Civil Air Patrol

Safety Chain Vol 1 Issue 4

The Safety Chain

Safety Chain Vol 1 Issue 4

This issue will be short. At the upcoming Kentucky Wing conference I plan to bring some highlights regarding the new safety regulations that will be forthcoming starting in 2018. CAPR62-2 and 62-3 are being rewritten and are scheduled to become effiective January 2018.
Here are a few items I learned in the three learning labs. The new safety regulations (CAPR160-1) has five chapters. It appears to be the desire to move away from a system of statistics (although data and numbers will still be collected) and looking more toward causality and prevention. My takeaway on this is CAP is moving more toward risk management in all aspects of it operations all the way from weekly squadron meetings and activities within those meetings to major operations such as search-and-rescue.
As a Mission Safety Officer I alsways check the ORM for each sortie during a SAR exercise or Eval. The question is, are we doing ORM when a composite squadron is preparing for PT? For example, let’s take a 1-mile run. Has the squadron safety officer looked at the weather and temperature? Is the gorund wet from a recent rain or morning dew? Is the asphalt (if performed in a paved area) clear of debris? Are the cadets prepared mentally and physically? Have cadets performed any stretches to limber up if needed? Has the safety officer given a briefing to all participants?
Other changes that are forthcoming is SIRS. Presently this is the top project for programmers at National HQ. Mishap entry is going to change. How, I do not know as the the webpages were not ready for demostration at the conference.
As I l learn more about the changes I will let you know.
In a few weeks we will start the new fiscal year, and with that, Safety Surveys will be due. The due date for units will be much earlier than last year. I plan to discuss during the learning lab how to prepare a sucessful annual safety survey at the Kentucky Wing conference in October.
Semper Vigilans

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