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The CAP Safety Program. Maj Malcolm Dickinson, CAP Director of Safety, New York Wing 16 October 2004. Safety Program Requirements. Every unit must have a safety officer. Every unit must have a safety program. - Monthly briefings - Quarterly reports Annual survey

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the cap safety program

The CAP Safety Program

Maj Malcolm Dickinson, CAPDirector of Safety, New York Wing

16 October 2004

safety program requirements
Safety Program Requirements
  • Every unit must have a safety officer.
  • Every unit must have a safety program.

- Monthly briefings

- Quarterly reports

    • Annual survey
  • Every unit must display safety forms
  • Every unit must report mishaps promptly.
1 every unit must have a safety officer
1. Every unit must have a safety officer.
  • Appoint the safety officer in writing. Keep on file either a CAPF 2a or a Personnel Authorization list.
  • When appointing a new safety officer, the squadron commander must inform the group and wing safety officers within ten days. (A simple memo or email is fine.)
  • Qualifications for the safety officer position:
    • Good judgment
    • Conscientious about quarterly and annual reports
    • If the unit has an aircraft, the safety officer must be a private pilot.
    • Each safety officer must complete the AFIADL “CAP Safety Officer” Course. A new safety officer can begin the course after being appointed.
2 every unit must have a safety program
2. Every unit must have a safety program.

There are three required parts to the safety program:

  • Monthly briefings
  • Quarterly reports
  • Annual survey

The unit can add more safety-related activities if desired.

unit safety program part 1 monthly safety briefings
Unit safety program, part 1:Monthly safety briefings
  • Every unit must conduct a safety briefing at least once a month.
    • If the unit does not meet in a given month, the requirement is waived.
  • An attendance list must be made for each safety briefing.
    • This could simply be the unit’s sign in sheet, or a blank piece of paper giving the date.
  • If the unit contains any pilots, the monthly safety newsletter, “The Sentinel,” must be used in the briefing.
  • Those who miss the safety briefing must review the briefing materials and sign something saying they have reviewed them.
  • The unit must maintain summaries of the last 12 months of briefings at all times
monthly safety briefings excerpt from capr 62 1
Monthly safety briefings:Excerpt from CAPR 62-1
  • Safety Meetings. Ground and flying safety information will be briefed at unit meetings or scheduled safety meetings at least monthly.
  • In units with pilots and an active flying mission, the monthly Safety bulletin published by National HQ [The Sentinel] will be briefed to all personnel.
  • A roster of the individuals who attended the safety briefings will be maintained.
  • Summaries of safety material presented will be made available for review by those personnel not in attendance, that is, bulletin board or reading file.
  • All personnel not present at the safety meeting must read and initial these summaries. Summaries with attached attendance rosters covering the past 12 months will be kept on file.
unit safety program part 2 quarterly reports
Unit safety program, part 2: Quarterly Reports
  • Every unit must fill out a quarterly report form.
    • Currently we are using NYWF 94a for squadrons, and NYWF94 for groups.
    • These forms will be replaced in the next month or two. When this occurs, a copy will be emailed to every safety officer and unit commander.
  • Attendance sheets for each safety briefing must be attached to the quarterly report form.
  • The quarterly report is sent (email, fax, or mail) to the group safety officer. It must be sent NLT 5 days after the end of the quarter.
    • For example, third quarter reports were due on 5 October.
  • The group forwards the report to wing Director of Safety.
    • Don’t send to Wing HQ - use Maj Dickinson’s home address, given on the wing web site, safety page.
  • Group safety officers do not hold all the squadron safety reports waiting for one late squadron. They send what they have and let the delinquent unit suffer the consequences.
communication program to encourage units to submit quarterly reports on time
Communication program to encourage units to submit quarterly reports on time

