Afloat Safety Climate Assessment Survey (ASCAS) Taxonomy

Six Pillars of Operational Excellence Three Operating Methods
  1. PC = Procedural Compliance
  2. LoK = Level of Knowledge
  3. QA = Questioning Attitude
  4. FB = Forceful Backup
  5. Int = Integrity
  6. Form = Formality
  1. Operational Risk Management (ORM)
  2. Plan, Brief, Execute, Debrief (PBED)
  3. Hazard Reporting (HR)
Item # Survey Item Six Pillars Category Op Method

Op Method

Op Method

1 My work center has adequate resources (e.g., tools, equipment, publications, etc.) to perform its current tasks. PC x   x
2 Members of my work center are briefed to understand their roles and responsibilities during major evolutions and drills. PC   x  
3 Required publications are current and used in every job in my work center. PC x   x
4 Training is conducted as scheduled in my work center. PC x    
5 Leaders/Supervisors in my work center allow enough time to complete all jobs safely. PC   x  
6 My team members adequately conduct "housekeeping" actions. PC x x  
7 Reported shipboard hazards are quickly addressed. PC     x
8 My work center has enough experienced personnel to perform its current tasks and train the new personnel. LoK x   x
9 Members of my work center have been trained to operate emergency equipment. LoK x    
10 Members of my work center understand our command’s goals and mission. LoK   x  
11 My command's motorcycle safety program is working well to raise awareness of motorcycle rider requirements. LoK x    
12 Members of my work center, from the top down, incorporate operational risk management (ORM) into daily activities. QA x    
13 My team maintains high safety awareness, even during routine operations. QA x    
14 Members of my work center are comfortable reporting safety violations, unsafe behaviors, or hazardous conditions. FB     x
15 Team members can provide feedback to leaders/supervisors without fear of reprisal. FB     x
16 All members of my work center have the authority to halt unsafe activities until the hazards/risks are addressed. FB x x x
17 My command makes good use of special staff (e.g., legal, chaplain, medical, etc.) to assist those in need. FB x   x
18 Leaders/Supervisors in my work center care about my quality of life. FB x    
19 Members of my work center arrive at work prepared (i.e., well rested, properly equipped, motivated, etc.) to do their jobs safely and effectively. INT x    
20 Leaders/Supervisors acknowledge sacrifices my team members make to accomplish the mission. INT x    
21 Members of my work center are comfortable approaching their supervisor about personal issues/fatigue. INT x   x
22 Members of my work center do not cut corners to accomplish their job/mission. INT x    
23 Leaders/Supervisors in my work center set a good example for following standards. INT x    
24 My work center does not sacrifice safety for mission accomplishment. INT x    
25 Morale in my work center is high. INT      
26 For both normal work and special evolutions, my work center always uses the plan, briefs, execute, and debrief (PBED) method. FORM   x  
27 My chain of command keeps me well informed regarding important safety and operational information. FORM     x
28 Effective communication exists within my work center. FORM x   x
29 Effective communication exists among watch teams. FORM x   x
30 My chain of command enforces safety rules during daily work. FORM   x  
31 Leaders/Supervisors in my work center set aside regular time for coaching and mentoring. FORM