety-related topics pertaining traffic safety, home safety, and recreation safety. All hands are warmly invited to attend.


MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets are designed to provide common users, workers and emergency responders of the health hazards of a certain chemical. Before using any chemical make sure you are trained and you know where the MSDS to that product are. Before using a particular chemical, make sure you are trained and you know where MSDSs to that product are. Before using read and familiarize yourself with the PPE, health hazards and reactivity data.

If you do not know where your MSDS book is located, FIND OUT!

UNDERSTAND YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW Not only are employers responsible for ensuring that each employee has a basic knowledge of a chemical and how to find information on an MSDS, but the employer must also ensure the following:

1. Ready and accessible MSDSs (do not lock MSDSs, make sure all employees have access and know where they are located) 2. Information and training provided for each hazardous material used or encountered as part of the job 3. Training on how to read an MSDS 4. Proper protective equipment described in MSDS is provided before use of any product 5. Emergency and first aid procedures available

What does an MSDS Tell You?        

Manufacturer Information Hazardous ingredients Health Hazards Protection and Precautions Spill/Contact Procedures Disposal Instructions Reactivity Flash Points

SUMMER BOATING SAFETY 1. Make sure all children wear life jackets whenever they’re on the boat or near the

Follow these 5 tips for a safer boating season!

4. Check your safety equipment regularly. Fire extinguishers, safety lines, anchors and other safety equipment

water. Kids are fast and they can be

should all be checked to make sure they’re

overboard in the blink of an eye. Don’t count

in proper working condition.

on being able to keep kids safe by “keeping an eye on them” at all times.

2. Make sure there is a life jacket on board 5. Take a boating safety course. for every adult. Never take on more riders Consider taking a safety course and than you have personal floatation devices having other adults and older children in to accommodate. the family taking a course. This is the best way to learn how to avoid collisions with 3. Don’t drink and drive a boat. For the other boats, handle sudden changes in same reasons you don’t get behind the wheel

weather, and deal with any unexpected

of a car after drinking alcohol, you should emergencies that could occur on the never operate a boat when you’ve been drinking.



For assistance, comments or questions, feel free to contact the Safety office located in Building 72.

In the recent months, motorcycle mishaps have increased significantly. To date, there have been 12 Navy-wide and 5 local motorcycle fatalities. For all of FY 10, there were 11 Navy-wide and 1 local fatality. Most of these mishaps can be attributed to inexperience and fast bikes. We must stop this trend!

GET TRAINED! Sign up for ESAMS/Classroom Training/Military Sportbike Rider Course at: Utilize the Naval Safety Center for great information. You'll find articles, presentations, training aids, safety tips and checklists on all sorts of topics including the “TRIPS” toolbox with various safety checklists and information for traveling. Visit

PPE/riding gear is available at the NEX with competitive brands and pricing and NO TAX! Get yours today!

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