Example: Fourth quarter reports due 5 January

  • 15 December: director of safety sends email to all group and squadron commanders and safety officers saying “your report is due in 20 days.”
  • 31 December: email to the same people saying “send your report to group now.”
  • 5 January: squadron reports are due at group
  • 15 January: Director of Safety sends email to nywg-info, congratulating all units that have complied
  • 31 January: “Delinquent list” is sent to wing commander(list of units that have not complied)
unit safety program part 3 annual safety surveys
Unit safety program, part 3: Annual safety surveys
  • Each unit must submit its annual survey to group NLT 5 January.
  • Use the new NY Wing form (form number TBA) which will be sent to all safety officers and will be available on the wing web site.
  • Submit the completed survey to the group safety officer (by email, fax, or mail).
  • Keep a signed copy of the survey on file. It will be checked during the next unit inspection.
3 every unit must display safety forms
3. Every unit must display safety forms.
  • CAPR 62-1 requires the unit to display two forms at the unit HQ.
    • CAPF 26 – hazard report
    • FAA form 8740-5 – safety improvement report
  • Both of these are available on the NY Wing web site
  • If someone completes and turns in a form, the safety officer must log it in and forward it to wing.
4 report mishaps promptly
4. Report Mishaps Promptly
  • What is a mishap
  • How to report a mishap
  • When to report a mishap
how do i know whether to report a mishap
How do I know whether to report a mishap?
  • The definition of a mishap is given in CAPR 62-2
  • If it is a bodily injury, use the list in CAPR 62-2 to determine whether it is reportable or not
  • New York Wing no longer modifies this list!
    • Do not report “non-reportable” injuries
    • Do not report typical maintenance issues
  • If you have questions, call Maj Dickinson for help. Do not make assumptions like “well, it’s on the reportable list, but it’s happened to this cadet before, so it’s not worth reporting.”
how do i report a mishap
How do I report a mishap?
  • Refer to CAPR 62-2 and follow the instructions to the letter
  • The NY Wing Supplement to CAPR 62-2 has the names and phone numbers to call or email
  • You must fill out a CAPF 78 and send it (fax or email) within 48 hours.
examples of reportable injuries
Broken bones

Lacerations requiring sutures

Loss of consciousness

Insect bites resulting in adverse reactions

Back injuries

Poisoning of any kind

All cases of heatstroke, exhaustion, frostbite, or hypothermia

Dislocated bones/joints

Serious injuries to eyes, ears, throat, or head

Examples of Reportable Injuries
when do i report a mishap
When do I report a mishap?
  • Immediately – must be within 24 hours
  • Penalties for failure to report can be severe
  • Report to both the wing commander and the wing director of safety
  • Report by phone, by fax, or by email
  • Follow up with a CAPF78 within 48 hours.
examples of non reportable injuries
Simple sprains, muscle pulls/spasms

Upset stomach, sore throat, stiff neck

Minor nicks and cuts

Sunburn, poison oak, etc.

Asthma attacks

Fainting during drill exercises (unless heat induced)

Non-reactive insect bites

Intentionally self-inflIcted injuries

Minor sport injuries such as black eyes, sore muscles, etc.

Examples of Non-Reportable Injuries


What does my squadron have to do to stay in compliance with the safety program?

Answer: Four things.

what does my group have to do to stay in compliance with the safety program
What does my group have to do to stay in compliance with the safety program?





  • Appoint a safety officer in writing.
  • Conduct a safety program, consisting of:
  • Monthly briefings
  • Quarterly reports
  • Annual survey
  • Display the necessary forms at squadron HQ
  • Report mishaps promptly and correctly.
the four most popular ways to get into trouble with the safety function
The four most popular ways to get into trouble with the safety function:
  • Fail to file your quarterly reports
  • Fail to attach attendance sheets
  • Fail to file your annual survey
  • Fail to report a mishap promptly
and the two surest ways to get into trouble
And the two surest ways to get into trouble:
  • Fail to maintain adequate clearance while taxing
  • Fail to stay proficient in nose-high, low-energy landings on the centerline of the runway
closing remarks
Closing remarks:
  • If you see or hear that someone else is using poor judgment (flying or doing other CAP activities unsafely), talk to them and/or their unit commander.
  • If you notice an unsafe condition, fill out a CAPF 26 and turn it in. It will go through squadron and group all the way to the wing, and the situation will have to be fixed.
  • If you have questions, ask.