We provide transparent, professional and comprehensive assurance services to the Naval Enterprise.
The Naval Enterprise averaged a $1.4 billion loss in property damage and injuries as well as 108 lives lost each year over the last decade. The ability to properly identify and manage risk directly causes or contributes to most mishaps. To improve risk management culture, the Navy established the Naval Safety Command (formerly Naval Safety Center) in 2022 to enhance our ability to identify, communicate and account for risk. We meet this mission through four primary tasks:
- Investigations (mishap investigations to determine causal factors)
- Data Management and Analysis
- Policy Development
NAVSAFECOM follows five lines of effort directed by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO):
SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
- Establish a standardized Echelon I safety and management policy.
- Continually assess overall risk control management effectiveness of the Naval Enterprise.
- Assure proper and effective accountability of safety management across the Naval Enterprise.
- Collect data and independently analyze it to assess the effectiveness of the Naval Risk Control System.
- Compel an understanding of cumulative and systemic risk and when warranted, communicate and account for risk at the appropriate level.
The Navy employs a unified and resilient Safety Management System (SMS) founded on risk controls. The SMS is designed ensure leaders are aware of risks and enables decisive risk management to ensure operational excellence through continuous improvement.
- An effective SMS avoids unnecessary harm to people or damage to equipment. Avoiding unnecessary loss is vital to maintaining force readiness and preserving our nation’s assets.
- The modern SMS shifts the Navy’s view of safety from a Safety and Occupational Health-centric collection of programs to a risk-centered approach emphasizing management of risk and issues.
- This risk-centered approach acknowledges that operational success results from successful risk management. The deliberate design of this industry-proven approach drives Sailors and Marines to employ risk management and learning into daily decision-making.
SMS Info Paper
Our three-tier third party assessment process determines whether an assessed command identifies, communicates and accounts for risk at the appropriate level.
- The three assessment tiers are our way of assuring the SMS is effective, and that the command is Safe to Operate and Operating Safely.
- Aligned with the CNO’s Get Real, Get Better initiative, we promote transparency by informing senior leadership of our assessment results so they can take informed action to improve their risk posture and unit readiness.