DAOD 2052-0, Field Safety

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Policy Direction
  4. Consequences
  5. Authorities
  6. References

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2019-12-12

Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).

Supersession: CANFORGEN 225/11, Management Authority for DND/CF Range and Field Safety

Approval Authority: Chief of the Army Staff (C Army)

Enquiries: Canadian Army Command Senior Safety Officer (CA CSSO)

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2. Definitions

aerial delivery (livraison aérienne)

A delivery of personnel, equipment or other materiel by parachute drop, rappelling or air landing following an air movement. (Defence Terminology Bank record number to be assigned)

danger (danger)

Any hazard, condition or activity that could reasonably be expected to be an imminent or serious threat to the life or health of a person exposed to it before the hazard or condition can be corrected or the activity altered. (Subsection 122(1) of the Canada Labour Code)

field (campagne)

A land-based austere area, site or facility. (Defence Terminology Bank record number to be assigned)

field activity (activité en campagne)

An activity conducted in the field, including aerial delivery. (Defence Terminology Bank record number to be assigned)

field safety (sécurité en campagne)

Protection from danger and hazards arising out of, linked with or occurring in the course of a field activity. (Defence Terminology Bank record number to be assigned)

hazardous occurrence (situation comportant des risques)

An event or series of events that results, or has the potential to result, in injury, illness or death, or damage to materiel, real property, immovables or the environment, regardless of the severity of the injury, illness or damage.

Note: DND and CAF policies and instructions set out notification, investigation and reporting requirements for all hazardous occurrences. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 694257)

hazardous field occurrence (situation comportant des risques en campagne)

A hazardous occurrence that happens during the conduct of, or results from, a field activity. (Defence Terminology Bank record number to be assigned)

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3. Policy Direction

Context

3.1 Detailed field safety-related responsibilities for DND employees and CAF members are set out in the National Defence Field Safety Orders and Directives (NDFSOD).

Policy Statement

3.2 The DND and the CAF are committed to ensuring:

  1. that DND employees, CAF members, employees of the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces (NPF employees) and members of the public are protected from occupational health and safety risks during the conduct of, or resulting from, field activities; and
  2. that all field activities are planned, conducted, implemented and managed within a field safety framework that is consistent with applicable practices and standards to the extent practicable in a military context.

Requirements

3.3 The DND and the CAF must:

  1. develop, implement and manage a National Defence Field Safety Programme (NDFSP);
  2. provide orders and directives to prevent or control dangers and hazards associated with the conduct of field activities;
  3. provide orders and directives regarding the requirement for, responsibilities to conduct, method of conduct of, reporting on and review of investigations into hazardous field occurrences;
  4. establish a safety management process with systematic and standardized methods for assessing the performance of field safety;
  5. identify field safety related trends, risks and vulnerabilities in order to make risk-based decisions that shape the field safety environment and provide effective and efficient oversight;
  6. establish standards, conditions and restrictions on the employment of personnel, vehicles and other materiel during the conduct of field activities;
  7. establish safety standards, conditions and restrictions for the conduct of field activities;
  8. establish conditions and restrictions in respect of access to, and observation of, field activities;
  9. establish training standards and qualifications for DND employees and CAF members who supervise, control or otherwise participate in field activities;
  10. ensure training standards and qualifications are applied to NPF employees and members of the public who may be granted access to field activities;
  11. establish, manage and deliver field safety awareness, training and education in order to foster the field safety culture and awareness of DND employees and CAF members;
  12. ensure that field safety requirements and suitability for service are considered during the materiel acquisition and support process;
  13. provide for advice to be given regarding equipment, vehicles and other materiel to be used in the field prior to their deployment;
  14. provide orders and directives regarding the provision of services to support field activities, including competitions and concentrations, conducted by recreational groups, associations, clubs and commercial businesses; and
  15. provide orders and directives regarding the participation by DND employees and CAF members in field activities, including competitions and concentrations, conducted by recreational groups, associations and clubs.

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4. Consequences

General

4.1 Should clarification of the policy statement, requirements or authorities set out in this DAOD be required, DND employees and CAF members may seek direction through their channel of communication or chain of command, as appropriate. The anticipated results set out in the policy statement may not be achieved by the DND and the CAF if the requirements specified in this DAOD are not properly implemented. Not achieving the anticipated results could affect the ability of the DND and the CAF to ensure that the CAF is prepared to undertake missions for the protection of Canada and Canadians and the maintenance of international peace and stability.

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5. Authorities

Authority Table

5.1 The following table identifies the authorities associated with this DAOD:

The ...
has the authority to …
Chief of the Naval Staff
  • develop and issue orders and other instruments relating to field safety that are specific to the maritime operating environment, in accordance with the NDFSOD.
C Army
  • establish and lead the NDFSP;
  • develop and issue DAOD, the NDFSOD and other instruments relating to field safety; and
  • develop and issue orders and other instruments relating to field safety that are specific to the land operating environment, in accordance with the NDFSOD.
Chief of the Air Force Staff
  • develop and issue orders and other instruments relating to field safety that are specific to the air operating environment, in accordance with the NDFSOD.

Commander, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
  • develop and issue orders and other instruments relating to field safety that are specific to the special forces operating environment, in accordance with the NDFSOD.

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6. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References

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