CAP SAFETY PROGRAM UPDATES
The Civil Air Patrol Safety program is a comprehensive program which promotes safety and awareness in all we do. The objective of the program is to promote a safety culture in our organization. If you have an idea to improve the safety and reduce operational risk to your fellow members? Fill out a CAP Form 26 and send it to the group safety officer.
Monthly Safety Briefings
CAP safety officers (SEs) are still required to provide monthly safety education as described in CAPR62-1.
Monthly Safety Briefing Reports
Members conducting safety briefings must log the briefing information on the eServices module entitled "CAP Safety Education" on the right-hand side menu.
Quarterly Face-to-Face Safety Briefings
In accordance with the interim change letter from the CAP/CC dated 03 NOV 10, the quarterly face-to-face safety education requirement for all CAP members is no longer required.
Introduction to CAP Safety for New Members Online Course
This is an online course available in eServices under the "Online Safety Briefing" application on the left-hand side menu.
Existing Members: In accordance with the interim change letter from the CAP/CC dated 01 NOV 10, all current members must complete this course by 31 MAR 11. This includes all members that have previously completed the Basic Safety course or have earned a specialty track rating in safety.
New Members: Effective 01 JAN 11, all members upon joining CAP will complete this course as part of their Level 1 requirements (senior members) or as a part of their Curry Achievement (cadets)
"In-Person" Safety Briefings Defined
In accordance with the interim change letter from the CAP/CC dated 03 NOV 10, an "in-person" safety briefing is a "session where a participant can interact, ask questions, and contribute to the session. This may be a meeting or session where multiple participants are physically located in the same room and provided the the ability to interact in real time, ask questions, and contribute to the meeting. Participation in a meeting held using telephonic or other technology that permit each participant to simultaneously hear and speak with each other also consitutes "in-person" attendance."
Safety Education vs Operational Risk Safety Briefing
In accordance with the interim change letter from the CAP/CC dated 03 NOV 10, Safety Education is defined as "a learning opportunity where a topic is presented and there is interaction or an assessment to measure comprehension and content retention. Safety education provides lessons to promote a strong safety mindset and culture; namely risk recognition, risk mitigation, risk avoidance and establishing safe habit patterns."
An Operational Risk Safety Briefing is "a briefing that discusses the risks associated with a particular activity and/or sub-activity and must be conducted "in-person" (as defined above) with the member(s) that is/are about to engage in sub activity or sub-activity." Operational Risk Safety Briefings are further explained below.
Operational Risk Safety Briefing Requirements
Below is the exercpt from the interim change letter from the CAP/CC dated 03 NOV 10 which expands upon the Operational Risk Safety Briefing Requirements:
"These briefings, as defined above, are mandatory. Physical documentation of accomplishment is not required.
An example of an operational risk safety briefing would be a briefing by a flight release
officer that advises an aircrew that wind shear is present and the steps to mitigate the risk, such as what should be done at the controls of the aircraft to recover from or avoid it.
An example of a sub-activity would be having an operational risk safety briefing before an
obstacle course at an encampment, a risk brief for working in an encampment kitchen, or discussion of terrain hazards before entering a land navigation lane at a search and rescue exercise.
At the start of each new day operational risk safety briefings must be re-accomplished to
ensure new participants are included and members that were present are updated on the hazards of the day. Additionally, new participants that arrive throughout an activity or sub-activity must receive the same mandatory operational risk safety briefing before participating.
The National Safety Team will work with region and wing leadership, safety officers, and
NHQ directorates to establish a list of approved activities and sub-activities that require operational risk safety briefings, to include who is authorized to give those briefings. Until such time that this list is available, it is expected that operational risk safety briefings will be completed before all flight operations and before all activities and sub-activities where deemed necessary by the commander(s) and/or activities director(s)/officer(s)."
New CAPR 62-2 and Briefing Requirements:
On 07 OCT 10, CAPNHQ published a revised CAPR 62-2: Mishap Reporting and Investigation. FLWG has directed all units to review the new 62-2 with all members of their units during a safety briefing held prior to the end of November. Once complete, this briefing must be logged on eServices as with any other briefing. The subject/topic line must specifically reference "REVISED 62 2 REVIEW."
Email the group safety officer with any questions.