NAS Whidbey Island Community
Safety & Health Office
NAS Whidbey Island is now OSHA-approved as a Voluntary Protection Program STAR level participant. The command strives to provide a safe environment for all active-duty, civil service and contractor personnel and all visitors and patrons.
The site safety manager for both NAS Whidbey Island and Naval Station Everett and safety staff are in Building 243.
The staff is responsible for conducting work-site assessments, mishap investigations, confined space entry issues, respiratory protection certification, safety training and Navy Occupational Safety & Health (NAVOSH) process reviews, and for coordinating the Recreation and Off Duty and Traffic Safety Programs.
NAVOSH reviews and assesses programs including industrial and office ergonomics and safety, indoor air quality, man-made vitreous fibers, weight-handling equipment issues, radiation and lasers, sight and hearing conservation, hazard communication, blood-borne pathogens and traffic, recreational, off-duty and electrical safety.
NAVOSH training includes new-employee orientation and supervisory training. Whidbey Island, as part of Navy Region Northwest, uses a Web-based training source, Enterprise Safety Application Management System, now available through Naval Installation Command at https://esams.cnic.navy.mil/esams_gen_2/loginesams.aspx. This site also provides safety training for supervisors, hazard communication and ergonomics, plus monthly safety meeting topics, mishap reporting, unsafe or unhealthful working conditions reporting and personal protection equipment information, and tracks all deficiencies identified in the region. NAVOSH is responsible for conducting traffic safety courses. Anyone operating a government vehicle must attend the AAA Drivers Improvement Course. Military and DOD civilians will need to take this course if:
- While driving a government motor vehicle they were involved in a crash, whether on or off government property.
- While driving a government or private motor vehicle, they’ve been convicted of a serious moving traffic violation (examples: reckless driving, driving while impaired, speeding, following too closely and failure to yield).
- Offenders, military or civilian, must successfully complete a driver improvement course or lose installation driving privileges per OPNAVINST 5100.12J.
Motorcycle Safety — Training for motorcycle certification, including the Basic Rider Course (BRC), Experienced Rider Course (ERC), Advanced Rider Course (ARC) and Military Sports-bike Course, is conducted on a regular basis. All active-duty motorcycle riders are required to attend the BRC, then theERC or ARC 60 days after completing the BRC before gaining base access. Follow-on training is required every three years after the initial class. To get a quota for motorcycle safety courses, go to www.navymotorcyclerider.com. The Safety Office operates as a member of the NAS Whidbey Island team, customer-focused, to afford military and civilians a safe and healthful place to work and play.