Section 5: Safety

LIFE SAVING EQUIPMENT: The ship carries two 20-man life rafts. Life jackets are available over each bunk and in the lab. Exposure suits are available in all berthing areas.

MEDICAL MATTERSRobert Gordon Sproul currently has Medical Advisory Services, (MAS) contracted to provide medical assistance via radio. The ability of the ship to handle medical emergencies is limited. There is a medicine chest, some crew members have first aid training, and of course, help can be summoned by radio, but the best course is to prevent emergencies. To this end: Do not disguise or pass over any abnormal condition you might have, especially any which might appear suddenly and require competent treatment. Prevent injuries by thinking safety all the time. Watch for dangerous situations - fix them or bring them to the attention of someone who can help.

For your safety it is required that all members of the scientific party on a trip more than one day transit to port, fill out the Scripps Questionnaire on Physical Ability for Work at Sea. In addition there is a voluntary Medical History form intended solely for your self-protection at sea. These forms are used in conjunction with the Maritime Health Services, Inc., a consulting medical service ashore that will be contacted should you have an injury or illness.

SAFETY: The Master is responsible for the safety of all personnel; his rules and instruction in such matters are to be followed by all hands. At the beginning of each cruise a safety briefing for scientists, involving the master or his representative is usually held. Spare no effort to avoid accidents - the consequences are generally worse at sea. Man overboard, fire, flooding and significant injuries should be reported immediately to the officer on watch. Bring any unsafe condition to the attention of an officer at once. Follow rules about use of work vest, lifelines, hard hats, proper footwear, etc.

NAVAL CLEARANCE: The southern California operating area is the major fleet operating zone in the Pacific with high-density operations conducted daily in surface and subsurface activity. The more difficult areas to obtain Navy clearance are the San Diego Trough, San Clemente Basin, Catalina Basin, the Pacific Missile Range, Patton Escarpment and all submarine transit lanes. In the interest of safety and efficiency, and to avoid conflict with missiles, submarines and surface Navy vessels, it is advisable to plan and coordinate at least one month in advance with Marine Facilities when working in these Navy-controlled operating areas.