MARINE CORPS SAFETY POLICY

Date Signed: 5/13/2008
ALMARS Active Number: 027/07

UNCLAS 211415Z MAY 07
CMC WASHINGTON DC(UC)
TO  AL ALMAR(UC)
ALMAR
ALMAR 027/07
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC SD//
SUBJ/MARINE CORPS SAFETY POLICY//
REF/A/-/MCO 5100.29A, MARINE CORPS SAFETY PROGRAM/-//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  WARRIOR PRESERVATION IS A VITAL ELEMENT
OF FORCE PRESERVATION AND FORCE ASSURANCE.  OUR COMBAT
READINESS AND COHESION ARE AFFECTED WHEN MARINES ARE LOST
OR INJURED DUE TO MISHAPS.
2.  ALTHOUGH MARINES ARE WORKING TO IMPROVE MARINE CORPS
SAFETY, WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER.  WE MUST CHANGE THE
CULTURE ACROSS OUR CORPS TO POSITIVELY INFLUENCE BEHAVIOR
AND REDUCE MISHAPS - ON- AND OFF-DUTY, DURING OPERATIONS,
TRAINING AND RECREATION - ESPECIALLY FOR GOVERNMENT AND
PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES, INCLUDING MOTORCYCLES.
3.  MARINES AT EVERY LEVEL WILL UNDERSTAND:
A.  SAFETY IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY MARINE.  EVERY MARINE
MUST ACTIVELY MITIGATE ON- AND OFF-DUTY RISKS AND HAZARDS TO
MAINTAIN INDIVIDUAL READINESS.
B.  SAFETY IS ALSO A LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY.  NONCOMMISSIONED
OFFICERS AND COMPANY GRADE OFFICERS PROVIDE THE INSTITUTIONAL
FOUNDATION FOR SAFETY - REINFORCING INDIVIDUAL AND UNIT SAFETY
MEASURES.  REMEMBER, "MARINES TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN."
C.  COMMANDERS POSITIVELY INFLUENCE SAFE BEHAVIOR BY SETTING
THE EXAMPLE, TRAINING AND EDUCATION ENFORCEMENT, INTERVENTION,
AND ACCOUNTABILITY - FULLY INTEGRATING FORCE PRESERVATION
PRINCIPLES INTO TRAINING, OPERATIONS, AND OFF-DUTY EVENTS.
D.  HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS WILL PROVIDE THE POLICIES, TRAINING,
AND EDUCATION TO REINFORCE A MARINE CORPS CULTURE THAT EMBRACES
FORCE PRESERVATION.
4.  SAFETY PROGRAMS WILL NEVER REPLACE LEADERSHIP.  LEADERSHIP IS
KEY TO PREVENTING ACCIDENTAL DEATHS AND INJURIES THAT DIRECTLY
AFFECT THE READINESS AND COMBAT CAPABILITY OF OUR FORCE.  TOGETHER
WE MUST SET THE FOUNDATION OF SAFE PRACTICES TO PRESERVE OUR
MARINES AND SAILORS AND THE EQUIPMENT THEY OPERATE.
5.  SEMPER FIDELIS, JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS,
COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS//